COVID-19 Worsens Chronic Poverty In Zimbabwe’s Vulnerable Citizens- Report

LIMITED social protection vehicles and the absence of social safety nets for some venerable groups has exacerbated already existing inequalities and chronic poverty among Zimbabwe’s vulnerable groups. By Michael Gwarisa A new report, the Zimbabwe’s Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) 2021 indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has  affected government’s  capacity to effectively address chronic poverty (by helping the poor households) as well as the capacity to mitigate the socio-economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the 2019 Labour Force  and  Child  Labour  Survey  (LFCLS),  about  249,000  persons,  which  is …

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Implementation Of National Disability Policy Key Says FODPZ

THE Federation of Organizations of Disabled People in Zimbabwe (FODPZ), an umbrella body of various national disabled people’s organizations has challenged all stakeholders to implement the newly launched National Disability Policy (NDP) for it to have tangible meaning in the lives of persons with disabilities (PWDs). By Patricia Mashiri The National Disability Policy was launched by President Emerson Mnangagwa on 09 June 2021 in a move  that is likely to bring better livelihoods for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). Speaking during a virtual meeting on critical reflection on the newly launched…

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Medical Aid Package For Persons With Disabilities Launched In Zimbabwe

MREF, a new Medical Aid policy for People with Disabilities (PWDs) has been introduced in Zimbabwe in a move that set to bring convenience and increase access to health services for the community. By Michael Gwarisa MREF stands for Muduvuri Rehabilitation and Empowerment Foundation and was founded by disability activist and business person, Jimayi Muduvuri. Speaking to HealthTimes on the behalf of MREF spokesperson, Mr Nyasha Nhau,  said the medical aid policy had come at the right time as demand for access to health services for PWDs has also increased…

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Humrel Donates Sanitary Wear To Girls With Special Needs

HUMREL Supply Chain Group together with its partners have donated an assortment of sanitary wear and toiletries to Saint Catherine Special School in Eastle, in a move that is likely to ease challenges faced by girls especially those with special needs in managing the menstrual health. By Patricia Mashiri The donation also coincided with the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day which is running under the theme “More action & investment in menstrual health & hygiene now!” Some of the partners who collaborated with Humrel in the initiative include Oxfam, Bowerbrands Media,…

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Disabled Young People Struggle To Navigate SRH Social Spaces During Lockdown

YOUNG people with disabilities are finding it difficult to access sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services during the prevailing lockdown period due to a myriad of factors, chief among them being failure to participate in social spaces where SRHR information is provided. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual meeting on ending teenage pregnancies which was hosted by Plan International Zimbabwe under the theme “Unraveling the thread of teenage pregnancies during COVID 19,” Social Worker with JF Kapnek, Adam Mukushi said the COVID-19 had presented numerous challenges for…

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Disability Inclusive Development Key To Achieving UHC In LMICs including Zimbabwe

AS we approach the International Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) on 12 December 2019, it is critical to rally African governments including Zimbabwe to reflect on the milestones in achieving UHC. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is a key part of the concept of primary healthcare launched in 1978 known as the Alma Ata (1978) declaration and reinforced in 2018 under the Astana declaration (2018). UHC aims to mobilize diverse stakeholders to call for stronger, more equitable health systems to achieve universal health coverage, leaving no one behind. IS IT…

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CSOs Raise Awareness On HIV & Disabilities At Agric Show

A consortium of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) representing people living with disabilities is riding on the 109th edition of the Zimbabwe Agricultural Show (ZAS) to raise awareness on sexual reproductive health (SRH) issues affecting people with disabilities (PWDs) in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The consortium which consists of Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT), Mashambanzou Care Trust (MCT), Disability, HIV & AIDS Trust (DHAT) with support from the Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) has this week been conducting stand to stand visits on various exhibitions stands educating exhibitors on SRH concerns faced by…

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Disability inclusive healthcare planning and policy in Zimbabwe

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 2011 Global report on disability, 15 percent of the World population has some form of disability and this makes People With Disability (PWD) the world largest minority group (World Health Organisation & The World bank, 2011). By Enoch Msungwini About 80 percent of PWD live in the developing world including Zimbabwe with one in every 5 individuals having some form of disability(Fisher, 2005). According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)framework(World Health Organization, 2010) a person’s level of functioning is…

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Rare Disability Haunts Beitbridge Family

TWENTY-year-old Musiiwa Sibanda has never enjoyed life like people in his age group. By Nhau Mangirazi recently in Beitbridge He hardly walks but crawls as he manoeuvres his way around the yard and other destinations due to a condition called Dystonia which has been haunting him since birth. To make life tough for Musiiwa, his wheelchair bound young brothers Adam aged 15 and Misheck aged 12 also suffer from the same condition. Both are attending school at Chenmanga primary school five kilometres away, they cannot walk due to a rare…

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