Zim Launches Special Initiative For Mental Health

ZIMBABWE has introduced a national program for Mental Health and the Zimbabwe Mental Health Investment Case with the aim of improving policy, advocacy, financing and the upholding of human rights, as well as scale up evidence-based interventions and services for people living with mental health disorders. By Patricia Mashiri Mental health disorders include substance abuse disorders and neurological diseases. The strength of the special initiative is based on establishment of evidenced based mental health treatment packages mainly for the treatment of substance use disorders, decentralization of mental health services, establishment…

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Shamwari yeMwanasikana Responds To Health Minister’s Remarks On Access To SRH Services

Shamwari yeMwanasikana, a Non- Governmental Organization that provides support for and supports the empowerment and emancipation of the girl child in Zimbabwe has vowed to continue fighting for adolescents and girls to access  Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Services (SRHS) without any restrictions. By Staff Reporter The development comes at the back of media reports that the ministry of health had shot down a request by the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS to have Section 35 of the country’s Public Health Act amended…

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Government bans public gatherings

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has issued a ban all public gathering except funerals which are limited to 30 people. Staff Reporter Speaking during a press briefing, Dr Constantino Chiwenga, Vice President and also Minister of Heath and Child Care said all conferences and meeting must be held virtually. The last 7 seven days have seen 596 new cases and 26 deaths as compared to the same period in May 2021 where we had 132 new cases and 6 deaths. This is a more than 4 fold…

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Government Officially Reopens St Anne’s Hospital

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga yesterday officially reopened St Anne’s Hospital, a move he says will enhance the Church’s role in complementing government’s efforts to provide quality healthcare services. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the reopening of St Anne’s Harare Hospital which had closed in February 2016 for repairs and maintenance, VP Chiwenga said Zimbabwe’s health challenges require homegrown solutions. I am very much aware of the contribution of St Anne’s Hospital to the Health Care System in Zimbabwe. I say this because it is our…

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The Clock Is Ticking, Time To End TB Is Now Says VP Chiwenga

HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has called for collaboration in the fight against Tuberculosis (TB) in the midst of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic which has largely disrupted TB programming and treatment efforts. By Michael Gwarisa According to preliminary data from the World Health Organization (WHO), a total 1.4 Million people  from over 80 countries faced challenges in accessing TB treatment in 2020, which is a reduction of 21% from 2019 and countries with the biggest relative gaps were Indonesia (42%), South Africa (41%), Philippines (37%) and…

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Zimbabwe Commemorates World AIDS Day…AS US Government Pledges US$230 Million To Boost HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity

ZIMBABWE today joined the rest of the world in observing the World AIDS Day (WAD) at a time the country is reported to have made significant strides towards HIV epidemic control. By Michael Gwarisa The WAD 2020 commemorations were held under the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility,” and were held in Harare at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) under strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Speaking during the WAD commemorations, Health and Child Care minister, Vice President Constatino Chiwenga said he was pleased to note that Zimbabwe had registered significant progress…

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