Parliament Wants Presidential Amnesty For All Wilful Transmission Of HIV Prisoners

THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health chairperson, Dr Ruth Labode says they have already lobbied President Emerson Mnangwa through the Speaker of Parliament seeking amnesty for everyone who was imprisoned on the grounds of wilful transmission of HIV. By Michael Gwarisa in Mazowe The development follows Parliament of Zimbabwe’s recent repealing of section 79 of the Criminal Law Code, which criminalized wilful HIV transmission. According to the National Aids Council (NAC), Zimbabwe currently has the highest rate of HIV criminalization prosecutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and the sixth highest in the…

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Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Initiative Could Curb Funds Abuse In Healthcare Sector

THE Parliamentary portfolio committee on Health and Childcare in partnership with the Coalition to build Momentum, Power, Activism, Strategy and Solidarity in Africa (COMPASS) project are set to implement the first ever Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) for the health sector in Zimbabwe. By Mary Mundeya PETS are a micro level tool that tracks resource flow from central government through line ministries and intermediary administration units such as provinces, districts to the service delivery units (clinics) whose purpose is to determine the extent to which actual spending on services is…

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Zimbabwe On The Verge Of Decriminalizing HIV Transmission

FOLLOWING massive lobbying and advocacy from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), parliament, the media and some quasi government institutions, Zimbabwe is at the cusp of decriminalizing wilful or deliberate transmission of HIV. By Michael Gwarisa This was revealed during the launch of a Media Tool Kit on HIV criminalization by the Health Law & Policy Consortium in Harare. The decriminalization of HIV in Zimbabwe is tied to the Marriages Bill, Section 53 (2) which if enacted, will result in the repeal of Section 79 of the Criminal Law Code which criminalizes…

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Zimbabwe Parliament To Revive National TB Caucus

MEMBERS of Parliament from both the House of Assembly and Senate are working on reviving the Zimbabwe Tuberculosis (TB) Caucus, an grouping of volunteer legislators and senators derived from across all Parliamentary portfolio committees and thematic committees to advocate for the realization of a TB free Zimbabwe through provision of adequate financing and attention to the infectious disease. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Kwekwe This was said during the engagement of the TB Caucus meeting which was convened by the Stop TB Partnership Zimbabwe in Kwekwe recently. The move to…

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Health Sector Human Resources Crises Derails TB Fight

HEALTH and Tuberculosis experts have warned that the prevailing human resources shortages in the health sector were crippling Tuberculosis (TB) related interventions as the number skilled personnel experienced in TB management were also leaving the country in droves. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Kwekwe The call comes in the midst of one has been termed the worst health sector exodus in decades whereby skilled health personnel have been resigning on a daily bases from both government hospitals and council clinics. In an interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of a…

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Allow Adolescence To Access Contraceptives -Govt Urged

GOVERNMENT has been urged to set up legislation encouraging teenagers to gain access to contraceptives in order to mitigate the increase in teenage pregnancies which put young girls at higher risk of maternal death. Own Correspondent Recently, Health and Child Care Minister, Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga said girls under the age of 16 cannot be given contraceptives as they cannot legally consent to sexual activity. Speaking during a virtual meeting on Social Accountability and Oversight in the Implementation of SADC Regional Commitments in Health and Agriculture yesterday, Chairperson for the Parliamentary…

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Govt Urged To Create Decent Working Conditions For Women

GOVERNMENT has been urged to promote decent working conditions for women in the public sector as they carry the extra burden of social labor at home. By Fadzai Ndangana This came out in a virtual meeting organized by social justice movements- Action Aid Zimbabwe and Issues Pane Nyaya, where stakeholders were discussing the importance of decent work in the context of national development. Social labor at home is supposed to be paid for someone to do it but in Zimbabwe, civil servants cannot afford to pay that someone so in…

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Zim ICPD Task-force Keeps Watchful Eye On Commitments Implementation

THE Zimbabwe National Taskforce (NTF) for monitoring commitments the country made at the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), has hit the ground running in ensuring the pledges Zimbabwe made at the Nairobi summit in 2019 are fulfilled. By Michael Gwarisa The taskforce was set up in November 2020 and it comprises of government ministries and departments, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Academia, United Nations Agencies operating in Zimbabwe and other organizations and stakeholders. The Ministries of Finance and that of health and Child Care are co-chairs to the taskforce.…

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Zim Experts Warn Of Rise In Unintended Pregnancies After Lockdown…Should Young People Adopt Long-term Contraceptives?

FAILURE by young women and girls to access modern contraceptives and reproductive health services during the lockdown could spell doom and possibly reverse the gains that have been attained in terms of reducing Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs). By Michael Gwarisa According to the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey (ZDHS) 2015, sexually active unmarried women are more likely to have the highest risk of unintended pregnancy. This is because more than 70% of them are on short-acting contraceptives, condoms, and orals. Under a lockdown scenario as ours, supply can easily be disrupted…

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Zim Progresses In Putting Abortion Act On National Agenda

ZIMBABWE is amongst  a few countries on the African continent which have made strides in discussing about the need to have a progressive Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP) at a national level, a sign the country is warming up to the need of having an abortion friendly law, a sexual reproductive health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa At least 14 countries are having dialogue on the issue of Termination of Pregnancy but Zimbabwe seem to have moved a step further as compared to other countries which are currently at…

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