Zimbabwe hosts the 2nd African Regional Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Conference

THE Second African Regional Conference on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) has kicked-off in the Victoria Falls and will will run from 12 – 14 January 2023. By Tatenda Chimbwanda in Victoria Falls  The conference is running under the theme “NCD prevention, surveillance and management to achieve SDG 3 in the context of COVID-19 and other health emergencies.”  The main goal of the meeting is to share experiences regarding the latest advances and trends in NCD prevention, management, and surveillance within the context of COVID-19 pandemic and other health emergencies including HIV…

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Zim launches new National Eye Health Strategy

Zimbabwe has launched its new National Eye Health Strategy to quell the growing burden of eye diseases in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the official launch at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday, Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga said this strategy for the period 2021 to 2025 comes at a time when the country is aiming to provide accessible, timely and quality eye services to all, in need of care in Zimbabwe. In addition, my Ministry is calling for additional investments required…

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Zim Govt recalls Purity Essential Baby Powder

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has ordered the removal of Purity Essential Baby Powder from shops following a discovery that the product had a cancer-causing substance. By Kudakwashe Pembere This product is being recalled by its manufacturer Tiger Brands in South Africa after finding it contained impermissible levels of asbestos. “Tiger Brands of South Africa is recalling the Purity Essential Baby Powder from shops. The products contain unacceptable levels of asbestos which causes rare cancer called mesothelioma. The traces were recently detected in test samples prompting the recall…

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#BREAKING: Cervical Cancer Self Testing Solution Launched

Every year, over 604,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 342,000 die from this preventable disease, caused by infection with Human Papillomavirus (HPV). 1 Nearly 9 out of 10 women who die from cervical cancer live in low- and middle-income countries.2 For patients living in areas with limited healthcare resources, increasing access to screening and decreasing barriers to sample collection are keys to ultimately preventing this disease. Roche’s HPV self-sampling solution expands access to HPV screening options by enabling patients to privately collect their sample while at…

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Zimbabwe Red Cross Society Offering Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening At Agric Show

The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) in partnership with the Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (ZAS) is offering free screening for cervical and breast cancer throughout this year’s Agricultural show running from 29 August to 3 September. By Staff Reporter Zimbabwe has a high burden of cervical cancer. According to the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry, this cancer leads among malignancies in women, and constitutes 33.2% of the cancer burden in this population. Cervical cancer despite its potential preventability and curability,  remains the most common cancer in Zimbabwe and  is responsible for most…

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Addressing Non-communicable diseases (diabetes) in Zimbabwe: Taking the bull by the horns

According to the World Health Organisation (2021), noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are chronic conditions of long term duration caused by genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors. The World Health Organisation (2021) estimates that NCDs account for 41 million deaths globally each year which is 71% of all deaths globally and of these 85% occur in low and middle-income countries including Zimbabwe. By Enock Musungwini This opinion piece focuses on diabetes as the NCD of interest particularly type 2 diabetes as it accounts for 92% of all diabetes cases globally. Diabetes is…

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BLH Zimbabwe: Patience and perseverance are the keys to success, despite the hardships

  In early June Brave Little Hearts Zimbabwe participated in our National Youth Business Expo, as we are looking at establishing sustainable projects to help empower our communities to attain financial freedom. By Tendai Moyo This is so important because donors are hard to come by, and the financial burden of heart communities is so huge. Our target is to be self-sufficient by 2023 so we can meet every financial need, including surgeries, fees, medications, and hopefully, a community-owned heart centre. As much as we are awaiting government intervention, we…

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The Nexus between Childhood Cancer and the Environment

AS the month of February draws to an end, it’s highly likely that the hype and noise around childhood cancer will die down as the world shifts focus towards other health issues on the calendar of events. Under normal circumstances, this should not be the case and we probably need to dedicate 365 days of each year God grants us to raise awareness and talk about childhood or pediatric cancers. By Michael Gwarisa It is thus imperative to remind each other that childhood cancer is real and if not detected…

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Buffalo Creek Spur Announces Financial Support To Kidzcan

… Spur to donate US$0.50 to KidzCan for every dessert purchased    Buffalo Creek Spur, one of Simbisa’s sought brands has today announced a partnership with KidzCan that will see the Simbisa owned restaurant offering financial support to vulnerable children diagnosed and living with cancer. Under the partnership, Buffalo Creek Spur will donate USD0.50 to KidzCan for every dessert purchased at Spur outlets. Funds from the partnership will assist in providing chemotherapy drugs, radiological and laboratory tests among other services. Warren Meares, the managing director of Simbisa Brands said, “As…

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“The importance of counselling for parents post a childhood cancer death”

AS we join the rest of the world in commemorating International Childhood Cancer Day; it is important to note that comprehensive palliative care is essential to the health and the well-being of children facing life-threatening illness especially cancer. The aim of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for the children and their families and minimise suffering by providing physical, psychological, spiritual and social care throughout the entire course of illness. Counselling and support are an integral part of palliative care. By Eunice Garanganga, Executive Director, HOSPAZ Parents…

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