USAID Announces Two New Food Security Programs Totaling US$130 Million

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on October 21 two new food security programs, Takunda and Amalima Loko. These five-year programs will target nearly 490,000 Zimbabweans in Matabeleland North, Masvingo, and Manicaland provinces. These two new programs will build on the United States’ investment in Zimbabwean people and tackle the root causes of food insecurity and poverty by assisting almost a half a million vulnerable Zimbabweans to transition from humanitarian assistance to resilience and self-reliance,” said USAID director Art Brown. Takunda, a Shona word meaning “We Have…

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Fake Doctor Unmasked At Parirenyatwa Hospital

PARIRENYATWA Group of Hospitals have handed over to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) a fake medical doctor who had infiltrated the Accident and Emergency department. By Michael Gwarisa According to a Press Statement released by Parirenyatwa Hospitals, the fake doctor who had posed as a qualified physician registrar was only exposed after he inquired on how to handle a certain procedure from colleagues. The matter was discovered after our Causality Staff doubted his medical proficiency and made some inquires. The suspect has been handed over to the police who are…

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Don’t Relax As Yet, It’s Possible To Experience A COVID-19 Resurgence In Zim Says Dr Gasasira

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe country representative, Dr Alex Gasasira says the current low COVID-19 infection rate in Zimbabwe was not a license to flaunt COVID-19 preventions measures as doing so would lead to a second wave of infections. By Michael Gwarisa His comments come at the back of increased reports that citizens were now going about their business as usual without observing physical distancing, masking and hand-washing as prescribed by the WHO guidelines.   In an interview on the sidelines of a handover ceremony of COVID-19 test kits…

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Korean Gvt Donates US$350K Worth Of COVID-19 Test Kits To Zimbabwe

…As India Fifth Tranche of medicines arrive in the country THE government of the Republic of Korea has donated COVID-19 test kits valued at US$350,000 towards Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 response as part of Korea’s commitment to By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the handover ceremony at State House in the Capital Harare, Zimbabwe President, Emerson Mngangagwa said the Korean government has been assisting Zimbabwe’s health sector in many ways especially under the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of government and the people of Zimbabwe and my own behalf, let me sincerely express…

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Zimbabwe Records Reduction In Malaria New Infections Says CDC

ZIMBABWE has made substantial progress in reducing malaria incidence compared to levels recorded a decade ago at the back of collective effort from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and increased financial and technical assistance from the United States President Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Center for Diseases Control (CDC) in Zimbabwe has said. By Michael Gwarisa The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was launched in Zimbabwe in 2011 and is led by the USAID and implemented together with CDC. The CDC said even though there has been a…

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Delivering as one in the face of COVID-19

Amid the COVID 19 pandemic World Food Programme food distribution points have provided a one stop shop for millions of Zimbabwe. It has become a platform for knowledge exchange as well as a go to place for family planning commodities. WFP is the largest humanitarian organization in the UN system, with the deepest field presence in the most difficult settings. WFP’s vast footprint across Zimbabwe provides the opportunity for partners across the humanitarian and health sector to use its food distributions as a one-stop-shop for providing essential information and services.…

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UNICEF To Stockpile Over Half A Billion Syringes By Year End, As Part Of Efforts To Prepare For Eventual COVID-19 Vaccinations

AS the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery of the eventual vaccine by purchasing and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment. SOURCE: UNICEF COMMUNICATION As soon as COVID-19 vaccines successfully emerge from trials and are licensed and recommended for use, the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine. To begin preparations, this year, UNICEF will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, part of a larger plan of 1 billion syringes by 2021, to guarantee…

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Gvt, Partners Readies Humanitarian Assistance For Tongogara Refugee Camp, As Mozambique Conflict Rages

THE Ministry of Public Service and Social Welfare working together with various partners including the World Food Program (WFP) says they are ready to increase food and humanitarian assistance at Tongogara refugee camp should the demand for assistance increase at the back of conflict in neighboring Mozambique. By Michael Gwarisa Tongogara refugee camp currently houses not less than 15 000 refugees from various countries and should the conflict in Mozambique persist, there are fears it could lead to an influx of refugees coming to seek protection at Tongogara camp. Speaking…

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education Could Help End SGBV In Schools- UNFPA

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)says Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), could reduce cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SHBV) in schools since it is a scientifically proven methodology of delivering sexuality education to learners. By Michael Gwarisa   Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Zimbabwean schools is perpetrated either by teaching and non-teaching staff and peers. An insidious form of gender-based violence is embedded in child labour practices in the school and the community and gender-based violence is perpetuated by a culture of silence informally maintained by victims, teachers,…

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Zimbabwe Among Low To Medium COVID-19 Risk Travel Destinations Whose Citizens Can Now Visit Seychelles

ZIMBABWE has been added to the list of nine other countries in the category one countries which are considered low and medium risk and its citizens joins citizens other nine African countries that will be able to visit Seychelles as tourists from next week. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Seychelles Travel tourism travel advisory published on Friday, Zimbabwe joins other African in the category one list which include Botswana, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, South Africa and  visitors from these destinations are permitted to enter Seychelles,…

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