Health Minister Sets Technical Committee For Public Hospital Equipment

HEALTH and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo has set up a technical committee for the coordination of hospital equipment procurement processes which is end user driven and under NatPharm. By Kudakwashe Pembere This development comes at a time when medical professionals decry obsolete equipment and user-unfriendly machines and instruments. Dr Moyo in an interview revealed his plan to replenish the public health sector with adequate, accurate and trending equipment and sundries. On Thursday, the committee was set up with Dr Harunavamwe Chifamba appointed by the Minister to chair it,…

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Sudan: Lives of traumatized, displaced women in West Darfur under threat

ONGOING instability in Sudan’s West Darfur region has left the lives, health and safety of thousands of women hanging in the balance, according to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA. Since 28 December, intercommunal disputes in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) have left more than 40,000 civilians displaced, of whom an estimated 10,800, are women of reproductive age. More than 50 were killed and 60 others injured, the UN has reported, and thousands of civilians in recent weeks crossed the border into Chad, seeking refuge. Citing two flash reports…

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Harare To Ban Hosepipes Use

HARARE City is considering banning the use of watering hosepipes as a way of curbing and containing the abuse of the scarce resource. By Kudakwashe Pembere Harare Environmental Management Committee chairperson Counsellor Kudzai Kadzombe said top on their agenda in their first meeting as a committee is to ban hosepipes. “We are facing a water crisis at the moment and we are making a resolution in our first environmental management committee next week to ban the usage of hosepipes,” she said. She explained that the reason why there are banning…

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Gvt Urged To Make Realistic Commitments Towards Improving Nutrition Standards

THE Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance (ZCSOSUNA), has challenged government to make realistic and attainable nutrition targets ahead of the forthcoming 2020 Japan Nutrition for Growth summit. By Michael Gwarisa Addressing Journalists this morning, ZCSOSUNA Projects Officer, Kudzai Chavhunduka said government should take the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth (N4G) Summit  to be held in December  as a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global challenge of malnutrition. As the country’s Civil Society Alliance in Scaling Up Nutrition, we applaud the government of Zimbabwe for…

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Top Global Pharmaceutical Firms Pledge Quality Healthcare For 1.7 Million Africans

JOHNSON &JOHNSON together with other major global pharmaceutical players have joined hands with Last Mile Health and Living Goods to increase access to healthcare to community based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in not less than six African countries. HealthTimes Repoter The other firms include  Lilly, Novartis (Novartis.com), Pfizer (Pfizer.com), GSK (GSK.com) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) and the pledge is part of their shared commitment to accelerate universal health coverage. The Health Worker Training Initiative is a three-year investment, generously matched by The Audacious…

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Study Endorses Psychosocial Therapy In Low and Middle Income Countries

AS Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Ministry intends to adopt the Friendship Bench community mental health initiative, a research published on Lancet Psychiatry has shown that psychosocial therapy interventions is effective in bridging the mental health gap in low income and middle income countries. By Kudakwashe Pembere In Zimbabwe, there is a globally renowned intervention named the Friendship Bench where community health workers such as the Mbuya Utsanana and even the youth are used as psychotherapists. The Health Ministry in its 2019-2023 Mental Health Strategic Plan in the adoption of…

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Boreholes Now HIV and Pregnancies Traps For Young Girls

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THE prevailing water crisis in Harare and other parts of the country exposes girls and young women to HIV infections and early unintended pregnancies (EUPs) owing to the lengthy hours they spend in long winding queues and boreholes where they end up fraternising with individuals who harbor evil intentions. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch of the Harare Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA), Harare province acting provincial development coordinator Mrs Catherine Kampila said the water crisis in Harare had created a fertile breeding ground for risky sexual behaviour…

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Machete gangs: A mental health perspective

Noreen Wini-Dari & Douglas Zvomuya Zimbabwe has experienced so much traumatic events across generations. Each generation has its own unique and fair share of trauma. With a poor focus on mental health within our country, most people remain untreated and may become perpetrators of violence at family, community or national level. Some of the common manifestations of poor mental health include substance abuse, suicide, depression and various forms of psychopathology. The violent killings that have gripped our nation perpetrated by what have become known as machete gangs can at best be…

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Frequently Asked Questions About The ZIMPHIA Door To Door Survey

ZIMBABWE in November 2019 joined other five African countries in conducting the ongoing six months long door to door HIV survey dubbed the: “Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA).” The survey ending in March is being funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with technical assistance from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey will be led by Government working in conjunction with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), National AIDS Council (NAC) and ICAP at Columbia University. To unpack as well…

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Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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