All Hands On Deck To Reach Zero Dose Children With Immunisation In Africa

By Michael Gwarisa Despite immunisation being one of the most impactful and cost-effective public health interventions, responsible for preventing over 4 million deaths every year, the African continent is currently lagging behind other world regions in terms of access to vaccines. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) data, every year, more than 30 million African children under the age of five suffer from Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs); and over half a million die due to limited access to immunisation services. This translates to 58 percent of global deaths from VPDs.…

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A Mother’s Unwavering Commitment: Ryan’s first Polio Vaccination

What seemingly started like an ordinary morning for Whyy Mutumbunzou (21), with her routine house chores, including caring for her only child, 1-year-old Ryan, took an unexpected and thrilling turn. A radio broadcast message from the MoHCC encouraging all mothers and caregivers to bring their children under five years for the 4th round of the Polio vaccination campaign. By Own Correspondent Despite not knowing what Polio was, Whyy enthusiastically gathered her belongings and walked briskly with her son to the nearest clinic, Hatcliff Family Health Services. For Whyy, the choice…

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“Report when Doctors Refer You To Their Private Surgeries” Says Minister Of Health

The Minister of Health and Childcare, Dr Douglas Mombershora has told parliament that patients must report to him when you there are reffered to private practices from government hospital. By Takunda Mandura Responding to a question by Hon Getrude Mutandi during questions and answers session What is the Government policy on medical doctors who refer patients to their private surgeries? For example, expecting mothers are referred to their private surgeries when in actual fact, medical assistance can be rendered at Government hospitals,” said Hon Mutandi . Dr Mombershora assured the…

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Unicef Zimbabwe urges government to invest in newborn health

Government should invest in approaches that improve the monitoring of newborn health, the UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe said on Friday. By Kuda Pembere Addressing the Zimbabwe Medical Association (ZIMA) conference Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale said it was important to invest in research and approaches that enhance newborn health. “I call on both the Government and experts to invest more in innovative approaches to monitor newborn health, especially at the community and improve referral linkages to facilities. At the same time, new investment in Implementation research to allow us to better understand the current…

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Zimbabwe to roll-out fourth round Polio Vaccination

The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and its partners will be rolling out the fourth round of Polio Vaccination from 10 to 13 October 2023 across the country’s 10 provinces. By Staff Reporter The move follows the discovery of Cases of Poliomyelitis disease that were detected among children in countries neighboring Zimbabwe in 2022. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), children under 5 years of age in Zimbabwe remain at high risk of getting this disease. According to the Ministry of Health E Programme on Immunisation (EPI),…

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UNICEF Zimbabwe launches child focused data repository

UNICEF Zimbabwe on Wednesday launched a data repository platform for data and statistics on child-focused indicators to strengthen evidence based, and data driven approach to programming, strategy formation and advocacy. By Staff Reporter The repository, which is a first of its kind in Africa, is a result of accumulated data that was extracted from various national survey sources across a number of years, designed to consolidate different data sources into a single unified platform for easy access, analysis and reporting. The repository provides real-time provision of updated national and sub-national…

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Over 4 000 Malnourished Zim children Admitted In Hospital

INCREASING poverty levels coupled with shortages of Ready To Use Therapeutic Foods (RTUFs) like ‘Plumpy-Nut,’ has resulted in 4 300 children being admitted in hospital for wasting, a scenario which threatens to derail the gains made in reducing wasting amongst children under five years. By Kuda Pembere The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes wasting as acute malnutrition. It is a sign that a child has experienced short periods of undernutrition, resulting in significant wastage of muscle and fat tissue. This means their weight is very low for their height. In…

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Zimbabwe Gvt Bans Use Of Cancer Causing John & Johnson Baby Powder

FOLLOWING findings from a study which unearthed that a chemical used in the manufacturing of Johnson and Johnson baby power causes cancer, Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has ordered retailers and pharmacies to destroy or immediately stop selling the J&J baby powder products to the public. By Staff Reporter Research by the American Academy of Paediatrics gathered that the talc used in the production of the baby powder was highly toxic due to contamination with carcinogen asbestos. Tanzania Bureau of Standards on the 19th of April 2023,…

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Sweden Allocates US$5.8 Million to UNICEF for Child Protection Programmes

IN a move that is set to boost support for child protection programs in Zimbabwe, the government of Sweden has allocated an amount to the tune of US$5.8 Million to the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), a UN agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. By Michael Gwarisa The funding will support different key interventions to protect children against violence, abuse and exploitation. The Swedish funding is part of the child protection fund 3, a multi-donor fund mechanism which is open to all partners entrusted in…

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French Government supports routine immunization and COVID-19 vaccination in Zimbabwe

WITH World Health Day commemorations slated for April 8, 2023 looming, the Ambassador of France, HE Laurent Chevallier, and the French Regional Counselor for Global Health in Southern Africa, Dr Thomas Mourez, recently had a field visit in Harare assessing how the country is faring in routine immunization. The visit was facilitated by the Ministry of Health and Child Care and UNICEF. By Staff Reporter The visit comes after the French Government contributed 2.5 million USD towards the COVAX facility programme. The funding will strengthen routine immunization and the integration…

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