How COVID can disturb your sleep and dreams – and what could help

If you’ve had trouble sleeping during or after a COVID infection, you’re not alone. By the end of 2022, more than 650 million COVID infections had been reported to the World Health Organization. With the true number likely much higher, and the tally increasing by hundreds of thousands every week, the scientific community has been focused on understanding the impact of COVID on our physical health, mental health and brain function. By The Conversation In the early stage of the pandemic, sleep scientists charted the costs and benefits of lockdowns…

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Blood For Fuel Coupons: Has The NBSZ Finally Struck The Right Code?

THE 2018 proclamation by the then Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr David Parirenytwa of a free blood initiative in all public health institutions has resulted in increased demand for the precious liquid. As a result, the country’s blood bank has been running on less than the required stocks for a prolonged period now. By Michael Gwarisa According to global blood stocks standards, a healthy blood bank should have at least five days’ supply at any given time. However, in most cases, the Zimbabwean blood bank, the National…

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Health equity, not a pipe dream: EQUINET

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) has called for collective agency and action that embeds equity values in the region to promote health, amid deeply-rooted multiple challenges that are widening the gaps between rich and poor. By Nyasha Chingono The four-day EQUINET conference in 2022 (with session videos available on the EQUINET site) was held under the theme ‘Catalysing change for equity and social justice in health’. During the conference delegates raised calls for collaborative efforts between states, professionals and communities to tackle…

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Feli Nandi uses music to fight early child marriages

HAVING been married when she was around the age of 18 herself, songstress Felistas “Feli Nandi” Chipendo believes the world can be a better place if and when the girl child is allowed to be in school longer and if she is not rushed into marriage for any reason. By Michael Gwarisa According to UNICEF data, child marriage remains widespread in Zimbabwe and one woman out of every three was married before the age of 18. In Zimbabwe, some of the major drivers of child marriages include poverty, lack of…

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Zimbabwe SRHR Champions for 2022

ZIMBABWE has over the years made significant strides in terms of advancing Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services to a number of people from different age groups. However, despite the progress that has been made, there still remains some unfinished business that need to be faced head on in order to ensure equitable access to SRH services. Some of the unfinished business hindering Zimbabwe’s progress towards attaining SRH targets include rape or sexual abuse, Gender Based Violence (GBV), teen pregnancies, early child marriages, poor access to sanitary health and lack of…

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World pays the price to AMR low risk perception

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By Catherine Murombedzi Misuse, abuse and unnecessary exposure to antibiotics, when they are prescribed and used for conditions that are not caused by bacteria, like colds and flus, allows antibiotic-resistant strains to develop, this was highlighted in a recent webinar by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and experts during the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). With antimicrobial resistance now ranked a leading killer among all other diseases and conditions, the world has run out of time amidst calls for urgent attention to end the AMR scourge. A clarion call by…

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FAO,WHO and Zim Gvt Capacitate Poultry Farmers In Managing AMR

Mr Tonderai Bungu (46) a Rusenverde villager within Odzi District has been in the broiler farming business for five years. However, lack of information around poultry farming and management had been hampering progress in his poultry venture. By Kudakwashe Pembere For years, he had been using unorthodox means of medicating and treating his birds, a move he says would affect output of his chickens and compromise quality if birds. “This is my fifth year rearing chickens but so far it has been a year doing this training. Back then, I…

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Climate Change Hits Mana pools National Park: One Pool on brink of permanently drying up, Baobab trees dying

Approximately 7,000 kilometres away in the City of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, the world is gathered for the COP27 climate conference to take action towards achieving the world’s collective climate goals in the midst of raging global warming and climate change induced catastrophes. The conference kicked off on November 6 ending November 18. By Michael Gwarisa Back home in Zimbabwe, the effects of Climate Change can already be felt in the Mana Pools National Park, one of the country’s leading tourist attractions and home to 350 bird species and large…

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How Stoneridge, An Informal Settlement Uses Innovative Earthworm Technology To Manage Waste

IN 2019, the City of Harare hinted on plans to regularise Stoneridge, which is an illegal settlement 15 kilometers South East of the centre of Harare and houses not less than 39 000 households. However, while plans are still underway to formalise settlement and evidence of modern housing and road infrastructure already showing in some parts of Stoneridge where property developers have bought, there still remains a sizable number of people who are still informally settled. By Michael Gwarisa Majority of these people lack basic amenities owing to their settlement…

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Turning a Dump-Site into a fountain Of Hope: How MSF’s Sanitary Seals Are Purifying Underground Water in Harare’s Cholera Hotspots

Mrs Netsai Manthenga (46), a resident of Mbare National, recalls how they used to wake up as early as 4:00 in the morning to queue for water at Stoddard Hall in Mbare only to return home around mid-day. Elderly residents who failed to cope with the shoving and pushing at the water points would at times get their water from a nearby stream where raw sewage and dirty water that is usually drained from the Swimming pool nearby flows. By Michael Gwarisa It wasn’t easy,” she says, “Imagine spending eight…

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