NAC/UNICEF Collaborate To Integrate WASH and HIV Programs For Positive Health Outcomes In Sanyati

IN a bid to reduce diarrhoeal induced morbidity and mortality amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as influence behavior change, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has partnered the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to integrate HIV and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in Sanyati districts.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sanyati A study conducted by the Anglo-American Group foundation indicate that Diarrhoea remains a very common disease affecting about 90% of people living with HIV in Southern Africa,…

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Zimbabwe’s Antimicrobial Resistance threat to grow if not tackled in a holistic manner

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Harare, Zimbabwe –There is growing evidence of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Zimbabwe. A study conducted by local epidemiologists following the 2018 cholera outbreak concluded that there had been high incidences of drug resistance which made it difficult to contain the disease using the usual antibiotics. The latter, has been a result of Zimbabweans abusing antibiotics due to unregulated consumption and not completing the full course when prescribed by the doctors. By Tatenda Chimbwanda Therefore, Zimbabweans need to stop misusing antibiotics and adhere to the full course of treatment when prescribed…

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Ensuring Hand Hygiene Beyond The COVID-19 Response

IN commemoration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) 2020, the focus remains on improving hand hygiene while ensuring safe water and sanitation services are made available and accessible for all. This year’s theme aligns with the new Hand Hygiene for All Initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Handwashing is one of the cheapest, easiest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, according to the UN, in sub-Saharan Africa, 75% of the population (767 million people) lack…

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City of Harare To Increase Refuse Collection Trucks Fleet- Mayor

NEWLY elected Harare Mayor, Councilor (Cllr) Jacob Mafume has hinted that the local authority is working on increasing the fleet of garbage collection vehicles in order to match the increasing demand for services. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through the official City of Harare Facebook account, Cllr Mafume said the city was expanding and this has exerted pressure on the already dilapidated fleet which also needs revamping. I do understand that we have some of our trucks stuck in South Africa due to the foreign currency issue. We will try to…

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Harare Shuts Morton Jaffray Water Treatment Plant

Harare City on Monday its Morton Jeffery water treatment plant on the back of chemical shortages. This comes barely a week after the Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube availed about $3, 1 million USD to the City to help it improve service delivery. But Acting Mayor Cllr Enock Mupamawonde urged Government to declare the water crisis an emergency. Cllr Mupamwonde was speaking at a Policy Dialogue Forum organised by the Community Water Alliance. “We have called on government to declare the water situation in the city an emergency because the…

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Open Defecation Highest in Mat North

MATEBELELAND North recorded the highest number of households still practicing open defecation in the period 2018 to 2019, a Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) survey has reported. By Michael Gwarisa According to the report, 60% of households in Mat North practice open defecation against a 33% national defecation rate. Open defecation was practiced by 33% of households nationally, with the highest proportion being in Matabeleland North was 60%. Binga had the highest proportion of households was 74.3% practising open defecation. Twelve districts had more than 50% of households practising open…

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Integrated Nutrition And WASH Project Transforms Binga Fortunes

NUTRITION is a basic human right and has been identified as the most pertinent and key component in ensuring countries achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS), hence the need for a multisectoral nutrition security approach towards realising nutrition goals for citizens. By Michael Gwarisa in Binga Despite most governments including Zimbabwe having committed to advancing nutrition centered solutions as well as ending malnutrition by the year 2030, more still needs to be done to realise this vision. In Binga, the issue of food insecurity as a result of reoccurring droughts has…

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385k Get Cholera Vaccine in Chipinge and Chimanimani

ABOUT 385 000 people in Cyclone Idai affected areas of Chimanimani and Chipinge received the oral cholera vaccine as of Wednesday, UNICEF has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere The cholera vaccination initiative which commenced last week is a preventive measure to avert a possible cholera outbreak in the affected areas. The target is to administer the oral vaccine to over 480 000 people in the affected areas aged 12 months and older. “As we approach the end of Oral Cholera Vaccination Campaign in the two #CycloneIdal affected districts, Chimanimani and Chipinge.…

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Typhoid Vaccination Commences On Monday

GOVERNMENT begins rolling out a mass typhoid vaccination campaign intended to mitigate the menacing waterborne disease among its citizens. By Kudakwashe Pembere The implementation of this programme makes Zimbabwe the first African country to take up the large scale vaccination against typhoid which unlike other typhoid vaccines in September can be administered to young children and long lasting immunity. Briefing the press, Health and Child care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo hoped the program to have coincided the same time as the first phase of the vaccination dose. “I would like…

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Econet Tops Up US$60 million For Cholera Fight

ECONET Wireless’ social impact organization, Higher Life Foundation has availed another US$60 million towards the cholera response. By Kudakwashe Pembere This is supplementary to the US$10 million Econet Zimbabwe donated when the cholera outbreak broke out. The money will be used over the next five years. “The family foundation of Econet founders Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa is committing an additional US$60 million towards the cholera response in Zimbabwe. This comes on the back of an initial $10 million investment by Econet Zimbabwe at the onset of the cholera outbreak in…

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