143 Maternal Deaths Recorded in Zim Since Beginning Of Year- MoHCC

A total of 143 maternal deaths were recorded throughout Zimbabwe over the period January to July 2018 owing various maternal related complications. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in July, six maternal mortality cases were reported during the week ending 14 July 2019. This brings the total number of people who have died of maternal mortality to 143 so far this year. The deaths were reported from Northern District (1), Harare Central Hospital (2), Chitungwiza Central Hospital (1) in Harare Province, UBH (1)…

Share
Read More

Zim Abortion Law Drives Girls Into Early Marriages

ZIMBABWE’S current Termination of Pregnancy Act which criminalises abortion, opens room for uncontrolled early child marriages, a top legal expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa The Termination of Pregnancy Act (ToP) 1977 only permits abortion if the pregnancy poses a threat to the life of the unborn child or the mother or if the pregnancy is as a result of incest or rape. According to the law, termination of pregnancy cannot happen anywhere else besides a designated institution in this case a public hospital and at least two medical practitioners…

Share
Read More

PSI Zimbabwe Treats 10 000 Cervical Cancer Cases

OVER 125 000 women have to date been screened for cervical cancer with 10 000 receiving treatment at Population Services International Zimbabwe’s New Start Centres. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by PSI Zimbabwe Deputy Country Representative Dr Ngonidzashe Madidi last week. “With support from DFID and the Swedish Embassy, PSI has cumulatively screened over 125,000 women to date for precancerous lesions and treated over 10,000 women with precancerous lesions through the New Start Centre Network,” he said. The organisation is looking at making women collect samples from HPV DNA screening…

Share
Read More

19 Year Old HIV+ Zvimba Girl Finds New Path

AT the age of 17, while still doing her Form three studies at Mucheri Secondary School in Zvimba, the lure of money pushed Theresa Mlambo (Not real name) into an early marriage with her cattle minder lover, a move she regrets to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Zvimba Just like many girls in the area who have dropped out of school in pursuit of marriages with Amakorokoza (Artisanal miners), farm workers and cattle headers, Theresa’s marriage did not last as she would leave her man nine months later upon…

Share
Read More

Global Congenital Syphilis Cases Decline -WHO

New estimates published today show that there were more than half a million (around 661,000) total cases of congenital syphilis in 2016, resulting in over 200,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths.   Syphilis is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections globally, with approximately 6 million new cases each year. If a pregnant woman who is infected does not receive early and effective treatment, she can then transmit the infection to her unborn infant. This is known as ‘congenital syphilis’, which is often fatal. It can also cause low birth…

Share
Read More

Chirumhanzu School Records Pregnancy Outbreak

ORTON Drift Secondary School in Chirumhanzu district is grappling with numerous pregnancy cases with indications on the ground showing that 10 girls have confirmed pregnancies while 16 others have already eloped. By Michael Gwarisa in Chirumhanzu Speaking to Journalist on the side-lines of a National Aids Council (NAC) media tour, Chirumhanzu District Aids Coordinator (DAC), Mr Gwatirisa Masara said the lure of money and cars by the gold panners in the community had led to the spike in pregnancies. “There is actually a big problem with regards to the issue…

Share
Read More

Mutare Prov Hospital Struggles With Critical Maternal Referral Cases

MUTARE provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Emmanuel Sedze says most district hospitals are referring maternal cases that would be in bad shape, resulting in increased maternal deaths being recorded from their institution.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare The development comes amidst indications that some hospitals in the province recorded zero maternal deaths while some only have a few mortality cases while the provincial hospitals which handles the bulk of referral cases from district hospitals  is left to bear the brunt of deaths owing to the advanced stage…

Share
Read More

UNFPA Calls For Male Participation In Family Planning Choices

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has implored men to be actively involved in the family planning choices and decisions so as to increase uptake of contraceptives as well as reduce gender based violence at household level.   By Michael Gwarisa Launching the State of the World Population Report, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Esther Muia said family planning was not forced on anyone but a choice one makes freely for the good of their health and economic wellbeing. “The State of the World Population Report (SWOP) is a flagship report…

Share
Read More

Zim’s Maternal Deaths A National Disaster- UNFPA

ZIMBABWE loses 2,400 women due to maternal deaths every year, owing to numerous factors ranging from unavailability of resources, health personnel negligence and poverty, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has said.   By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Briefing Journalists during the ongoing Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) Media Advocacy Workshop in Mutare, UNFPA Reproductive health specialist, Dr Edwin Mpeta said the prevailing maternal death crisis in Zimbabwe should be treated as a national emergency and should be top of the agenda. “There are a lot of issues that need a…

Share
Read More

Young Girls Warned Against Abusing Morning After Pills

TAKING morning after pills or emergency control pills excessively could expose the body to harmful toxins and long term health effects, a Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) official has warned.   By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare The call comes at the back of discoveries that most young girls in particular those in tertiary institutions were consistently taking emergency contraceptives as a birth control method amidst indications that in some instances, a month long supply at a single pharmacy may only last a few  days due to excessive consumption. Briefing…

Share
Read More