Children More Prone To Typhoid Fever: WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Zimbabwe National Professional Officer for Expanded program on Immunization, Dr Maxwell Rupfutse  said research shows that children under the age of four are more susceptible to typhoid as compared to other age groups. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual media sensitization meeting on Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine Introduction and catch up vaccination campaign, Dr Rupfutse said typhoid fever death rates may rise when left untreated. Severe cases may lead to serious complications or even death. Death rates in typhoid fever range from 1-4% in treated…

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Vice President launches Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine to benefit over 6million children

THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care has launched a Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine into routine childhood immunisation in Zimbabwe, as part of a broader strategy to eliminate epidemic prone diseases. By Patricia Mashiri The vaccination campaign which is set to start on 24 May up to 4 June 2021 will provide catch up Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine vaccination for over 6 million children aged 9 months to below 15 years in line with recommendations from global and local immunisation experts. Thereafter all children in Zimbabwe will begin to…

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World Vision Celebrates Significant Increase In Access To safe water

THE World Vision a Christian and child-focused humanitarian aid agency celebrates significant increase in the number of children and families accessing safe water in Zimbabwe By Patricia Mashiri Celebrating this year’s World Water Day running under the theme “Valuing Water, World Vision have made water available in sufficient quantities transforming communities and contributing to their health, education as well as economic benefits. Morris Chidavaenzi, the World Vision Zimbabwe WASH Technical Advisor, said they were thankful to their local and international partners whom they worked with to accelerate the access of…

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When Period Poverty Meets Water Crises: Harare Women and Girls Develop Vaginal Infections As They Go For Hours Wearing Damp Unwashed Reusable Sanitary Pads And Rags

SHARON Bumhira (26) from Hopley, Zone 3 is unemployed and every month, whenever her period visits, she finds it difficult to manage her menstrual hygiene as she can’t afford to buy sanitary pads. Like many girls in the area, Sharon uses rags and at times a reusable sanitary pad. By Michael Gwarisa For most girls and young women in Hopely, buying sanitary pads is a luxury they can’t even afford and a bucket of water is more important than buying a sanitary pad. The water situation in Hopely has made…

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A Thigh For For A Bucket: Sexual Abuse Reigns Supreme At Boreholes and Waterpoints In Zimbabwe

THE absence of adequate water and sanitation facilities provides a fertile breeding ground for Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). In both rural and urban settings in Zimbabwe, girls and women travel long distances to fetch water and, in some instances where ablution facilities are not available, they relieve themselves in the bush, further making girls and young women targets of abuse. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of 2019, a sizable number of households in Zimbabwe still lack sufficient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities…

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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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