A Fruitful Marriage: Urban Voucher System Reduces Maternal Deaths in Harare’s Central Hospitals/Council Clinics

Like many women in high-density and peri-urban communities, Method Pagiwa (26), from Kuwadzana Phase in Harare, registered her pregnancy with the Antenatal Clinic at Rujeko Polyclinic in Dzivarasekwa, when she was seven months into her pregnancy. This, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards is not recommended as they prescribe that women in developing countries such as Zimbabwe, should seek ANC within four months (17 Weeks) of pregnancy. By Michael Gwarisa On July 7, 2023, Method started experiencing labor pains and her waters broke while she was on her…

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When Communities Take Up Leading Role In Improving Maternal and Child Health

When the world locked down in 2020 at the back of a COVID-19 pandemic, all health services left for COVID-19-related interventions were heavily disrupted.  Maternal and Child Health were among some of the most affected services as health facilities offering services continued to face significant challenges compromising the quality of care By Michael Gwarisa Even though data points to an increase in institutional deliveries since the year 2016 in Zimbabwe, a decline was noted during the COVID-19 era. This was largely attributed to the disruption in maternal health services and…

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RBF’s Urban Voucher Reduces Maternal and Neonatal Deaths In Harare

THE Urban Voucher (UV) component of the Results Based Financing (RBF) program, which is being implemented through funding and technical support from the World Bank (WB) has resulted in a decline in maternal and neonatal deaths due to increased uptake of services by pregnant and expecting women. By Michael Gwarisa The RBF project was introduced by the government of Zimbabwe in 2011 and is financed by the Global Financing Facility and the Health Results and Innovation Trust Fund. In the earlier phases, the  Project aimed to accelerate access to quality…

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Zim Inks US$6.6 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Grant

ZIMBABWE’S finance ministry, the World Bank Group, as the Fund Administrator of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program and the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Trust Fund have singed a US$6.6 Million COVID-19 response grant with the aim of supporting the deployment and management of COVID-19 vaccines. By Staff Reporter According to the World Bank, financing for the project, which comes in the form of a grant, aims to support the deployment and management of COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen related health system capacity in Zimbabwe. the grant will ensure adequate…

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