Memoirs of GBV survivors: Catholic Relief Services and Musasa pave way for healing

With tears rolling down her cheeks, Sarudzai* 34 recalls the fateful day she was struck by an axe on her right arm. Bleeding profusely with a deep cut, she battled for her life. She stares into blank spaces, avoiding eye contact and trying but all means to forget the horrific incident. By Tariro Mhute “I am sure that day he really wanted to kill me. I felt wounded outside and inside, my heart was bleeding too, my heart had been shredded into tiny bits and pieces. I kept asking myself…

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NCDs and Disability Perspective During The IDD 2021

As Best Non-Communicable Diseases Zimbabwe (BeatNCDs Zim) we join the world in commemorating the International Day of Disability which is celebrated every year on the 4th of December. This year’s theme is “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”  So as people living with NCDs(PLWNCDs) and people with disabilities(PWDs) we are taking the centre stage of this year’s commemoration by being meaningfully involved in unpacking the relationship between NCDs and disability. By Jacob Ngwenya Non-communicable diseases are diseases that are not transmitted…

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Zim Only Has 22 Radiologists

THERE are 22 radiologists serving the whole of Zimbabwe with the majority based in Harare, one stationed in Bulawayo, HealthTimes has learned HealthTimes Correspondent This grim revelation comes at a time when massive brain drain of health workers is further crippling the health sector. In an interview, Dr CADX co-founder Mr Gift Gana said this was testimony to the limited human and infrastructural resources in Zimbabwe. We have got limited resources in Zimbabwe. And this includes radiologists who are our specialists for interpreting medical images. Here in Zimbabwe we have…

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Zimbabwe Records Over 1000 New COVID-19 Cases

…As country detects new Omicron variant …Expert warns against Hard Lockdowns A total 1 042 new local cases of COVID-19 were recorded last night, signalling the arrival of a fourth wave that many public health experts fear could be more devastating compared to previous waves due to the absence of adequate healthcare personal to attend to hospitalisations and severe cases. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care’s (MoHCC) daily situation report of December, 2 2021, 80 of the new 1042 are cases were detected from…

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“Without Sufficient Domestic Financing, Forget About Ending AIDS By 2030,” –HIV Advocates

ENDING AIDS by 2030 remains a pipedream for Zimbabwe if the current scenario whereby majority of funding for healthcare if coming from international donor organizations, top HIV and AIDS advocates have said. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe has made significant strides towards reducing new HIV infections and deaths over the years through support from global partners such as the PEPFAR, The Global Fund (GF) and others. However, emerging health issues such as the COVID-19 coupled with donor fatigue could see donors gradually shifting focus towards other issues. Addressing a 2021 World…

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A Doctor with a heart of Gold

GUARDIAN angels come in many forms and for Nyasha Chripasi (17) from Saziya village who was born with a disability, her prayers were answered the day she met Dr Tapiwa Nyamangodo, the Clinical Supervisor for the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) working the World Health Organisation in Chimanimani. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Nayamangodo has been leading a team of health and medical experts who were working under the ZIRP integrated health project where an array of services were being offered to Cyclone Idai survivors in Chimanimani district in Manicaland. Under…

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It’s All Systems Go for ESA Ministerial Commitments Reaffirmation Meeting at ICASA 2021

HEALTH ministers from across East and Southern African (ESA) countries will converge in Durban, South Africa to reaffirm their commitment to advancing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and youth friendly services in line with the 2030 development agenda and address unfinished business. By Michael Gwarisa In 2030, 20 ESA countries affirmed the ESA Ministerial commitments and in 2021, the affirmation meeting will take place during the 2021 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) conference in Durban South Africa which is running from 6 to 10…

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Delivering As One Post Cyclone Idai Devastation…The Road To Recovery For Cyclone Idai Survivors

PETER Mutisi, a Cyclone Idai survivor from Kopa, Chimanimani lost his wife, house and entire business empire to the disaster. For the past two years, he has been struggling to cope with the fact that all he had worked for and the person he loved the most disappeared right in front of his eyes and he couldn’t do anything about it. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani “Everything happened so fast, we receive plenty of rainfall every year in these parts and on the fateful night, that is March 15,…

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Africa CDC Warns Against Knee-Jerk Travel Ban

THE Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) says there is no science to prove  that travel bans work against reducing spread of the coronavirus. By Michael Gwarisa This comes as a reaction to the move by the United Kingdom (UK), Singapore and other countries that have imposed bans on Southern African countries for fear of of the new variant the B.1.1.529 that was detected by South African scientists. In a statement, the Africa CDC said, “Africa CDC strongly discourages the imposition of travel ban for people originating from countries…

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Strengthen Referral Pathways To End GBV

Civil Society Organizations have called for the strengthening of community referral pathways  in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). By Patricia Mashiri The call comes in the midst of the 16 days against GBV theme running under the theme, “Orange the world: end violence against women now. Speaking during a virtual meeting on GBV response, gaps and opportunities, Vimbai Nyika, the SRHR Africa Trust SRHR  Youth Officer said education is important in making sure that referral paths are built. The communities we live in need to know the important…

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