Depression: Silent Killer for Young Girls & Women Living With HIV

PUBERTY is one stage associated with anxiety, joy and stress for young girls transitioning from childhood to adulthood. The hormonal and reproductive changes which include the bulging bust, widening of hips, protruding hindquarters and menstrual flows all just come too fast within a short space of time. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru However, for adolescents and young girls living with HIV, this phase could be traumatic and heart rending in the absence of proper counselling and psychosocial support. Phyliss Mavushe (24), a young person living with HIV and also…

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Integrated Nutrition And WASH Project Transforms Binga Fortunes

NUTRITION is a basic human right and has been identified as the most pertinent and key component in ensuring countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), hence the need for a multisectoral nutrition security approach towards realising nutrition goals for citizens. By Michael Gwarisa in Binga Despite most governments including Zimbabwe having committed to advancing nutrition centered solutions as well as ending malnutrition by the year 2030, more still needs to be done to realise this vision. In Binga, the issue of food insecurity as a result of reoccurring droughts has…

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OVC Program: Hope for HIV positive mothers

IT is a beautiful Tuesday morning and Sarudzai (36) wakes up very early at the break of dawn to do her household chores and prepare her eldest 12-year-old child for school. Limping, she does her chores methodically and thoroughly. Health Correspondent Sarudzai is living with a disability, her left leg is deformed since birth but she has mastered the art of doing everything on her own and fend for her family.  The married mother of three from Mutimuri Village in Chegutu District is living with HIV but she has since…

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Demystifying Dolutegravir based antiretroviral drug regimens

ZIMBABWE recently joined other nations to adopt the new HIV treatment regimens that contain Dolutegravir (DTG).  The complete transition process for Zimbabwe however, will not take less than 10 months to be fully implemented considering that the country has over a million people on first line HIV medicines. By Michael Gwarisa and Dr. Simbarashe Mabaya Countries  adopt normative guidance by the World Health Organization (WHO) which is based on rigorous review and analysis of scientific evidence. Based on this review WHO develops recommendations which make up the next guidelines. Countries…

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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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