Zim’s National Disability Bill under review

Zimbabwe is reviewing its National Disability Bill in the bid to align it with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities the country ratified about a decade ago. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said during a validation of the policy lab model for Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) workshop ending tomorrow. UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa Director and Representative Professor Lidia Arthur Brito said the workshop comes at the nick of time following the launch of the National Disability Policy last year which was officiated by…

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Organisations sign MOU to fight GBV against women with disabilities

THE Memorandum of Understanding supporting coalition building between Organisations of Persons with Disabilities and the Women’s Movement in addressing Intersectional Discrimination signed on Wednesday seeks to engage traditionalists and faith based organisations. By Kudakwashe Pembere Women Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCOZ) National Coordinator Ms Sally Dura told journalists during the signing ceremony that they will be collaborating with traditional leaders and faith based organisations in coming up with ways of tackling SGBV against women and girls with disabilities. Our MOU is anchored on building strong partnerships in line with Sustainable Development…

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2022 National Budget Fails To Answer Key Disability Questions

EVEN though the 2022 National Budget that was recently announced by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube showed some improvement in the allocation to the health sector, it is silent on some of concerns that have been affecting Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) over the years. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe has a sizable number of person with disabilities with indications that  9.3% of the country’s population are are persons with disabilities, according to a recent survey that was conducted by Zimstats, Speaking during a press conference on disability-inclusive budgeting,…

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A Doctor with a heart of Gold

GUARDIAN angels come in many forms and for Nyasha Chripasi (17) from Saziya village who was born with a disability, her prayers were answered the day she met Dr Tapiwa Nyamangodo, the Clinical Supervisor for the Zimbabwe Idai Recovery Project (ZIRP) working the World Health Organisation in Chimanimani. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Nayamangodo has been leading a team of health and medical experts who were working under the ZIRP integrated health project where an array of services were being offered to Cyclone Idai survivors in Chimanimani district in Manicaland. Under…

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Regional Psychosocial Support Forum Kicks Off

THE 6th Edition of the Psychosocial Support Forum (PPS Forum), a hybrid meeting in which discussions are being held both virtually and physically, commenced today with a Children’s Forum ahead of the adult event to be held next week from 13 to 15 October. By Michael Gwarisa The pre-adult forum saw children from 13 countries from East and Southern Africa attending and deliberating on various issues that children and young people face, with the aim of coming up with a Children’s advocacy position they will present at the adult forum…

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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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