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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Masiyiwa’s new programme set to reduce child-birth deaths at Zimbabwe hospitals

ECONET founder and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has begun to mobilize funds to support the maternal, child-birth sections of Zimbabwe’s largest referral hospitals to arrest infant mortality at childbirth. Masiyiwa’s action follows shocking recent media reports of seven babies that were reportedly stillborn in one night at one of the country’s largest referral hospitals, after urgent treatment was delayed due to staffing challenges. Masiyiwa wrote:  A few weeks ago the BBC News service ran a story which shocked the world. My wife and daughters were crying openly.  Here is the story:…

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Blow For Pregnant Women: As Pare Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Suspend Services After Several Colleagues Test Positive For COVID-19

SENIOR Resident Medical Officers (SRMOS) doing Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Parirenyatwa Hospital have indicated that they won’t be able to continue offering services following indications that majority of Obstetricians and Gynecologists operating in the maternity wards have tested positive for the COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa In a communication Parirenyatwa Hospital Clinical Director Dr Maunganide and Dr Mhlanga the head of Department Obstetrics and Gynaecobgy, the doctors said continuing with their duties was tantamount to a death sentence as majority of their colleagues in the maternity wards had either tested positive…

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Zim Reports Steady Improvement In Uptake of Maternal, Reproductive & Adolescents Health Services Under Lockdown

THE ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says there has been a steady improvement in the uptake of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) for the first time since the national lockdown was effected in March this year. HealthTimes Reporter According to the health ministry, there was a decline in the utilization of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) services such as family planning, antenatal care, postnatal care and other reproductive health services, particularly in the month of April 2020. The decline was due to challenges…

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