Gendered Corruption In Health Sector, Women Bear The Brunt

HEALTH sector corruption has over the years been swept under the carpet and in most cases, citizens tend to turn a blind eye to its existence. By Michael Gwarisa However, evidence gathered by the Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) indicate that health sector corruption  comes in different facets and is an everyday occurrence and affects women the most. Corruption is defined by Transparency International as the “Misuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Corruption in most cases occur when public officials who have been given authority and a goal which further…

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Ex WENELA Miner Recounts Horrific Health Conditions

Talks TB exposure Squalid living arrangements Inhuman treatment & racism IN the mid-70s, at the height of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, South Africa opened up job opportunities in its mining fields with the aim of luring the young and youthful men mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and others to work in the mines. By Michael Gwarisa Some say the call by South Africa to have young men work in their mine fields was a botched effort meant to distract young people from joining the liberation struggles in their respective…

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Nyakuchena Youth Centre, Reduces Child Marriages In Mudzi

JOURNEY of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Having been established in 2005, Nyakuchena Youth Centre has become a source of refuge and escape from the evil world by most young people, especially adolescent boys and girls in Mudzi whose daily lives are constantly threatened by their surroundings. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Mudzi Just like any other broader community, Mudzi is susceptible to numerous health woes which include Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), high HIV infections and sex work. Without mechanisms in place to help fight these challenges,…

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Giving Traditional Leaders Arresting Powers Could End Early Unintended Pregnancies

MUDZI has one of the highest prevalence of Early and Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) and early child marriages owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being poverty, peer pressure and a lack of education. Girls within the age range of 15-17 constitute a large number of girls dropping out of school and those getting married in Mudzi. Owing to its proximity to the boarder and the expansion of mining activities in the area, high cases of Early Unintended Pregnancies and early child marriages continue to be recorded despite efforts…

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Swedish Embassy Breaking Menstrual Health Barriers

“MENSTRUATION is a girls issue, why should i care?” said Tafadzwa a Grade 6 pupil with Avondale Primary School. ” I would rather not talk  or discuss about it,” he says. By Kudakwashe Pembere This is the kind of attitude young girls experiencing menstruation for the first time and in school go through. At times, the treatment can be worse for young girls of school going age as they have to endure long hours of bullying , jeering and insults at the hands of their male counterparts. The situation even…

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Five Time Suicide Survivor Speaks Out

DEPRESSION knows no boundary. Neither does it respect religion, social status, race, color, or even looks. By Kudakwashe Pembere It is no secret that  Mrs Ellen Maponga (35) a Zimbabwean woman based in South Africa is a dazzling beauty. Her sparkling glassy grey eyes and slim figure could easily deceive one into thinking that the World Mental Health Day commemorations which she was also a part of in Harare was a beauty pageant. Besides just being a beauty, Ellen stands out as one of the few individuals who have successfully …

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Bilharzia Causing Worm Increases Risk Of HIV Infection

SCHISTOSTOMIASIS, the worm that causes Bilharzia can increase the risk of infection. Article Originally Written by Felicia Wong Fresh water sources are a lifeline to so many people across Africa. And yet they can harbour parasitic worms that increase the risk of HIV for women and girls. Share “Have you heard of schistosomiasis or bilharzia? Did you know that there is a link with HIV?” This has been my opening line for many conversations over the last two years. It was (and still is) often met with a pause. Mostly…

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Guruve Couples Turn To Withdrawal Method…As Contraceptives Crisis Deepens

IT’S a chilly evening in the sandy plains of Guruve and everyone is tucked in their homes waiting to have a hot meal and take an evening nap. Everyone is talking about the change of weather and how all of a sudden, September has turned out to be freezing  while some ambitious farmers are already contemplating tilling the land. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Guruve For married couples, evenings are like what Christmas is to a five year old. It is a well-known and scientifically proven fact that men get…

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Children Tariro: Building Economic Resilience For HIV Epidemic Control

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This adage as cliché and old as it may sound is relevant and key to developing strong systems for better epidemic control and management. By Michael Gwarisa In Manicaland Province Many a times, young people especially girls, fall prey to cunning and daring men who use gifts to lure them into having sexual intercourse as a result of poverty. Since most of these victims are below…

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Post Cyclone Idai Depression Stalks Chimanimani

News chronic ailments cases recorded Both health workers and affected communities need psychosocial support FARAI Jochoma is by no doubt the most famous fast food dealer in Ngangu, Chimanimani. His makeshift food spot is a hive of activity throughout the day as foodies and local youths gather at his place to buy food or play a game of pool. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani His heavily built stature and ever laughing personality hides a story.  A story that is born out of pain, grief and loss of friends and…

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