Hunger Forcing TB Patients To Abandon Medications In Rural Communities

THE growing food insecurity situation could derail the national Tuberculosis (TB) response amidst indications that some TB patients from rural and peri-urban areas are already defaulting on their medications citing some adverse drug reactions after taking the tablets and medications on an empty stomach for a prolonged period. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe is currently faced with a food insecurity situation and according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), between 40 percent and 60 percent of the country’s population could be food insecure by September, 2022.This according to…

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Close To 10 Million Zimbabweans Could Be Food Insecure By September

ZIMBABWE is one of the African countries staring food insecurity in the face, with indications that between 40 percent to 60 percent of the country’s population could food insecure by September, 2022. By HealthTimes Correspondent A Food Assistance Outlook Brief prepared by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) shows in its estimated acutely food insecure populations that only Zimbabwe and Somalia have 40 percent to 60 percent of their populations which are to be food insecure in September 2022. This 40-60percent translates to 5 million to 9.9 million…

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United States Government Announces Plans for $11 Billion to End Malnutrition at Global Nutrition Summit

“By investing in locally-designed and led nutrition programs, applying the evidence of what works, and adapting quickly, we can prevent child malnutrition, even in the time of COVID, and build a healthier world for everyone.” At the 2021 Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit, U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced on behalf of the White House that the United States intends to invest up to $11 billion over three years, subject to Congressional appropriations, to combat global malnutrition, the underlying cause of almost half of childhood deaths…

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Zim Company Unleashes New Healthy Snack Into The Market

A local company, HealthBridge Traditional Foods, has introduced a Roasted Pumpkin Seeds snack onto the market in a bid to expand traditional foods options as well as improve better health outcomes through consumption of natural non processed foods. By Michael Gwarisa The snack has scientifically proven numerous health benefits and essential nutrients that are critical in the day to day functioning of human body including boosting libido in men. Speaking to this publication, HealthBridge Traditional Foods Director, Mr Tich Viriri said the roasted pumpkin seed snack has been around for…

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The Mazondo/Amanqgina Aphrodisiac Legend Demystified

THROUGHOUT Zimbabwe, men grow up being told or taught that their sole purpose on this earth besides making money is to make sure that women are satisfied in bed. According to some men, Sex is more important than food, in fact, it’s more important than water. You may fail in other departments in life, but never ever fail when it comes to the bedroom department. By Michael Gwarisa The Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs places Sex at the uttermost level of importance and falls in the same category as food, water,…

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Thought For Food Links Food Security Innovators To Bigger Markets

THOUGHT For Food (TFF), an International Organization which promotes food security across the Globe has increased visibility and market linkages for innovators and entrepreneurs in food and agricultural value chain. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking on the sidelines of the TFF challenge summit, Mr Cuthbeth Mukora, Regional Coordinator Thought For Food, Southern Central Africa Region said they are promoting innovations in agriculture, food and working with all stakeholders that are interested in the agricultural value chain. We are joining the global community in having the global summit to celebrate the teams…

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The “Ndiro ya Baba” Phenomenon:…A closer look at the intra household food distribution in Zimbabwe

TO those who have had a stint with rural life you might have across these phrases, “Musana Wehuku Ndewababa,” loosely translated as “only the father or man of the house is the one who eats the entire Chicken’s back.” In Masvingo it’s called Chiteretere and in some households, women have even been sent packing for wrongly allocating chicken portions. By Dr Tonde Matsungo (PhD, MPhil, BSc) and Dexter Chagwena To consume the entire Chicken’s back, a humongous mountain of Sadza has to complement the meal. The practice whereby the father…

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Zim Has The Best Breastfeeding Trend: Experts

EXPERTS have commended the country’s breastfeeding trend which is currently amongst the highest in the region  and encouraged mothers to continue breastfeeding even after they would have tested positive for COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking to HealthTimes, Mr Dexter Chagwena, a Nutritionist Consultant in the Ministry of Health and Child Care said the breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been good even though there is need to improve on exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding trend in Zimbabwe has been fairly good. We are a breastfeeding country where about between 96-98% of our children…

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White Sadza Is Very Fit For Human Consumption- Zim Nutritionists

LAST week, Zimbabwean Journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono torched a storm on social media when he attacked Zimbabwe’s staple food, Sadza and suggested through his tweet that Zimbabweans should dump Maize meal Sadza for small grains since Maize was only fit for livestock consumption. “Sadza has ZERO value to our well-being!” he said. “Our ancestors ate superior starch than Sadza. Why aren’t we doing the same? Maize is originally Mexican. In advanced economies, it is for cattle!” By Michael Gwarisa He also added that Maize meal is fortified because it lacks the…

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ZCSOSUNA Launches Health Youth-led Advocacy Project

ZIMBABWE Civil Society Organisations Scaling Up Nutrition Alliance ZCSOSUNA, with support from UNICEF and in partnership with Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, and Ministry of Health and Child Care have launched a youth led advocacy project targeting six districts in the country to empower adolescent learners to promote healthy living through consumption if natural foods and products. By Patricia Mashiri The districts include Harare, Makoni, Chivi, Chirumhanzi, Insiza and Bindura. Speaking during a press briefing, Cuthbert Mukora, the Head of Programming Rural Enterprise Trust of Zimbabwe (RETZ) said their…

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