19 Year Old HIV+ Zvimba Girl Finds New Path

AT the age of 17, while still doing her Form three studies at Mucheri Secondary School in Zvimba, the lure of money pushed Theresa Mlambo (Not real name) into an early marriage with her cattle minder lover, a move she regrets to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Zvimba Just like many girls in the area who have dropped out of school in pursuit of marriages with Amakorokoza (Artisanal miners), farm workers and cattle headers, Theresa’s marriage did not last as she would leave her man nine months later upon…

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Cross Boarder Activity Fertile Ground For Multi Drug Resistant TB

FOLLOWING a positive diagnosis of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DR TB) in 2010, life for Mr Mthobisi Ndebele (45) from Makokoba, Bulawayo unfolded like a horror movie script in front of his eyes. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo Having worked as a Malayitsha for the better part of his life (cross boarder transporter) plying the South Africa /Zimbabwe route, he watched his fortunes fade into oblivion as his possessions, family, friends, and not forgetting his health vanish  into an abyss of uncertainty, leaving him broke, jobless and hopeless. At…

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SA Woman Invents Revolutionary Anti-Rape Gadget For Women

…It Delivers Instant Justice To The Offender RAPE is increasingly developing into an untamed beast the world over with cases of rape continuously being reported daily. By Michael Gwarisa According to global rape statistics, a woman is raped after every 98 seconds in the United States of America while South Africa also has a high rape prevalence rate. Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent. To rid the world of this…

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Of Depression And The Rise Of Suicides In Zimbabwean Universities

Depression is increasingly becoming a killer. According to stats, NCDs such as accidents, cancers and even depression have been identified as leading killers globally. By Kudakwashe Pembere Matters of the heart are complex and can take a huge toll on a student’s mental faculties. Worse yet if coupled with academic pressures and financial crunches, the impact can be catastrophic. In Zimbabwe , headlines every year are splashed all over of students ending their lives owing to these pressures. Depression and anxiety have become increasingly prevalent in today’s college students, with…

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Chivi Primary School Girls Get SRHR Empowerment Education

“Iyi Mbeu, Iyi Mbeu, Ngaichengetedzwe! Iyi Mbeu iyi, Iye mbeu iyi, iyi Mbeu Ngaichengetedzwe!” Loosely translated, the song means, “This seed should be guarded at all cost,” meaning the girl child’s body should be guarded, valued and respected.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chivi District Even though the song seemed somehow suggestive and vulgar as the Sista to Sista Mentor for Chivi Ward 7, Sibongile Chikwee would lead the girls from Jenya Primary and Secondary school in song and dance where they would touch various body parts including the…

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Schizophrenia Survivor Speaks Out…25 Years No Relapse

SURVIVING mental disorder, more so avoiding sliding back into a schizophrenic relapse is almost impossible.  According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Schizophrenia affects more than 23 million people worldwide. It is more common among males (12 million), than females (9 million) and starts earlier among men. By Kudakwashe Pembere People with schizophrenia are 2-3 times more likely to die early than the general population. This is often due to physical illnesses, such as cardiovascular, metabolic and infectious diseases (WHO). For 40 year old Tobias  Mudavanhu (name supplied) a Schizophrenia…

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Gender Violence Survivors Find Hope In Safe Shelter

THE road leading to Hauna, a fruits and horticulture farming community in Honde Valley in the Eastern Highlands, is one long, winding and treacherous one.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Hauna Honde Valley Through the mountainous and rugged terrain, the dark tarred road wriggles its way through the countryside from Nyanga, passing through some sloppy curves and escarpments. Owing to the high altitude, the sense of hearing somehow fades midway through the mountains while the light rain showers randomly spit from all directions. In the Banana, Sugarcane and fruit…

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Raped At 15, Impregnated, Fails To Abort

NINE months ago, what started as an ordinary school day ended tragically for one Primary school pupil Theresa Maropa (Not real name) from Tanda in Nyanga, after she was brutally raped and violated by a daring, unrelenting fellow villager.   By Michael Gwarisa in Nyanga The man whose identity is yet to be ascertained is married and has his family but indications are that he has since gone into hiding in some unknown location. By merely glancing at the young girl whose innocence was forcibly taken away from her, one…

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Unpacking Youth Friendly Family Planning Access With ZNFPC

ZIMBABWE joined the world in commemorating World Contraceptive Day on Spetember 26, 2018. The day is celebrated every year for the purposes of lobbying and advocating for  action for improved access and knowledge about Family Planning.   The 2018  theme was, “It’s your life: it’s your responsibility”. Family Planning is a key pillar to ensure safe motherhood. Access to information and services enables women and men the voluntary ability to space births, benefiting the mothers’ and children’s health and the community as a whole. It also reduces the risk of…

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Zvandiri Initiative Revives Hope In HIV+ Adolescents

HUMAN beings desire love, friendship and family, without these crucial elements, humanity ceases to make sense.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Recently in Banket Regardless of age, people living with HIV have to face serious stigma and discrimination in the societies they live in on daily basis. The situation becomes worse in young adolescent boys and girls who at times default on their medicines due to fear of being labelled by friends or schoolmates. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care Estimates (2015) in Zimbabwe, the estimated total number…

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