Zim Government Starts Transfer Of Health Workers From Council To Gvt Payroll

THE Zimbabwean government has started the process of transferring health workers from Chitungwiza and Harare Municipalities to government payroll as part of government’s efforts to centralize essential services. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing the media during a pots cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutvsangwa confirmed the development. Cabinet wishes to inform the public that its decision to transfer health workers from the Chitungwiza and Harare Municipalities’ payrolls to the Government payroll has started in earnest, with 60 out of the 65 nursing staff in Chitungwiza having…

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New Data Shows COVID-19 Combined With Funding Shortfalls Are Devastating Efforts To End TB By 2030

NEW data released by the Stop TB Partnership today released new data showing how the COVID-19 pandemic and dismally low levels of funding represent the main barriers to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of ending TB by 2030. Own Correspondent The data from 2021 shows that the impact of COVID-19 on the TB response has continued to be profound: 1.2 million fewer people have been diagnosed and treated for TB in in 2021 with four months still left in the calendar year. Currently, only US$6.5 billion per annum…

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Safe Abortion Care: self-managed abortion pills could open up access and hold up autonomy

I became an abortion provider almost 10 years ago. Since then, I have helped countless people around the world access safe abortion care. I’ve also witnessed the devastating complications from unsafe abortion when people do not have access to this essential health care. Unsafe abortion is one of the main causes of maternal death and suffering worldwide, and the only one that is almost entirely preventable. Own Correspondent An abortion with pills is a game-changer. The simple regimen, taken over 24 hours, has the power to completely revolutionise access to…

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UN Agencies, Partners Hold GBV, HIV Training For Interfaith Organisations

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) together with the UN Women, UNESCO and the National Aids Council (NAC) are hosting a tow day Virtual Capacity Training for Interfaith Network Members and Faith Based Organizations on Male Engagement for Training on Gender Based Violence and HIV. By Michael Gwarisa The training marks the third such event the organizations have jointly hosted in 2021 in a  move meant to equip leaders from various religious and interfaith groups with knowledge around GBV and HIV issues so as to reduce…

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Zimbabwe To Launch Mental Health Investment Case Report

ZIMBABWE is set to launch the Mental Health Investment case report in October which will be used mainly as an advocacy tool providing quantified evidence of the long-term health, social and economic benefits of investment in mental health. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a mental health case investment case inception virtual meeting, Mr Gwati Gwati, the  Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Health Economist said the Mental health case investment case provides quantification of the costs of mental health conditions to the health sector and to the national economy…

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Ignore Zoonotic Diseases At Own Peril- Dr Marume

ONE of Zimbabwe’s leading Veterinary Pharmacist, Dr Amos Marume has called on government and the health sector at large to invest heavily towards Zoonotic disease surveillance and early detection in order to avoid and contain future diseases outbreaks. By Michael Gwarisa Zoonotic Diseases are disease transmitted from animals to humans and Dr Marume’s call comes in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that is also believed to have originated from bats and other wild animals. Addressing delegates at the just ended Retail Pharmacists Association conference in Harare, Dr Marume said…

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2021 SRHR Activism Awards Winners Honored

THE Sexual Reproductive Health and Right Africa Trust (SAT), has awarded young people who excelled in advancing work around SRHR in communities throughout the year 2021 despite challenges that were brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa The SRHR Activism awards are amongst other reasons aimed at motivating young people to advocate for their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in their respective communities. Officiating at the awards event, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Zimbabwe Country Director, Ms Sophia Mukasa Monico said young people have a…

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Zim’s Forex Auction System Backlog Chokes Pharmaceutical Operations

DELAYS in the disbursement of foreign currency by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) foreign exchange auction system is threatening the existence of Zimbabwe’s pharmaceutical sector amidst indications that pharmaceutical operators are in some instances going for two and half months without getting any disbursement from the auction system. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe adopted the Dutch Foreign Exchange System in June 2020 whereby business can access foreign currency at an RBZ set exchange rate in a move that was meant to stabilize and tame the peripatetic parallel market rate. Speaking…

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Full Economy Opening Premised On Vaccination- Mthuli Ncube

Prof Mthuli Ncube

THE Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mtuli Ncube has called on Zimbabweans to get vaccinated for the economy to fully open up. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 vaccination program on Zimpapers Television Network, Prof Ncube said there was no reason for Zimbabweans to shun vaccination as government procured millions of vaccine doses towards that cause. Vaccination strategy in Zimbabwe is also an economic recovery strategy. We can only open up the economy safely if everyone is safe, if people will not infect each other. Therefore,…

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Red Cross Partners ZITF In health and First Aid Services

Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) has once again partnered with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) through provision of free health and first aid services with the organisation providing COVID 19 vaccinations at this year’s edition of the annual business showcase. Own Correspondant In support of the government accelerated and decentralised vaccination drive, the ZRCS has deployed a team of medical doctors and nurses who are providing COVID 19 vaccinations for free within the exhibition centre, bringing the much-needed services closer to the people who might have missed an opportunity…

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