CWGH calls for more cholera vaccine doses

By Staff Reporter The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called for Government to increase the number of vaccine doses given the available ones only provide protection against the cholera epidemic Zimbabwe is seized with. With Zimbabwe targeting to vaccinate 2.3 million people, the CWGH feels they are not enough as the country’s population stands at 15 million. “The government recently launched the campaign aimed at immunizing over 2 million people against the water-borne disease, amid an outbreak that has killed over 500 people and infected at least 20…

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When Religion Meets Cholera: Information Gaps Threaten Cholera Response In Marange

By Michael Gwarisa recently in Marange It’s 12:00 midnight, and two men knock at Cecilia Garira’s door. Cecilia is a famous Village Health Worker from the Johane Marange sect in Marange, Mfararikwa Village, who has volunteered to assist Cholera patients from her sect. The two men bear bad tidings. One of their members is critical and in need of help as he is exhibiting severe Cholera symptoms including dehydration. Cecilia doesn’t waste time. She packs her bag and joins the two men. Earlier in the day, the man in question…

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When Facts Are Not Enough: COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Widening Gaps In Vaccine Confidence

“I was vaccinated because it was mandatory at work. I had two options, get vaccinated, or go home. I chose the former,” says Theresa Manongwa,* an employee with TelOne, one of Zimbabwe’s leading Telecommunications company. By Michael Gwarisa In July, 2021, TelOne, issued a statement announcing that it would send its unvaccinated staff on forced leave until the country’s COVID-19 situation had subsided. Caught between being sent on forced leave and the prospects of losing her job had the situation persisted, Theresa felt compelled to get her vaccine shots despite…

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Harare Tells Residents To Disinfect Both Borehole And Tape Water, As Cholera Closes In On Big Cities, Eight Provinces Record Deadly Diarrhoeal disease

WHAT started as a single suspected Cholera case in Chegutu a month ago, could soon become a full blown epidemic in Zimbabwe, amidst indications that only two out of the 10 administrative provinces in the country are yet to record confirmed cases of Cholera. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), eight provinces so have recorded cases of Cholera since the beginning of 2023, with cases in the eight provinces having no epidemiological link to each other. However, only Harare and Bulawayo have no…

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Zimbabwe Signs Tough Health Services Bill Into Law…Health Workers Who Call For Strike To Be Jailed 6 Months

DESPITE widespread condemnation of the Health Services Bill at consultation level, Zimbabwe has proceeded to sign the controversial Health Services Act into law. By Staff Reporter According to the new law, any individual who is a member of the governing body of any trade union or representative body of members of the Health Service which incites or organises any collective job action contrary to subsection shall be guilty of any an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level 4 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six…

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Mthuli’s Uninspiring Budget Allocation Towards Healthcare Slammed

PUBLIC Health Experts and health economists have criticized the recently announced allocation of 11% towards healthcare, which they believe is still a far-cry from the required allocation of 15% in accordance with the Abuja Declaration. By Michael Gwarisa The government allocation on health and child care as a percentage of the total public expenditure increased from 10.6% in 2022 to 11.2% in 2023, making the Abuja target an elusive pipe-dream. Giving an Analysis of the 2022 Budget, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said while…

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Collective agency, the answer to health inequality

DEMANDING universal rights to health requires collective agency across different communities and agencies within and across African countries, a recent EQUINET Regional Conference on health in East and Southern Africa heard. By Nyasha Chingono  Delegates during the virtual conference, agreed that building alliances and capacities, within and across countries will be critical in bridging the widening health gap. The conference themed ‘Catalysing change for equity and social justice in Health’ drew experts in health and trade unions. While it remains a challenge for individual organisations to be heard globally, health…

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Trading the spanner for Universal Health Coverage…The meteoric rise of Itai Rusike into public health stardom

To many, he is just an ordinary human being and a health activist with a zeal for health issues. Some call him Wadyegora, a name synonymous with his Moyo or heart totem. Born during the liberation struggle in a place of rich mixed soils in Saruwe or Selous, Itai Josh Rusike’s or Mukoma Josh’s as he is known by many, knew at a tender age that he was destined for greatness on this earth. Over the years, Itai has grown into becoming one of the leading Public Health Voices in…

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Zimbabwe Urged To Invest Heavily Towards Biomedical HIV Prevention Research

THERE is need for Zimbabwe to mobilise domestic financial and technical resources for the purposes of enhancing HIV Biomedical research and development, experts have said. By Michael Gwarisa This was revealed during a mini Biomedical HIV-Prevention Forum (BHPF) that was held in Harare.  The Biennial Forum is an official pre-conference of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs      in Africa (ICASA). The BHPF in 2021 is the fifth such event, following the successful events hosted in 2013, 2015, and 2017. Three countries, Cote d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe and Rwanda will be hosting…

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Broken Down Zim Health System Blamed For Community COVID-19 Deaths

LACK of basic medications and requisite equipment in most of Zimbabwe’s health institutions both primary and public health facilities has led to poor health seeking behavior by citizens, leading to a spike in community COVID-19 deaths and uncontrolled community transmissions, Mr Itai Rusike, the Executive Director for the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. By Michael Gwarisa His remarks come at the back of recent revelations by tow of the College of Primary Healthcare Physicians in Zimbabwe (CPCPZ) and the Zimbabwe College of Public Health Physicians (ZCPHP) that…

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