Contraceptive shortage hits Matabeleland North province

GOVERNMENT run health facilities in Matabeleland North Province are experiencing a severe shortage of contraceptives. HealthTimes Reporter Health facilities visited over the past month reported very low supplies or mostly no supplies of oral contraceptives, injectables and implants. The province is also facing a dire shortage of condoms, worsening the situation. Health watchdog, Citizens Health Watch said the shortage undermines women’s reproductive health rights and increases the risk of unwanted pregnancies.  There are also concerns that women maybe be forced to resort to unsafe abortions as a result of unwanted…

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Of Adolescent Mothers and Maternal Complications

ZIMBABWE is still struggling to cope with growing cases of maternal deaths and complications with statistics indicating that young girls aged 10 to 13 being the biggest victims.   By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNFPA National Adolescent Fertility Study of 2016, in Zimbabwe the fertility for adolescent women aged 15-19 years was 115 births per 1,000 women of the same age in 2015. The report also indicated that although fertility  rates  among  women  aged  20  years  and  above  in  Zimbabwe  have  fallen  over  the  last  two  decades,  adolescent  pregnancy …

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Citizen Health Watch To Host Patients Summit

CITIZENS’ Health Watch (CHW), a citizen centred health watchdog is set to host a Patients’ Summit on Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health on October 10, 2018 in the capital Harare. HealthTimes Reporter The summit which will be held at Cresta Masasa will run under the theme ‘Start with the Patient and Leave No One Behind’ and will be followed by a Nurses awards ceremony in the evening. Speaking to HealthTimes, CHW trustee, Fungisai Dube said all was in place for the summit and it will focus on experiences of adolescent’s…

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