Harare City Introduces Health Insurance

By Kudakwashe Pembere A community health insurance scheme covering several health services for Harare City’s citizens should be operational before the month ends, HealthTimes has learned. In an interview with the Harare Municipality Health Services Manager Mr Richard Chigerwe, he said the scheme was different from the Harare Municipality Medical Aid which covers their employees. He said residents will have to pay a monthly subscription of US$2 to access various healthcare services under the scheme named “Utano Wedu”. Harare Municipal Medical aid is a closed medical aid for City Council…

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The Burden Of Unpaid Care Work On The Mental Health Of Low-earning Women in Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa Every morning, Felistas Makombe (32), from Ruwa has to wake up early and leave for work around 5:00 Am. She works as a cleaner in one of the leading cleaning companies in Zimbabwe. She has to take the earliest bus into town to ensure she gets to work on time and starts cleaning before offices open. With the ongoing road rehabilitation projects in Harare, most roads have been closed and motorists have to either make plans to leave work early or find alternative routes on time lest…

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“Illuminating a Path to Sustainable Healthcare: Why Zimbabwe’s Clinics and Hospitals Need Frecon Solar’s 50kW Solar System”

By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector faces numerous challenges, but one crucial aspect often overlooked is reliable energy access. Power outages and erratic electricity supply can have devastating consequences, including loss of life, equipment damage, and compromised care. However, there is a solution – Frecon Solar’s cutting-edge 50kW solar system. This innovative technology offers: – Reliable energy supply, ensuring uninterrupted healthcare services – Reduced energy costs, freeing up resources for critical medical needs – Increased energy independence, minimizing reliance on grid power – Environmental sustainability, aligning with global renewable energy…

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The Intersection of Unpaid Care Work and Cholera In Zimbabwe: The Untold Tales of Women in Rural Settings

By Michael Gwarisa in Buhera Data from previous epidemics show that women and girls take on the bulk of unpaid or poorly paid care work in families and communities when formal health systems are unable to cope with the rising tide of infections. When COVID-19 hit in 2020, healthcare workers were overwhelmed with managing a novel but highly infectious respiratory infection. The growing demand for care in the context of the COVID-19 crisis deepened already existing inequalities in the gender division of labour, placing a disproportionate burden on women and…

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Zimbabwe: MSF Outreach Program Tackles TB, HIV, and Silicosis Among Miners

By Own Correspondent Limited access to primary health services in artisanal and small-scale mining characterises the harsh realities of excessive exposure to silica-containing dust, overcrowding and poor living conditions. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing a high burden of TB, silicosis and HIV among communities of small-scale and artisanal miners. Multi-sectoral and innovative interventions are required to stem this triple epidemic in Zimbabwe. The risk of silicosis increased due to the severity of exposure to silica dust. Silicosis is a lung disease that comes as a result of exposure to silica, which…

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Health Ministry in US$9m Health Resilience Fund boost

By Kudakwashe Pembere Zimbabwe’s Health and Child Care Ministry received medicines and equipment for use in maternal and neonatal care as well as cholera care from the Health Resilience Fund worth over US$9 million. Speaking at the handover ceremony held at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) warehouse, Deputy Health and Child Care Minister Honorable Sleiman Kwidini commended the funding and implementing partners of the HRF for procuring these medical essentials noting they will take the country to greater heights in its quest to provide quality healthcare. “You know how difficult…

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Biden administration plans major cuts to AIDS relief programs in Africa

The Biden administration plans to cut funding by more than 6 percent in fiscal 2025 from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the 21-year-old program credited with saving millions of lives in Africa, a senior PEPFAR official told POLITICO. The State Department, which oversees the program, confirmed the cuts. The department has gradually spent down a glut in the PEPFAR budget from years in which funding from Congress exceeded State’s ability to spend it, said a department spokesperson who, like the PEPFAR official, was granted anonymity to discuss sensitive…

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TM PicknPay donates 3000 blankets to Zim hospitals

By Kuda Pembere One of Zimbabwe’s biggest shopping retailers TM PicknPay donated 3000 blankets to 12 public hospitals in the country on Wednesday. The blankets come at the nick of time when the country is experiencing a cold spell which has left many hospitalized. Ministry of Health and Child Care Public Health Chief Director Dr Maxwell Hove in a speech read on his behalf by Sally Mugabe Central Hospital Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Hopewell Mungani said the donation is a show of commitment to complement government’s efforts of improving…

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Polygamous Communities Have Lowest HIV Burden In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa HIV estimates in Zimbabwe show that HIV prevalence and the number of new infections in communities that practice polygamy are lower compared to other settings, HealthTimes has learnt. The HIV response in Zimbabwe emphasizes the need for sexually active individuals to have not more than one sexual partner as having multiple concurrent partners increases the risk of HIV infection. Numerous studies have been conducted in other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa showing that polygamy was a risk factor for new HIV infections. However, it seems some cultural practices…

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How to Promote Menstrual Cups as an Economic and Sustainable Option

Researchers investigate consumers’ preferences on menstrual products and devise guidelines to bolster the adoption of menstrual cups in different countries. Although menstrual cups (MCs) are a sustainable alternative to sanitary napkins and tampons, their adoption remains quite limited for reasons that are not entirely clear. Now, in a recent study, an international research team sought to understand consumers’ preferences regarding menstrual products through online surveys. Their efforts reveal that the cost-effectiveness of MCs may be their strongest selling point, and that promotional strategies tailored to each country could make MCs…

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