ZIMPHIA 2020 Could Leapfrog Zim Towards Ending AIDS By 2030

FOR the first time, Gogo Mhlanga (75) of Filabusi in Matebeleland South is seeing the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA 2020) survey banner. She wonders what it is all about and why it has been erected close to her homestead. By Michael Gwarisa A few minutes later, the ZIMPHIA 2020 Southern Region Survey Coordinator, Mrs Kudzanayi Moyo walks to her and explains what the message on the banner is saying and why the ZIMPHIA team is in the area. Her face lights up with joy and expresses gratitude…

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Study Exposes Correlation Between Diesel Generator Fumes and Rise In Respiratory Diseases in Zim

ZIMBABWE has been battling long hours of load shedding and prolonged hours of darkness since early 2019.Most Zimbabweans have resorted to alternative energy sources such as Solar Panels, Gas for cooking and refrigeration, Kerosene, rechargeable lamps and generators. By Michael Gwarisa In as much switching to alternative energy sources is a welcome move, majority of the combustible sources could result in negative health implications. Diesel generators for example produce these small carbon like particles which if inhaled could pose some serious respiratory consequences. According to a study titled,”Health effects of…

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Demystifying Asthma: One On One With Asthma and Allergies Guru

HAVE you ever felt like a 100 inch mega Wrench is grippingly tightening your chest and your lungs are about to explode and its driving you crazy? You gasp for air, and you feel this tense sensation accompanied by a dry cough and whizzing. You feel dead already and  the temptation to sing “Nearer My God To Thee” is so compelling. Don’t panic as yet, its probably Asthma and all hope is not lost as yet. With earlier diagnosis, proper treatment and management the symptoms could be gone within weeks.…

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How Animal Medications Are Fueling Drug Resistance In Humans

ITS 10:00 in the morning and a Harare man walks into one of the Agroshops licensed as Veterinary Medicine General Dealers in the central business district enquiring of a possible remedial solution for his dying chickens. By  Kudakwashe Pembere Panting heavily and with a sad look, he tells the cashier the symptoms. Even though the attendant advises that the man takes the dead chickens for a post mortem, he proceeds to dispense some Oxytetetracycline which he says could cure the birth flue and get rid of the bacterial infection. He…

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Desperate Zimbos Turn To Crowd Funding For Healthcare Financing

IN a country where medical aid coverage is less than 10 percent, ordinary Zimbabweans who can’t afford medical aid cover and health insurance have found solace in crowd funding initiatives for critical surgeries and treatment for complicated ailments. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), medical aid coverage has dropped from a high of 10 percent in 2018 to the current  9 percent, making it untenable for majority of Zimbabweans whose life savings and hard earned cash has turned into manure since August 2018 at…

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Mberengwa Cries For Help…Battles High ARVs Coverage Gap

AT a time when other districts are doing well in terms of advancing treatment and care to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) clients, Mberengwa remains in the negative despite efforts by partners and the ministry of health and child care to advance treatment to the area. Mberengwa has a low ART coverage of 44, 5 percent as of last year, making it one the districts with the highest ART  gap (3,000 – 10,000) along with 19 other districts which include Zvimba, Gokwe, Chipinge, Bulawayo, Goromonzi, Insiza, Umguza, Kwekwe, Mt Darwin, Lupane, Mazowe,…

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2019 Top 10 Health Champions

IT’S that time of the year once again where we appreciate and honour those who sacrificed their time, resources and life to the good cause of advancing quality health services in various communities around the country. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health sector is currently in the doldrums and only a miracle of double proportion can resurrect this ailing industry. The year 2019 was characterised by massive job actions by health personnel, lack of sundries and hospital equipment to mention just a few challenges. However, despite these challenges, some individuals remained…

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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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