Desperate Zimbos Turn To Crowd Funding For Healthcare Financing

IN a country where medical aid coverage is less than 10 percent, ordinary Zimbabweans who can’t afford medical aid cover and health insurance have found solace in crowd funding initiatives for critical surgeries and treatment for complicated ailments. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Association of Healthcare Funders Zimbabwe (AHFoZ), medical aid coverage has dropped from a high of 10 percent in 2018 to the current  9 percent, making it untenable for majority of Zimbabweans whose life savings and hard earned cash has turned into manure since August 2018 at…

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New Public Health User Fees A Threat To Universal Health Coverage

UNIVERSAL Health Coverage can be summarised in two key terms. These are financial protection and quality service coverage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The new hospital user fees have a lot of detrimental implications to the health and wellbeing of this country. Government’s role is to create a level playing field while more importantly, protecting the citizens. Zimbabwe is a nation exemplary in making commitments towards improving health delivery system yet fulfilling them seems to be something taken lightly. Supposed to have a happy new year were Zimbabweans whose festive spirit was…

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CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a  substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. By Michael Gwarisa Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved the NAC board a year ago a few weeks after former NAC CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure had resigned. Since January 2019, Mr Raymond Yekeye the NAC Operations Manager and Mr Alfred Manenji the Finance…

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Cut Expenditure On Military and Channel Funds To Health

THE Zimbabwe national budget should cease prioritising military expenditure and channel funds towards the ailing health sector in order to reduce internal conflict from disgruntled healthcare workers. By Michael Gwarisa Giving an analysis of the 2020 Health Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said the 2020 budget has remained static and largely uninspiring and the humongous allocation of fund to the military was worrisome. While the Ministries of Basic Education and Health got the second and third highest votes after agriculture, their allocations at…

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Dump Disciplinary Action and Pursue Dialogue With Doctors-Gvt Warned

INSTITUTING disciplinary action on striking doctors would only worsen an already fragile health system in Zimbabwe, health experts have warned. By Michael Gwarisa Junior doctors in Zimbabwe abandoned their workstations early September, 2019 citing incapacitation as a result of the meagre wages which they say can hardly sustain their daily needs. Government has since declared the job action illegal through a Labour Court victory but this however, has not moved the striking doctors with the medical practitioners maintaining that they are still incapacitated and a court order was not useful…

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Government should engage the doctors to avert the looming strike action

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has called on government to consider reengaging doctors who have downed tools to avoid plunging the country’s already ailing health sector into a deeper crisis. Government doctors last week gave notice that they would go on strike following their rejection of a 60% salary increase offer. Mr Rusike said there doctors demands were not ridiculous and government should engage in good faith if the situation is to be averted. The doctors want their salaries to be adjusted to…

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CWGH Donates US$50k worth of goods to Cyclone Idai…Health Workers to benefit

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), has handed over US$50 000 worth of goods comprising of consumable and non-consumable items to the Cyclone Idai affected communities in Manicaland. By Michael Gwarisa A total of 100 households are set to benefit and these also include vulnerable members of society, healthcare workers and village or community health workers who were also affected by the cyclone. Speaking at the handover event, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said health workers were being side-lined in most donations despite the fact they were also…

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Parirenyatwa Health Crisis Turning Into National Disaster- CWGH

COMMUNITY Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike has warned that the prevailing health crisis at Parirenyatwa Hospital could soon become a national disaster if government does not treat it with the urgency it deserves. By Michael Gwarisa The health crisis at Parirenyatwa has seen consultant doctors  downing tools after the institutions failed to allocate the necessary resources which include medical sundries, drugs and equipment. In other instances, unconfirmed number of deaths have been reported from the burns, maternal and emergency wards owing to the resources crisis.…

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Dedicate The 2percent Tax To Health, Govt Told

HEALTH lobbyists have suggested that the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax be channeled towards the improvement of the country’s health sector. By Kudakwashe Pembere This comes at a time when doctors at government owned hospitals are in persistent strikes over the shortage or unavailability of medical sundries and equipment. The latest strike is one at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday were they complained of working conditions putting patients’ lives at risk on the back medicines and sundries scarcity. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association Secretary General Dr Anele Bhebhe took…

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Gvt To Blame For Recurrent Doctors Strikes- CWGH

FAILURE by government to come up with a pro poor national budget which priorities basic health needs, is the leading cause for perennial strikes by medical doctors and other health staff, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. By Michael Gwarisa Within a single year,  doctors have twice embarked on  nationwide strikes that have crippled operations at all major health institutions resulting in the untold suffering of patients and possibly numerous deaths that could have been avoided. CWGH Executive Director Mr Itai Rusike said it was shocking that…

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