Let’s talk about our reality: Are we failing our young people?

THE recent picture of a first year University of Zimbabwe student lying lifeless in a pool of blood, after trying to abort a pregnancy using a coat hanger brings a chill to one’s spine. If she made it to University, surely she should be knowledgeable about pregnancy and how to prevent it? Surely, she should understand enough of her anatomy to know that a coat hanger is unlikely to dislodge a foetus, that what she is doing is damaging to her internal organs. By Patricia Machawira The reality is that…

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Let’s Scale Up HIV PrEP Roll-Out in Zimbabwe

OUT of a population of 14 million about 1, 2 million Zimbabweans are living with HIV. The big question is, how can we stop new infections? By Paul Sixpence Among many options available, scaling up HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) roll out to people at risk could help in stopping new infections. As of September 2019 about 11 000 people had been initiated on PrEP since its regulatory approval in 2016. Zimbabwe is a HIV high burden country with thousands of new infections each year which makes the call for urgent,…

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Implications of Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019 on the Health Sector

THE government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development recently announced major changes in the monetary policy of Zimbabwe following the imposition of the Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019. By Zimbabwe AIDS Network Monetary policy is a macroeconomic policy that is laid down by the central bank of a country to show the financial plan of the government. As the Zimbabwean economy imploded, characterized by hyperinflationary environment in 2008, the country abandoned its local currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, in April 2009 as the official currency and adopted the multicurrency…

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National Health Insurance panacea to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Zimbabwe

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (2013), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardships.  Achieving UHC has become a key health policy goal in many countries throughout the world, clearly reflected in the World Health Assembly Resolution 58.33 (2005) and being a key component of the SDG goal 3.8. By Enock Musungwini UHC seeks to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without risking financial hardship from unaffordable out-of-pocket payments (WHO Bulletin, 2013). UHC is firmly based on…

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Disability inclusive healthcare planning and policy in Zimbabwe

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2011 Global report on disability, 15 percent of the World population has some form of disability and this makes People With Disability (PWD) the world largest minority group (World Health Organisation & The World bank, 2011). By Enoch Msungwini About 80 percent of PWD live in the developing world including Zimbabwe with one in every 5 individuals having some form of disability(Fisher, 2005). According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)framework(World Health Organization, 2010) a person’s level of functioning is…

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Structural & Ecological Approach Key To Advancing SRH Services Among Zim Youths

YOUTHS are a critical constituency in every given society and it is that period in life when one is young, and often refers to the phase between childhood and adulthood. The African Youth Charter defines youths or young people as every person between the ages of 15 and 35 years while the United Nations defines youth as persons between the ages of 15 and 24 and all UN statistics are based on this range. By Enock Musungwini Youths are a special group that requires carefully planned and specific programming to…

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Zim Needs Evidence Informed & Multisectoral National Alcohol policy

EIGHT years after the drafting of a Zimbabwe national Alcohol policy, nothing has materialised. The Ministry of Health and Child Care National Cancer strategy 2013-17 cited alcohol as a major risk factor for cancer, as a result, the Zimbabwe National Alcohol policy is a key component in the fight against cancer and other Non-Communicable Diseases. By Enoch Musungwini Research has shown that alcohol is a risk factor for HIV transmission and the multisectoral efforts to fight HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe should also be supported by effective implementation and monitoring of the…

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Fiscal Austerity and the health sector

OVER the years, analysis of the Health budget has tended to restrict itself to examining conformity with the Abuja Declaration which state that at least 15% of the national budget must be allocated to health. By Taurai Nyandoro Nonetheless, the approach presents limitations in that it reduces us to celebrate a mere satisfaction of the 15% threshold, without evaluating the salient propositions on specific allocations such as unbalanced appropriations in favour of policy and administration versus direct service delivery and value for money. The latter becomes important taken in light…

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Dispelling Myths about Cholesterol

For nearly 50 years, cholesterol and saturated fat have been maligned by the medical community for their purported role in heart disease. However, a large body of scientific research indicates that dietary cholesterol and saturated fat are not the driving forces behind heart disease. By Dr Nyari Panweni Despite this evidence, much of the medical community continues to promote outdated dietary guidelines for patients with high cholesterol and heart disease, including low-­‐fat and low-­‐cholesterol diets. As it turns out, this outdated advice may actually be harmful to the heart. Cholesterol…

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Managing Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol has gotten the bad end of the stick for years. Did you know that we actually need cholesterol to stay healthy? By Dr Nyarai Paweni Sage ReStorative Health So, what is cholesterol? it’s a waxy fat-­‐like substance that is primarily made in the liver. The liver makes 80% of our cholesterol. The remaining 20% comes from our diet from meats, cheeses, milks, nuts etc. And why is it important? Cholesterol is essential for cell membranes, and is the building block for production of hormones (thyroid, male/female hormones) and vitamin…

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