Hospital User Fees Go Up

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Agness Mahomva has announced the new government hospital tariffs effective January 1, 2020. By Michael Gwarisa The move comes at the back of run away inflation which has eroded the local currency’s value, making it impossible for government to procure hospital sundries and equipment as well as sustain operations. In a statement, Dr Mahomva said the move was reached after taking into consideration the plight of the general populace, as well as the inflationary environment currently prevailing. “The…

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Gendered Corruption In Health Sector, Women Bear The Brunt

HEALTH sector corruption has over the years been swept under the carpet and in most cases, citizens tend to turn a blind eye to its existence. By Michael Gwarisa However, evidence gathered by the Transparency International Zimbabwe (TIZ) indicate that health sector corruption  comes in different facets and is an everyday occurrence and affects women the most. Corruption is defined by Transparency International as the “Misuse of entrusted power for private gain.” Corruption in most cases occur when public officials who have been given authority and a goal which further…

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UNESCO In Regional Drive To Curb Early Unintended Pregnancies

Mr Masimba Nyamucheta UNESCO

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has embarked on a campaign to reduce cases of Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) in Zimbabwe and other sub-Saharan countries, a move that is set to empower adolescent girls and young people to make informed decisions about their Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH). By Michael Gwarisa in Mazowe Through a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) and Save The Children, UNESCO has already kick-started various media engagements initiatives at a regional…

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Zim Progresses In Putting Abortion Act On National Agenda

ZIMBABWE is amongst  a few countries on the African continent which have made strides in discussing about the need to have a progressive Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP) at a national level, a sign the country is warming up to the need of having an abortion friendly law, a sexual reproductive health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa At least 14 countries are having dialogue on the issue of Termination of Pregnancy but Zimbabwe seem to have moved a step further as compared to other countries which are currently at…

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Swedish Embassy Breaking Menstrual Health Barriers

“MENSTRUATION is a girls issue, why should i care?” said Tafadzwa a Grade 6 pupil with Avondale Primary School. ” I would rather not talk  or discuss about it,” he says. By Kudakwashe Pembere This is the kind of attitude young girls experiencing menstruation for the first time and in school go through. At times, the treatment can be worse for young girls of school going age as they have to endure long hours of bullying , jeering and insults at the hands of their male counterparts. The situation even…

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Zim Abortion Law Obsolete

THE abortion law in Zimbabwe is archaic and colonial as it ignores the mental and socio-economic wellbeing of women, a Right Here Right Now Consortium member has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere in Gweru Katswe Sisterhood Programs Manager Advocate Debra Mwase explained to journalists at a media workshop in Gweru that Termination of Pregnancy Act of 1978 was imposed on Zimbabweans under the Victorian culture. She said in the pre-colonial era abortion was regarded as a private matter which did not involve traditional courts. Mwase noted that then, traditional medicines were…

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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)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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