Zim’s Community Health Strategy Nears Completion

THE Health and Childcare Ministry will complete the National Community Health Draft Strategy next week which will provide community health workers with guidelines on how they should work while on the ground. By Kudakwashe Pembere The team working on the draft expects to present it to the Health ministry in a fortnight amidst indications that wokers have all along been working been working without guidelines. Dr Stanley Midzi from Zimbabwe’s World Health Organisation office said they realised that all along there were no benchmarks on how community health workers are…

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Second Cholera Vaccine Dose Out Next Month

A second dose of the cholera vaccine will be administered to the public in the next 30 days, a Cabinet official has said.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite the cholera epidemic having been controlled,  a number of latest cases  continue be recorded in communal areas with latets having been detected in Mutoko. Over 50 people succumbed to the water borne disease across the country with the majority of deaths reported in Glen View and Budiriro which was the hotspot. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said in an…

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BonVie Launches Electronic Claims Switching Platform

Zimbabwe’s medical aid scheme BonVie  on Thursday unveiled its electronic claims switching platform which enhances the time taken to process payments.   By Kudakwashe Pembere From the days when processing a claim took 90 days, to 30 days this system takes less than 15 days. The technical partner for this platform is New Health 263 which provides expertise in managing it. Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo was heartened at the launch of this platform seeing the health industry adopting technology solutions. “This morning we are here to launch…

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National Medical Aid Scheme Key To Universal Health Coverage

THE long overdue establishment of a National Health Insurance Scheme is crucial in achieving universal health coverage as Zimbabwe explores various ways to increase domestic funding for patching up the bleeding healthcare delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was recommended during the Universal Health Coverage celebrations hosted by the Community Working Group on Health in Harare on Wednesday. This submission comes at a time when resources in the health sector are heavily constrained with doctors on strike on one end, as well as the obtaining deterioration of the country’s healthcare…

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RBZ Injects US$6, 7 million To Allay Medicine Shortages

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) yesterday pumped in US$6, 7 million to mitigate the shortage of much needed foreign currency for the supply and manufacturing of medicines in the health sector, a Cabinet Minister said on Friday. By Kudakwashe Pembere A cross section of the health sector called on the apex bank to consider allocating a chunk of the US$500 million line of credit announced in the Monetary Policy Statement last week to the health sector which for months has been enduring the foreign currency crisis which caused the…

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#BREAKING: Prophets Now Require Licences To Heal

By Michael Gwarisa PROPHETS and churches are now mandated to obtain licences to carry out deliverance and healing sessions, or administer any healing ointments or herbs to their followers, a top government official has said. The move is aimed at curbing extremism and healing malpractices obtaining in modern day churches and religious groupings which have resulted in many innocent souls losing their lives or falling victim to extreme health conditions. ALSO READ: Prophets Fueling HIV Drug resistance Briefing Journalists this afternoon(16/08/2017), Health and Child Care Deputy Ministry Hon Aldrin Musiiwa…

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USAID Avails US$20 Mln To Africaid To Scale Up Zvandiri Model

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has availed a US$20 million grant towards HIV treatment, care, and support services for youths in particular those living with HIV. The grant is being awarded to a Zimbabwean private voluntary organization, Africaid who are spearheading the Zvandiri model which is targeted at young people who were born HIV positive. Speaking during the signing ceremony, USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk said “USAID is proud to partner with Africaid to help Zimbabwean children and adolescents live longer, healthier lives. The United…

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Lack Of Investment Hampering Breast Feeding Efforts

New analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025 GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 August 2017 – No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast…

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Teen Pregnancies Rock Chimanimani

By Michael Gwarisa A total of 237 teenage girls have given birth at Mutambara Mission Hospital since the beginning of the year. Briefing ministry of health officials and donors, officials at the Hospital confirmed the sad development and blamed the presence of illegal miners in the Rusitu and Hotsprings areas. “Teen pregnancies is a major challenge in Chimanimani district, 237 teenagers have given birth Mutambara mission hospital since January. “Mutsvangwa, Rusitu & Hotsprings are hot spots in teen preg in Chimanimani district mostly because of illegal mining activities in these areas. Mutambara…

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Mandatory food fortification on cards

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE is set to start mandatory food fortification for maize meal, sugar, cooking oil and wheat flour with effect from July 1, 2017, government has announced. Food fortification is a process where vitamins and minerals are added to food during processing and this is done to provide people with adequate vitamins and minerals to prevent various nutrient deficiency diseases. The country adopted food fortification since 1994, when mandatory salt iodations was introduced as a measure to eradicate iodine deficiency disorder including goiter. In a statement, Ministry of…

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