Is NAC On Autopilot?

IT’S been three months since Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dismissed the whole National Aids Council (NAC) board over its failure to turn around fortunes of the organisation. By Michael Gwarisa Not only is NAC running without a board but the organisation has no substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in place. Currently, Mr Raymond Yekeye the Operations Director has been CEO on an acting capacity  for the past six months now. As a news publication, we have made countless efforts to contact the Minster regarding the NAC…

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Zimbabwe Needs A Centralised Disaster Communication Plan

ZIMBABWE is yet to heal from the Cyclone Idai wounds and yet another tropical Cyclone dubbed Cyclone Kenneth is headed our way. In March this year, the country was hit by cyclone Idai which left hundreds of people dead, thousands others injured and displaced. The mere thought of another cyclone coming to Zimbabwe right now brings a chilling and horrific reminder of the deaths and horror the people of Chimanani, Chipinge and some parts of Masvingo encountered. However, there is a demon called confusion which is deeply embed in our…

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National Clean Up Drive More Than Just A Political Gimmick

 PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaimed the first Friday of every month as the national clean-up day. The response to this clarion call has been massive with corporates in particular taking it upon themselves to clean  up the dirty and garbage infested streets around the country. Among some of the corporates which have heeded to this call include TelOne, NetOne, Steward Bank, National Blood Services, Old Mutual among a host of others.  It has been three months now since the first national clean up kicked off and yet our streets remain littered…

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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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#EDITORIAL COMMENT: You Can Not Stop Diarrhoea By Suturing The Orifice

ZIMBABWE is experiencing what could be termed the worst industrial action by members of the medical fraternity since the  birth of Christ.  Junior Doctors, Senior Doctors and Registrars have all joined in the strike and nurses will soon be joining in. In 2018 alone, Zimbabwe recorded three major strikes by health personnel which ended after government negotiated and promised to attend to the needs to of the striking doctors. As for the nurses, it did not end well for them as government through intervention of Vice President, Retried General Constantine…

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Open letter To President Elect ED By The CWGH

The New Government must prioritise strengthening of Primary Health Care to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals Now that the elections are over, the people of Zimbabwe expect the fulfilment of the election manifesto, in which you promised massive improvement in health infrastructure; more health personnel; accessible and affordable medicines; free medical care for cancer patients; at least one hospital per district, improved health services in resettlement areas, reduction of hospital fees by 50% and pursuing the Health for All policy, among others. As Community Working Group…

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Open Letter To President ED

Dear Mr President: I hope this letter finds you well. I also hope that you will take time off your busy schedule considering its election period, to take a glance at my letter. As the election draws nearer, let me wish you the best of luck and let the best man win under a free, credible and fair environment. However, my letter is not a political one since i am not  much of a political writer and my bias towards health, gender and human rights issues unquestionable. This particular letter…

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Lacking sight, one farmer finds his vision

Yamurayi Choruwa, 43, was born partially blind. By Tatenda Rodney Macheka A name given by his parents when they realized his condition,“Yamurayi,” loosely translated from the local dialect, means “a call for help,” and he admits that for many years he spent sleepless nights crying and worrying about himself. According to the Zimbabwe Council for the Blind, it is estimated that 125,000 people in Zimbabwe are blind and twice that number are visually impaired. These people often face social discrimination, as well as challenges in access to education and work.…

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