Zimbabwe Launches US$90 Million Health Resilience Fund

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), through support from development and funding partners, has launched the Health Resilience Fund (HRF) worth US$90 Million to support interventions across three main pillars which include ending Preventable Maternal and Child Deaths; Global Health Security; and Health Systems Strengthening. By Michael Gwarisa Funding and development partners to the HRF include the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) Government, Ireland, Sweden, and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, as well as the UN agencies UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. Officiating at the launch which coincided…

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Zimbabwe Invites Retired and Former Nurses and Health Workers Back Into Service

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) through the Health Services Board (HSB) has extended the waiver to reappoint former health workers who need to re-join the service in a bid to fill the gaps that have been arisen as a result of the exodus of skilled personnel. By Staff Reporter Through a circular, HSB Executive Director, Mr Angelbert Mbengwa said the waiver has been extended from the original September Deadline to March 31 2023. Please be advised that the waiver has been extended for a further period of…

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Zim launches new National Eye Health Strategy

Zimbabwe has launched its new National Eye Health Strategy to quell the growing burden of eye diseases in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at the official launch at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on Wednesday, Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Dr Constantino Chiwenga said this strategy for the period 2021 to 2025 comes at a time when the country is aiming to provide accessible, timely and quality eye services to all, in need of care in Zimbabwe. In addition, my Ministry is calling for additional investments required…

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Iranian Doctors In Zimbabwe For Medical Exchange Visit

A delegation of 12 Iranian specialists from various medical disciplines is in the country for an exchange visit, as part of efforts to strengthen cooperation in the health and medical field between the two countries. By Michael Gwarisa The doctors will be touring health facilities in Bulawayo starting tomorrow and will be in the country for the next two weeks where they will exchange experiences with medical doctors in Zimbabwe’s health institutions. Speaking at the courtesy call on the Office of the Vice President by the 12 member delegation at…

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Zimbabwe Launches Door-to-Door Supplementary Polio Immunisation Program

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) will from 27 to 30 October, 2022 kick-start the first round of a nationwide supplementary Polio immunisation drive as the country scales-up disease and outbreaks preparedness and prevention in children. By Michael Gwarisa The second round will start from December 1 up to December 4 and will be targeting children from Zero to five years. The supplementary vaccination will target children within the mentioned age range regardless of previous vaccination status. Even though Zimbabwe was certified Polio free in 2005, there have…

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Ministry of Health Holds Outbreaks and Immunisation Media Training

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) is holding a five days media training on immunisations and outbreaks in Domboshawa with the aim of capacitating health Journalists with the requisite information and knowledge around some of the interventions government is doing to address public health emergencies. By Michael Gwarisa The training is being attended by more than 25 Journalists and officials from the ministry of health Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) program. Giving opening remarks during the opening day of the workshop, MoHCC Director Nursing Services, Mrs Nyaradzai Chiwara…

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UNICEF is concerned about the impact of measles outbreak

UNICEF is deeply concerned with the numbers of cases and deaths among children due to a measles outbreak in Zimbabwe. By Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF Representative in Zimbabwe On 10 April 2022, Mutasa District in Manicaland Province was the first district to report a measles outbreak.  According to the latest data shared by the Government of Zimbabwe through the weekly Disease Surveillance System, a total of 6034 suspected cases, 4266 recoveries and 685 deaths have so far been recorded since the onset of the outbreak. Manicaland Province has the highest…

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RBF’s Urban Voucher Reduces Maternal and Neonatal Deaths In Harare

THE Urban Voucher (UV) component of the Results Based Financing (RBF) program, which is being implemented through funding and technical support from the World Bank (WB) has resulted in a decline in maternal and neonatal deaths due to increased uptake of services by pregnant and expecting women. By Michael Gwarisa The RBF project was introduced by the government of Zimbabwe in 2011 and is financed by the Global Financing Facility and the Health Results and Innovation Trust Fund. In the earlier phases, the  Project aimed to accelerate access to quality…

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Visiting UNICEF Director Satisfied With Zim Health Sector Achievements

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care together with UNICEF embarked on a provincial field tour in Mashonaland Central visiting district clinics and hospitals to assess challenges and opportunities obtaining in the country’s health institutions. By Patson Gumbo Visiting UNICEF Global Director of Health from UNICEF New York, USA, Dr. Aboubacar Kampo expressed satisfaction with the progress that the government of Zimbabwe has made in providing health service and was grateful for the partnership between the two parties. Dr. Kampo affirmed continued support to the government of Zimbabwe. I have…

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Zimbabwe receives nearly one million COVID-19 vaccine doses from COVAX

Zimbabwe has received  943,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the global COVAX Facility to complement ongoing national vaccine deployment. Health Reporter The vaccines have been received in tranches where the first batch arrived on 29th September and the second batch today, 01 October 2021. In a handover ceremony held this afternoon, Dr John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care said, “We are grateful to all partners for their support in facilitating the arrival of the vaccines in our country.” The COVAX Facility is a global partnership comprised of the…

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