Integrated Specimen Transportation System Modernises Zimbabwe’s Disease Diagnostics and Monitoring Systems

By Michael Gwarisa in Bulawayo Zimbabwe has scaled-up disease diagnosis, treatment as well as improve success monitoring management of patients at the back of an Integrated Specimen Transportation (IST) system, the HealthTimes has learnt. Funded by the Global Fund, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the IST program is being implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), through the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI). The IST program was rolled out in 2021, and is now in 63 districts and 2000 health facilities, where it aims…

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Zimbabwe Validates Multi-Sectoral Accountability Framework for TB Findings

By Michael Gwarisa In a bid to accelerate progress to end Tuberculosis (TB) by the year 2030, Zimbabwe has developed and endorsed its Multi-Sectorial Accountability Framework for Tuberculosis (MAF-TB) framework for TB baseline assessment findings. Launched in January 2023 in Zimbabwe, the MAF-TB aims to support the effective accountability of government and all stakeholders in the country, to accelerate progress to end the tuberculosis epidemic; and to be aligned fully with the End TB Strategy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Development of MAF-TB in Zimbabwe was done by…

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Taking Pregnancy Testing To Women’s Doorstep: How Village Health Workers Are Bridging the Maternal Health Divide In Rural Mutare

By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe is currently on a positive trajectory regarding maternal health amidst indications of a decline in maternal mortality at the back of numerous interventions by the government and several partners. Data from the Zimbabwe Statistics Agency (Zimstat) Vital Statistics report of 2023 shows that infant and maternal mortality rates have declined by 20 and 36 percent respectively. The 2022 Population and Housing Census data shows that maternal mortality in Zimbabwe reduced from 960 per 100,000 live births in 2010, to 363 in 2022. Despite the milestones recorded,…

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CATALYST Study To Inform National Scale-Up Of PrEP Products in Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa Following the approval for the use of three Pre-Exposure Prophylaxes (PrEP) products for HIV prevention by the Zimbabwean government,  the country is conducting a three-year study to evaluate and inform the national HIV response’s rollout of PrEP products. The study named CATALYST, which stands for Catalyzing Access to New Prevention Product to Stop HIV is a multi-country study that will characterise and assess the implementation of an enhanced service delivery package providing informed choice of PrEP products among women at the sites where the study is being…

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Rising HIV treatment failure in Zimbabwe: A stitch in time could save nine

“Veld fires start from glowing ash: The numbers dismissed today as small,  can offset the gains made in the national HIV response in the near future.” By Catherine Murombedzi (Internews Health Journalism Network, Mercury Phoenix Trust HIV/AIDS 2023 Fellowship) ZIMBABWE should set aside domestic financial resources to deal with the rising number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) resistant to the treatment of first resort, commonly known as the first line treatment. Donors do not fund second and third line treatment drugs, making this a key health priority for the…

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Zimbabwe Pilots Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Prompt Bilharzia Testing and Case Identification At Point of Care

Professor Qin Zhiqing, an Associate Professor at the China National Institute of Parasitic Diseases (NIPR) has been in Zimbabwe for the past two months and together with a team from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a department in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), they have been conducting a Schistosomiasis pilot study in Shamva District. By Michael Gwarisa As part of their study, they are also assessing the use of Rapid Diagnostic Testing (RDT) to detect and identify Schistosomiasis Cases in communities. At a laboratory site…

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A Fruitful Marriage: Urban Voucher System Reduces Maternal Deaths in Harare’s Central Hospitals/Council Clinics

Like many women in high-density and peri-urban communities, Method Pagiwa (26), from Kuwadzana Phase in Harare, registered her pregnancy with the Antenatal Clinic at Rujeko Polyclinic in Dzivarasekwa, when she was seven months into her pregnancy. This, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards is not recommended as they prescribe that women in developing countries such as Zimbabwe, should seek ANC within four months (17 Weeks) of pregnancy. By Michael Gwarisa On July 7, 2023, Method started experiencing labor pains and her waters broke while she was on her…

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Health Ministry receives cholera medication and consumables from WHO

The Ministry of Health and Child Care Friday received from the World Health Organization (WHO) a consignment of cholera medical equipment, medication, and some sundries for use in the fight against the epidemic which has to date seen over 300 cases recorded in Zimbabwe. By Kuda Pembere Also donated was a motor vehicle for use in the battle against mental health disorders in the country. The handover ceremony was held at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm)’s mega-warehouse. The Health and Child Care Ministry Permanent Secretary Air Commodore Jasper Chimedza lauded…

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Zim activates Marburg Virus Disease preparedness and response teams

As the Marburg Virus Disease spreads across Africa, the Zimbabwean government is strengthening its surveillence systems to track possible movement of the disease at its points of entry. By Staff Reporter In a statement, Health and Child Care Ministry permanent secretary Dr Jasper Chimedza said they have activated preparedness and response teams to be on the watch. “In view of this regional outbreak, the MoHCC has taken steps to strengthen surveillance particularly at the points of entry and activated preparedness and response teams. “If anyone presents with haemorrhagic symptoms and…

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One Confirmed And Four Suspected Cholera Deaths Recorded In Zimbabwe

A cholera confirmed death from Bikita District in Masvingo Province and three  suspected Mozambican nationals in Mbire District in Mash Central Province were recorded in Zimbabwe over the past 24 hours. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Daily Cholera Situation Report, Results for suspected deaths pending. 15 new suspected cholera cases and 4 laboratory confirmed cases were reported today. These were reported from Mbire (10), and Chimanimani (3) and BeitBridge (2). As of 20 March 2023, 7 cases are hospitalized. These are admitted…

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