Teen Pregnancies and Early Marriages Rear Ugly Head in Zim’s Farming Communities

IT’S a normal day inside Sable Ranch, a farming community at least 6 kilometers outside Marondera town in Mashonaland East province. Since its tobacco planting season, majority of labourers have been sent on a two-week long leave to give the tobacco plant enough time to grow. Just like their parents, school children at Ranch Farm and other surrounding farming communities are attending school just twice every week to adhere to government set COVID-19 prevention protocols. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Marondera, Mashonaland East While the adults have capitalized on the…

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Contraceptive Prevalence Still Depressed In Young People -ZNFPC

EVEN though all indicators in Zimbabwe’s national family planning program have done well over the years, teenage pregnancies, early child marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and new HIV infections have been on an upward trend in young people due to lack of access to contraceptives and other preventive methods. By Michael Gwarisa Currently, the Zimbabwe Public Health Act does not permit young adolescents to access or purchase contraceptives, medications and other health services in the absence of an adult thus making it difficult for young people below the age of…

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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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One year after Nairobi, the march continues towards rights and choices for all

Despite global COVID-19 crisis, governments uphold support for women’s and girls’ health and rights, one year after historic summit on ICPD25 AS the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on the health and economies of countries around the world, governments, non-governmental organizations, international financial institutions and the private sector are stepping up political, financial and in-kind support for programmes that protect the health and rights of women and girls in developing countries. A year ago, at the landmark Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, the world came together to commit…

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New High Level Commission Established To Track ICPD25 Commitments As COVID-19 Threatens To Sway Progress

A new High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists will be established today to help commitments to women’s health and rights made at the November 2019 Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 stay on track, even during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is blocking access to essential services, such as family planning and antenatal care. By Michael Gwarisa The Nairobi Summit secured billions of dollars in commitments from governments, the private sector, foundations and others. It rallied support to achieve “three zeros” – zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths,…

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People still have sex during outbreaks. Forgetting that can be deadly

THE world is gearing up its response to the rapidly spreading new coronavirus, SARS-Cov-2. But as it does so, access to sexual and reproductive health services and care are being severely curtailed. By Matshidiso Moeti and Julitta Onabanjo In 1994, the groundbreaking 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo produced a paradigm-shifting ICPD Programme of Action. The document committed more than 180 countries to ensuring comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for everyone.It also recognised that sexual and reproductive health and women’s empowerment are intertwined, and that both…

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Traditional Midwives Not Allowed In Zim Says Gvt

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) does not encourage traditional midwives to deliver babies nor offer maternal health related services to pregnant women, a top government official has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the wake of what has been described as “heroic works” of one Mbare traditional midwife, Mrs Esther Gwena who has since delivered more than 100 babies at her home. However, the babies are being delivered in the absence of critical health sundries such as, disinfectants, safe delivery kits, running water and proper…

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Zim Makes Renewed ICDP Commitments

ZIMBABWE has committed to advancing quality Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services to adolescent girls, women and young people in line with the ICPD25 goal of ending the unfinished business to health access. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Presenting the commitments on the closing day of the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), Director Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Ministry of Health and Care (MoHCC) Dr Robert Mudyiradima said Zimbabwe was willing to make revisions to certain policies hindering access to sexual reproductive health and rights.…

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Zim On Track To Fulfilling 1994 ICPD Commitments

ZIMBABWE  will tomorrow be presenting new commitments to the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) summit in Kenya, Nairobi amidst indications that the country is amongst the few countries which have excelled in advancing Sexual Reproductive Health services to young women and girls in line with international trends. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya In 1994, more than 179 governments converged in Cairo, Egypt where they committed to advance quality sexual reproductive health services and population development in line with modern day needs. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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#ICPD25: Governments Doing Lip Service On Ending GBV Against Women and LGBTQ

MOST African governments have progressive policies against gender based violence (GBV) but are failing on implementation, United Nations High Commissioner for Human, Dr Michelle Bachelete has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya Briefing a panel session on GBV at the ongoing International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) in Kneya, Nairobi, Dr Bachelete said GBV requires urgent attention and political will by governments. It is the state or country’s responsibility to protect its citizens against gender based violence. Violence is so widespread violence everywhere, in rich countries and poor countries.…

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