Obstetric Fistula: New Amnesty International Report Reveals How Barriers To Accessing Public Health Facilities Expose Zim Women And Girls To Life-changing Childbirth Related Injuries

PREGNANT  women and girls in Zimbabwe are at risk of  life changing childbirth-related injuries, including obstetric fistula, as many shun public healthcare facilities in favour of home-based deliveries due to inadequate health infrastructure, cultural practices  and high hospital costs, Amnesty International said today in a new report. HealthTimes Reporter The report, “I never thought I could get healed from this“, lays bare the physical and psychological trauma that women and girls who experience obstetric fistula in Zimbabwe go through. The condition, described as the “most devastating birth injury” by the…

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WHO Bemoans shortage of midwives world-wide

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has lamented the shortage of midwives in the world which leads to maternal deaths especially in Africa. Healthtimes Reporter This was revealed through a Policy Dialogue of the State of The World’s Midwifery 2021 report which was launched by WHO in partnership United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives for partnering with WHO to launch this important report. The report highlights that despite the important role they play, there is a global shortage of 900 thousand midwives, with low-income countries, especially in…

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New Report Sounds Alarm On Global Shortage Of 900,000 Midwives

THE world is grappling with massive shortage of midwives, exposing  lives of women and newborns to the risk of death, ill health or injury, a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 20201 State of Midwifrey Report by UNFPA, WHO and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and partners, the world is facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, which represents a third of the required global midwifery workforce and the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated these problems, with the health…

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Lafarge Hands Over Mothers Waiting Shelter In Chimanimani

LAFARGE Zimbabwe has handed over a four–bed fully contained expectant mothers’waiting shelter in Chikukwa Village, Chimanimani. By Staff Reporter This project is one of the two projects that the cement manufacturing firm contributed in response to the unfortunate occurrence of Cyclone Idai which left a trail of destruction in 2019. The waiting mother’s facility will service a sparse community of approximately 10000 people spanning across a 30km radius. Speaking at the handover event, Larfarge Chief Executive Officer, Precious Nyika said they were fulfilling some pledges they made when the Cyclone…

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Higherlife Foundation Intensifies Maternal Health Support In Zimbabwe

A total of seven hospitals which benefited from the Higherlife Foundation donation of maternal health equipment in December 2020 have received a second batch of donations, in a move that is likely to boost maternal and neonatal health care in Zimbabwe. By Patricia Mashiri The donation is a partnership between Higherlife Foundation and The ELMA Group of Foundations. The donated equipment includes 15 cardio tachygraphy, 7 ultrasounds, 14 portable multipara meter monitors, 14 vacuum extraction kits, 43 suction machines, 9 neonate resuscitation kits, 13 CPAP machines, 11 multipara meter monitors,…

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One Year Into The COVID-19 Pandemic, 12 Million Women Experience Contraceptives Interruptions

AN estimated 12 million women have experienced disruptions in their family planning services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies, according to new estimates released today by UNFPA and Avenir Health. The projections – which take into consideration real-world observations and data – were announced on 11 March, one year since the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic. These latest figures come even as many countries, particularly high-income countries, show early signs of steeply declining birth rates. Together, the findings demonstrate how severely…

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Zim’s Termination Of Pregnancy Act Anti Women- Women CSOs

ZIMBABWE’S Termination of Pregnancy ACT is not only archaic but takes away women’s body autonomy and power to make decisions about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), women led Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have said. By Patricia Mashiri According CSOs, the country’s Termination of Pregnancy ACT is not inclusive but dictates circumstances and conditions under which the pregnancy of a woman may be terminated. Ms Ednah Masiyiwa, Executive Director Women Action Group said the Termination of pregnancy Act is non-operational and does not meet the needs of the…

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Zimbabwe Sets-Up National Task force To Monitor ICPD@25 Commitments

ZIMBABWE has commenced the process of setting up a National Task-force (NTF) for monitoring the implementation of commitments the country made at the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD@25) that was held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2019. By Michael Gwarisa Through support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Partners in Population Development (PPD) have selected Zimbabwe and nine other countries namely Bangladesh, Morocco, Thailand, Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia, India, Benin, and Uganda to take further initiatives to continued national consultations through National Task Forces (NTF) for South…

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Steroids boost survival of preterm babies in low-resource settings, new study finds

Accurate pregnancy dating and quality care combined with the steroids are key to survival THE results of a new clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, show that dexamethasone—a glucocorticoid used to treat many conditions, including rheumatic problems and severe COVID-19— can boost survival of premature babies when given to pregnant women at risk of preterm birth in low-resource settings. The WHO ACTION-I trial resolves an ongoing controversy about the efficacy of antenatal steroids for improving preterm newborn survival in low-income countries. Dexamethasone and similar drugs…

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic UNFPA and partners call for greater efforts to ensure access to contraceptives for women and girls

IN the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic and on World Contraception Day, the UN’s reproductive health and rights agency – the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners have called for greater efforts to ensure access to contraceptives for women and girls of reproductive age. This is towards “Zero unmet Need for Contraception” even during emergency and humanitarian situations. HealthTimes Reporter World Contraceptive Day is commemorated each year on 26 September. Launched in 2007, the day was set aside to help raise awareness on contraception to enable young people…

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