Global Aid To Host 2nd Annual Albinism Health Fair

GLOBAL Aid Missions Zimbabwe (GAM), a non-governmental organization that supports people with Albinism will be hosting its 2nd Annual Albinism Health Fair on Saturday 22nd of June at the Harare Gardens. By Michael Gwarisa The health fair is a celebration of the International Albinism Awareness Day (I.A.A.D) which was declared by the U.N on 13 June 2015 to end harmful practices, ostracization, discrimination, stigmatization and vile attacks against people with Albinism. In a statement, GAM said the fair would go a long way in addressing issues affecting living albinism in…

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Study for a child-friendly HIV treatment begins in Uganda

THE first patients have been enrolled in a potentially ground-breaking trial in Uganda for a capsule of granules containing four HIV drugs that can be easily administered to young children. Known as the ‘4-in-1,’ this sweet-tasting ‘fixed-dose combination’ could constitute a quantum leap in care for kids living with HIV, replacing a generation of sub-optimal HIV treatments that are difficult to give to children, or no longer recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). The phase I/II study, called LOLIPOP, will provide clinical data on the 4-in-1 in infants and…

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NatPharm boss jailed for inflating drug prices

NATIONAL Pharmaceuticals (NatPharm) managing director Newman Madzikwa was yesterday jailed for an effective 14 months after he was found guilty of criminal abuse of office in relation to the arbitrary increase of drug prices. SOURCE: The Herald The price increases, with the effect of precipitating a crisis in the sector and endangering public health, were against the directive of the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the NatPharm board. Harare regional magistrate Mr Hosea Mujaya initially sentenced Madzikwa to 20 months in jail before suspending six months for five…

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Scrap Cervical Cancer User Fees for Women Living with HIV- Gvt told

CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs), representing women living with HIV have called on government to scrap user fees for cervical cancer treatment since the disease is most prevalent in women living with HIV than other groups. By Michael Gwarisa in Gweru According to the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry, cervical cancer affects not less than 30 percent of women in the country. Cervical cancer is caused by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV). Speaking in a panel discussion during the just ended Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) workshop in Gweru…

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Govt Hospitals In US$32 Million Debt

STATE owned hospitals have an outstanding debt of US$32 million to suppliers of medicines, equipment and utilities, Parliamentarians heard on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Giving oral evidence before the Public Accounts Parliamentary Portfolio Committee, Health Ministry Finance Director Mrs Heather Machamire said they have managed to reduce arrears owed to creditors from US$70 million in 2016 to US$32 million. “We have seen a major reduction from US$70 million in 2016 that our auditor is referring to in 2016 to US$32 million currently outstanding right now. And we will continue to…

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High Hepatitis B Prevalence Among Zim Adults: WHO

PREVALENCE for Hepatitis B in adults stands at 10 percent rate against a fair 4.4 percent in children. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was shown in the World Health Organisation Viral Hepatitis Scorecard released last Friday. According to the scorecard, a high prevalence rate was above five  percent in the general population. Despite the intermediate prevalence among children, Zimbabwe was placed alongside 13 African countries with over 100 000 children under five living with chronic hepatitis B. These countries include Angola, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia,…

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Deaf Zim Trust In Comprehensive Youth SRHR Training

DEAF Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) in conjunction with Mashambanzou Care Trust and Disability HIV and AIDS trust (DHAT), have embarked on a Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) training for youths living with disabilities. By Michael Gwarisa The program also targets non-disabled youths and aims among other things to equip young people with the necessary information regarding sexual reproductive health. Deaf Zimbabwe programs officer, Veronica Mwanza said the program commenced in 2017 and spilled over into 2018 and 2019 respectively. The first phase of the program was in 2017 to 2018…

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Depression: Silent Killer for Young Girls & Women Living With HIV

PUBERTY is one stage associated with anxiety, joy and stress for young girls transitioning from childhood to adulthood. The hormonal and reproductive changes which include the bulging bust, widening of hips, protruding hindquarters and menstrual flows all just come too fast within a short space of time. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru However, for adolescents and young girls living with HIV, this phase could be traumatic and heart rending in the absence of proper counselling and psychosocial support. Phyliss Mavushe (24), a young person living with HIV and also…

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Zim HIV Infections Drop 44 percent: UNAIDS

HIV infections in Zimbabwe have gone down 44 percent as the country eyes a 75 percent reduction by 2020. This  has been attributed  to massive multisectoral responses against the epidemic. By Kudakwashe Pembere UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Dr Shannon Hader revealed this at the launch of the Zimbabwe Health Situation Room on Friday. “We have all committed worldwide to fast track targets that are going to help us end HIV as a public health threat by 2030. And you have heard about some of these targets. Reaching 90-90-90 for treatment,…

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Zim Launches Integrated Health Situation Room

ZIMBABWE on Friday, launched an Integrated Health Situation Room making it the eighth country in Africa to have real time tracking of diseases  tracking HIV testing, treatment, maternal mortality, gender based violence, and other health indicators. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health situation rooms are software platforms designed to support decision-making on countries’ health responses. Officiating the launch, Health and Child care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said having achieved notable strides against HIV, the country was lagging behind technological innovations that make access and use of data simple. “This innovation as presented…

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