Gvt Takes Over Circumcision Program

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) together with the Population Services International (PSI) have come up with a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) sustainability transition implementation plan (STIP) that will see government taking over implementation and programing of the project in both scale up and maintenance districts by the year 2021. By Michael Gwarisa Under the new framework, VMMC programing and implementation will move from a vertical heavily partner and donor supported programme to a more locally-owned and managed intervention. The decision comes at the back of a…

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How I Transitioned From Male to Female…Alessandra’s Trans Journey

“When I visited my doctor for my initial check-up in December 2017, it sort of scared me a bit. My doctor told me that my hormones were identical to those of a biological female of my age.” By Michael Gwarisa In Zimbabwe, a man who claims to possess hormones and a penchant for feminine things is labelled gay and an outcast. Owing to massive Christian and cultural beliefs, the issue is deemed taboo and many a times, individuals who come out as either gay, lesbian trans-men or trans-woman are segregated…

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Minister Moyo Threatens To Fire Parirenyatwa Management

…As Health Crisis Deepens …Foreign Supplies Reject Zim USD Payments   HEALTH and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo has cracked his whip on Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals management for failing to arrest the prevailing drugs and sundries crisis at the institution which has forced senior doctors to withdraw their services until the situation  has normalised. By Michael Gwarisa The decline in health services at Parirenyatwa hospital has forced medical doctors to attend to emergency surgeries only, leaving millions of health seekers stranded.  The management team at Parirenyatwa which is…

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#BREAKING: Zim To Switch To New ARV Drug With Less Side Effects

ZIMBABWE is ready to transition to Teno-Lamuvudine Dolutegrevir (TLD), an Anti-retro Viral (ARV) drug with less side effects, moving away from the Teno-Lamivudine-Efavirenz (TLE) a three in one drug that is taken once a day, a top health official has said By Michael Gwarisa The development comes barely a year after government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) deferred rolling out of the Dolutegrevir drug following indications that it posed a great risk to women of child bearing age and adolescent girls which might lead to women…

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Over 8 000 Zimbabweans on PrEP

ZIMBABWE has to date managed to initiate over 8 000 people on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis  (PrEP) since commencement of the project in 2016, a government official said on Thursday.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Currently administered in the form of tablets, PrEP has been studied to be effective in the protection of HIV negative people against the disease. Since adoption of PrEP as a preventive measure against STIs in Zimbabwe in 2016, about 8 482 people have been initiated. Ministry of Health and Childcare National HIV Prevention Coordinator Ms Getrude Ncube told…

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Extending Medical Degree Period Will Isolate Zim

Zimbabwe risks isolating itself from existing mutual recognition and relationships with the global and regional medical community through extending the period of medical studies to seven years.   By Kudakwashe Pembere This comes as universities offering the medical degree and students are grappling to come to terms with this directive from the regulator of universities and colleges, the Zimbabwe Council of Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Heaping two more college years on medical students in essence would see them being offered completion certificates after seven years against the globally accepted five. Resultantly,…

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‘HSB Negotiating In Bad Faith’

ZIMBABWEAN doctors are not pleased with the relaxed approach taken by the Health Services Board and Government in dealing with the obtaining strike, it has emerged. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a statement, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association’s spokesperson Dr Anele Bhebhe acknowledged Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s keenness in solving the situation. “We recognise the effort of the Honourable Minister of Health Dr Obadiah Moyo, in creating a negotiation platform for the grievances to be addressed,” he said. But the association is concerned by the casual manner their case …

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HIV and Religion in Zim…Churches, Sangomas, Mapostori speak out

RELIGION can be defined as a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, and organisation. Even though it is widely agreed that Zimbabwe is a Christian nation, a number of religious practices are observed making Zimbabwe a multi religious country. Pentecostalism, African Traditional Religion (ATR) and cultism known as Chipostori are…

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HIV Prevalence In Children Spikes in Masvingo

SHORTAGE of health care centres in Masvingo province has resulted in most babies being born HIV positive as most mothers miss out on antenatal visits, a National Aids Council official has said.   By Michael Gwarisa in Masvingo The province has a population of 1 386 604 according the 2012 census and an HIV prevalence of 12.8 percent and a total of 9 700 are children living with HIV despite various interventions by government and partners to eradicate the disease. Speaking to Journalist during an Editors Media tour in Masvingo,…

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More Cholera Vaccine Doses Expected on Sunday

Government will on Sunday receive 900 000 doses of vaccines to combat the cholera pandemic bedeviling Harare. By Kudakwashe Pembere So far there are 500 000 doses in Government’s possession to be used in vaccinating people in affected areas. This brings the total number of vaccines to 1, 4 million within a space of one week. The outbreak which to date has claimed 49 lives was declared an emergency disaster last month by Health and Childcare minister Dr Obadiah Moyo. Government today launched the National Oral Cholera Vaccine in Budiriro…

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