Stanbic kick-starts major health services initiative

STANBIC Bank Zimbabwe launched a Corporate Social Investment Flagship project, which debuted at the handover of the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe half-way house known as Tariro Hostel held recently. To kick-start USIZO-RUYAMURO, Stanbic Bank refurbished and purchased bed linen and other utilities for the Hostel which provides rent-free accommodation for cancer patients who do not stay in Harare when they come for their chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments at Parirenyatwa Hospital and Harare Central Hospital. Established in 1974 by CAZ, Tariro Hostel has been lying idle since 2007 as it succumbed…

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Tourism Industry Could Fund Zim Healthcare

HEALTH experts have called on Zimbabwe’s government to consider broadening the health financing net by tapping into better performing sectors such as tourism among others. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health sector is currently reeling from under-funding with majority of financial resources coming from donors and the international community. However, there have been growing calls from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and health economists to consider mobilising domestic financial resources to fund health sector operations. United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Assistant Country Representative, Abigail Msemburi said the tourism sector was currently one…

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Civil Societies urged to engage community in UHC

CIVIL Societies Organisations (CSOs) been urged to engage communities on issues pertaining to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in a bid to simplify the issues surrounding the subject for better understanding and uptake at grassroots. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a meeting on UHC in the capital, Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT) representative, Morgen Chinoona said the issue of UHC needed more awareness raising especially in hard to reach areas. It is important for us to engage communities because they have a right to know about risks to their health and…

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Free To Shine Initiative To Reduce Childhood HIV By 2030

THE First Lady of Zimbabwe, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa through the Free to Shine initiative, has pledged to heavily reduce new HIV infections in new born babies by the year 2030. By Michael Gwarisa The Free to Shine campaign, which  is an initiative of the wives of African Heads of State who have come forward to end Child AIDS and keeping mothers alive as part of their contribution towards the global goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. In a speech read on her behalf by Director…

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Africa Should Manufacture Own Condoms To End New HIV Infections

Julitta Onabanjo

THE United Nations Population Fund, East and Southern Africa (UNFPA-ESARO) Regional Director Dr. Julitta Onabanjo said Africa has a condom gap of 6 billion, a situation which has resulted the in the emergence of new infections  even in countries which used to have low HIV proportions. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya The region has been experiencing a surge in new HIV infections in young adolescent girls despite a reduction in infections in other countries around the world. Countries such as Botswana, Madagascar, Eritria, Burundi and Ethiopia have recording increases…

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Zim Makes Renewed ICDP Commitments

ZIMBABWE has committed to advancing quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services to adolescent girls, women and young people in line with the ICPD25 goal of ending the unfinished business to health access. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Presenting the commitments on the closing day of the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), Director Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) Dr Robert Mudyiradima said Zimbabwe was willing to make revisions to certain policies hindering access to sexual reproductive health and rights.…

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Zim On Track To Fulfilling 1994 ICPD Commitments

ZIMBABWE  will tomorrow be presenting new commitments to the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) summit in Kenya, Nairobi amidst indications that the country is amongst the few countries which have excelled in advancing Sexual Reproductive Health services to young women and girls in line with international trends. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya In 1994, more than 179 governments converged in Cairo, Egypt where they committed to advance quality sexual reproductive health services and population development in line with modern day needs. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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Higher Life Foundation, End Fund Join NTDs Fight

HIGHERLIFE Foundation and The End Fund has joined hands with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, UNICEF and World Health Organization ( WHO) in the fight of Neglected tropical diseases(NTDs). By Patricia Mashiri in Victoria Falls Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a stakeholders meeting for the feedback on the results of the impact assessment of six rounds of mass drug administration for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthiasis the Higherlife Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Kennedy Mubaiwa said despite the foundation’s strong education background, they got involved…

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#ICPD25: Governments Doing Lip Service On Ending GBV Against Women and LGBTQ

MOST African governments have progressive policies against gender based violence (GBV) but are failing on implementation, United Nations High Commissioner for Human, Dr Michelle Bachelete has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Briefing a panel session on GBV at the ongoing International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in Kneya, Nairobi, Dr Bachelete said GBV requires urgent attention and political will by governments. It is the state or country’s responsibility to protect its citizens against gender based violence. Violence is so widespread violence everywhere, in rich countries and poor countries.…

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US$264 Billion Required To Cover Critical ICPD Gaps

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr Natalia Kanem says a total of US$264 billion investment is required to transform the future of women’s health as well as the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for girls and women. By Michael  Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Addressing a media briefing, Dr Kanem said the Narobi Summit on International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) is to mobilise the political will and financial commitments so urgently needed to implement the program of action that was agreed by governments in 1994…

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