Zim Quarantine Facilities Still Experiencing Test Kits Shortages- ZADHR

THE Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) has raised alarm of the low testing levels across Zimbabwe’s quarantine facilities as a result of shortages of test kits. By Michael Gwarisa According to the ZADHR’s 6th COVID-19 Monitoring and Advocacy Report, the shortages have resulted in test kits being priced way above the reach of many. Over the past 2 weeks ZADHR has received reports of shortages of screening and test kits at quarantine centres in Harare, Gweru, Chinhoyi and Victoria Falls and in some cases returnees being asked…

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Centralised COVID-19 Responses Hindering service Delivery in local authorities

WHEN the State fails to devolve its powers to the citizenry local government structures, the citizens lose their interest in what the government is doing. During the COVID-19, it has become very clear that without devolution, decisions will continue to be made by the central government for the different local government structures in Zimbabwe. By Precious Shumba, HRT Director  Devolution means transferring decision making powers to the local tiers of government. The citizens have the right to vote and play oversight over their local government structures, with the capacity to…

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Infertility: Don’t wait until it’s too late!

JUNE is World Infertility Awareness Month and there’s no better time to be proactive about your fertility health Parenthood is undeniably one of the most universally desired goals in adulthood, and most people have life plans that include children. However, not all couples who want a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and a proportion will need to seek medical treatment to help resolve underlying fertility problems. It’s therefore understandable that infertility has been recognised as a public health issue worldwide by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Infertility is when you…

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All High School Girls To Get Free Sanitary Products In New Zealand

Girls in New Zealand high schools will no longer have to pay for sanitary products after the government announced it would foot the bill in an attempt to stamp out widespread period poverty. Prime minister Jacinda Ardern said sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity and too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons. Schools in deprived areas also reported girls being forced to use toilet paper, newspaper and rags in an attempt to manage their period.…

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#Talking COVID-19 With Dr Grant: COVID-19 And Lessons For Africa

Dr Grant Marewanhema

THE world is currently undergoing one of the worst challenges ever; something nobody had foreseen. Millions of people have been infected by the novel coronavirus; hundreds of thousands have died, and a lot more have battled for their lives. By Dr Grant Murewanhema Governments have imposed lockdowns, and productivity has gone down. The developed world, especially the UK, USA and American countries have been hardest hit by the pandemic, and many of these are struggling to cope on many fronts. Economies are expected to crash following protracted periods of suppressed…

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28 Million Surgeries Could Be Cancelled worldwide: The Collateral Damage To Other Medical Services

THE current COVID-19 pandemic is the defining crisis of our time and has seized the collective attention of the world. However, the potential collateral damage threatens to add to the effects of COVID-19 for years after the post-pandemic period. 28.4 million surgical procedures will be postponed or cancelled according to a new study published in the British Journal of Surgery. The research was performed by a global group of researchers known as the ‘COVIDSurg Collaborative’ that rapidly set up the project in record time and formed one of the largest…

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COVID-19 Affects Condom Distribution…Sex Workers Fear For Lives

THE Women Against All Forms Of Discrimination (WAAD), an organisation representing rights of sex workers and women has warned of a possible spike in new HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections during the lockdown period due shortages of condoms and other critical sexual reproductive health (SRH) services. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, WAAD Coordinator, Ms Hazel Zemura said the COVID-19 induced lockdown had affected distribution of essential SRH services especially amongst sex workers who have since moved their trade from clubs and bars to the streets and highways where truck…

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Rasha Kelej creates a song by singers from 11 African countries to support medical workers during Coronavirus battle

Rasha Kelej: I have directed and produced for the first time, a song by singers from 11 African countries for the first time together in three languages; English, French and Arabic to show our support for medical workers around the world. This is my personal contribution towards the response to Coronavirus pandemic. In what has now become a global way of showing support and appreciation for medical workers around the world, during Coronavirus battle, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans started her…

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#JUSTIN: Blood Shortages Hit Zim

THE National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) says blood supplies has been greatly reduced during the Lockdown period at the back of shortages of critical imported consumables such as test kits and blood bags, owing to serious funding and procurement challenges. By Michael Gwarisa The Blood Bank’s Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah in a statement said due to the to the COVID-19 pandemic, the procurement of these critical items has been delayed due to logistics challenges caused by international travel restrictions, which has led to the scarcity of cargo flights. Most…

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Zimbabwe’s First Premium Sex Toy Store Launched

INTIMATE Store, Zimbabwe’s first premium sex toy shop has been launched, a move set to complement  and boost couples and individuals sexual fantasies. By Michael Gwarisa The world over, sex toys are popular devices used in complementing and satisfying sexual desires for both sexes. The company’s marketing manager, Fadzai Jones said the shop was nothing sinister and was only meant to ensure individuals enjoy intimacy to the fullest. “Intimate Store is Zimbabwe’s first premium adult toy store licensed by the Government of Zimbabwe. We help you discover what you need…

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