How To BEST Prevent and Treat Covid-19 In Resource Limited Settings

WE are all watching with horror as COVID-19 overwhelms the world’s most advanced health systems in Asia, Europe, and North America, leading to tremendous suffering and death. Clinicians, scientists, and communities in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are bracing themselves. Health systems in some of the most resource-constrained areas are fragile and already under strain – and in crowded slums and townships, social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures to slow the spread will be difficult to implement. There is a very narrow…

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#COVID-19: Anxiety and Coping With The Coronavirus In Zimbabwe

WHEN news of the coronavirus broke at the end of last year, and as the stories from the outbreak became more alarming over time, most people are anxious on the possibilities of the pandemic reaching this country. The Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic is becoming a brutal psychological test. This is a dreadful moment with a potentially deadly pathogen on the loose. This public health crisis can take a mental toll on people, especially those struggling with common mental health disorders (CMHD) such as anxiety, depression and other conditions. By Dr…

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#COVID-19 Has Exposed The Fragility Of Our Economies

THE human dimensions of the COVID-19 pandemic reach far beyond the critical health response. All aspects of our future will be affected – economic, social and developmental. Our response must be urgent, coordinated and on a global scale, and should immediately deliver help to those most in need. By Guy Rider, Director General ILO From workplaces, to enterprises, to national and global economies, getting this right is predicated on social dialogue between governments and those on the front line – the employers and workers. So that the 2020s don’t become…

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#COVID-19: When Tyranny Tastes Sweeter Than Honey

THE World is currently battling one of the deadliest respiratory pandemic in the history of mankind in the form the Coronavirus which causes (Covid-19). By Michael Gwarisa The coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 has killed more than 14,000 people and infected more than 336,000. It has spread to at least 169 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11. More than 11,000 deaths have been reported outside of mainland China, including 470 in the US. However, there is an unusual…

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Open Letter To Minister Obadiah Moyo: Time To Get Serious About Coronavirus

HONORABLE Minister of Health, Dr Obadiah Moyo. It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to your esteemed office in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has wreaked havoc in China and other parts of the world. Already, more than 2300 lives have been lost in China alone while other deaths have also been recorded in other parts of the world. It is also worrying that the virus is slowly finding its way into Africa. Egypt recorded its first case last week while Algeria have also…

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Machete gangs: A mental health perspective

Noreen Wini-Dari & Douglas Zvomuya Zimbabwe has experienced so much traumatic events across generations. Each generation has its own unique and fair share of trauma. With a poor focus on mental health within our country, most people remain untreated and may become perpetrators of violence at family, community or national level. Some of the common manifestations of poor mental health include substance abuse, suicide, depression and various forms of psychopathology. The violent killings that have gripped our nation perpetrated by what have become known as machete gangs can at best be…

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New Public Health User Fees A Threat To Universal Health Coverage

UNIVERSAL Health Coverage can be summarised in two key terms. These are financial protection and quality service coverage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The new hospital user fees have a lot of detrimental implications to the health and wellbeing of this country. Government’s role is to create a level playing field while more importantly, protecting the citizens. Zimbabwe is a nation exemplary in making commitments towards improving health delivery system yet fulfilling them seems to be something taken lightly. Supposed to have a happy new year were Zimbabweans whose festive spirit was…

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Frequently Asked Questions About The ZIMPHIA Door To Door Survey

ZIMBABWE in November 2019 joined other five African countries in conducting the ongoing six months long door to door HIV survey dubbed the: “Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA).” The survey ending in March is being funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with technical assistance from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey will be led by Government working in conjunction with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), National AIDS Council (NAC) and ICAP at Columbia University. To unpack as well…

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Nutrition Crucial For Pregnant, Lactating Women & children During Droughts

AS our nation slowly plunges into what has been projected to be one of the most catastrophic droughts over decades, it is crucial that key decision makers in government ministries take cognizance of the fact that good nutrition takes center stage in human and economic development of our country. By Kudakwashe Zombe According to the World Food Program (WFP),  Zimbabwe was facing another famine following indications that the 2020 harvest  could be low at the back continued dry spells. The WFP said it was appealing to the international community to…

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Disability Inclusive Development Key To Achieving UHC In LMICs including Zimbabwe

AS we approach the International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12 December 2019, it is critical to rally African governments including Zimbabwe to reflect on the milestones in achieving UHC. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a key part of the concept of primary healthcare launched in 1978 known as the Alma Ata (1978) declaration and reinforced in 2018 under the Astana declaration (2018). UHC aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. IS IT…

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