Zim Spectacles Medical Aid Claims Balloon To ZW$10 Billion

By Michael Gwarisa The prevailing inflationary environment has eroded the value of local currency-denominated medical aid packages, resulting in claims for Spectacles going through the ceiling over the past 12 months. While the volume of annual spectacle claims has been declining over the period 2021 to 2023, the same cannot be said about the values of both foreign currency and local currency-denominated spectacle claims. Speaking in an exclusive interview with HealthTimes, Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Shylet Sanyanga said volumes of annual spectacles claims have…

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CDC Appoints Dr Robyn Neblett Fanfair Permanent Director HIV Prevention Division

By Michael Gwarisa The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the appointment of Captain Robyn Neblett Fanfair as director in the HIV Prevention division. Since August 2022, Dr. Fanfair has been at the helm of the Division as Acting Director, and will continue to provide her scientific leadership and expertise to manage, direct and coordinate the work of the Division to reduce new HIV infections, advance health equity, and improve the health of people with HIV. Announcing the appointment, Dr Jonathan H. Mermin, Director National Center for…

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Artisanal miners fill up Pari’s recently opened respiratory diseases HDU

By Kuda Pembere Artisanal miners account for the majority of cases being admitted at the recently opened high dependency (HDU) unit for respiratory ailments at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, a specialist pulmonologist said. The unit which has been operational for four months treats persons with pulmonary infections such as pneumonia, diabetic, diabetic ketoacidosis, COPD, silicosis, to mention but these. Speaking to journalists during a tour of the unit, the head of the HDU Dr Felix Manyeruke said they are treating a lot of these artisanal miners popularly known as makorokoza…

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Call to remove VAT and import duty in condom procurement

By Kuda Pembere Organizations in condom programming and distribution have called for the removal of Value Added Tax (VAT) and import duty on private sector condoms noting it will them more affordable. In separate statements commemorating International Condom Day, Population Services for Health (PSH) and AIDS HealthCare Foundation (AHF) Zimbabwe said the removal will improve availability of condoms to the public. With condoms playing a major role in preventing HIV, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and unwanted pregnancies, there are public sector condoms which are availed for free mainly in public…

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Helmsley pledge $2.19 million to help end blinding disease in Zambia

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has joined Sightsavers in the global fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with a grant of US$2.19 million to help eliminate the blinding disease in Zambia. The funding was announced at the Reaching the Last Mile Forum in Dubai where a total of $777m US dollars were pledged to help fight the 21 conditions classed as NTDs. Trachoma begins as a bacterial infection, with symptoms similar to conjunctivitis. But repeated infections cause scarring that makes people’s eyelashes turn inwards and scrape…

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Malawi Records Viral Conjunctivitis Outbreak

By Staff Reporter Kalonga District in the northern parts of Malawi has recorded several cases of Viral Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye, a common, self-limiting condition that typically is caused by adenovirus. According  to Medscape, other viruses that can be responsible for conjunctival infection include herpes simplex virus (HSV), varicella-zoster virus (VZV), picornavirus (enterovirus 70, Coxsackie A24), poxvirus (molluscum contagiosum, vaccinia), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). David Sibale, Director of Health Services Kalonga District Council said a total 109 cases have already been recorded in the district since February 1, 2024.…

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Environment Minister Visits Mid Zambezi, Lauds AWF Conservation Efforts

Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Environment, Climate and Wildlife Honorable John Paradza made a three-day visit to the Mid Zambezi Valley communal areas for a community engagement exercise to get firsthand information on human wildlife conflict concerns and possible mitigation measures from communities. The visit, which was done in one of the African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF) priority Landscapes spanned from 7-9 February and saw the Deputy Minister getting information about human wildlife conflict interventions implemented by AWF in partnership with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks), Rural District Councils…

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Eye Health A Neglected Public Health Issue In Africa

By Michael Gwarisa Sightsavers have warned that the continued neglect of Eye Care as a public health issue on the African continent was derailing efforts to respond eye-related diseases, resulting in more people developing blindness and irreversible eye complications. This comes amidst indications that globally, a billion people have a visual impairment that could have been prevented or could still be treated. Speaking in an interview with HeathTimes in Zambia recently, Francis Kalusa,  Sightasavers Program Manager Zambia said Eye Care was lagging behind other diseases in terms of attention. So…

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Zimbabwe Marks One Year Since Recording First Cholera Case

By Michael Gwarisa Today, February 12, 2024, marks exactly 12 months since the first Cholera outbreak was reported in Zimbabwe in Chegutu, Mashonaland West. The Cholera anniversary comes in the wake of the outbreak having been reported in 61 districts in all the country’s 10 provinces. Deputy Cholera Incident Manager in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Stephen Karim said the country was beginning to witness a positive trajectory in the cholera outbreak. You might remember that we reported the first case of Cholera was on the…

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Scientists Test Travel Vaccine Against Malaria

Following the successful rollout of a Malaria Vaccine, scientists are now testing the efficacy of a vaccine that protects travelers against malaria in other groups first. This also comes in the wake of field trials in older age groups – including people who are thinking of becoming pregnant – are in the works, while vaccines against other types of malaria are also under development. Although the focus is still on people who live in malaria-endemic countries for now, a travel vaccine could become available in the coming years, researchers say.…

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