US Government Injects US$163 Mln To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

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THE United States Government (USG) through the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2019 contributed an amount to the tune of US$163 million to scale up HIV interventions in Zimbabwe’s communities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo Speaking at the 2019 World Aids Day (WAD) commemorations in Masvingo, the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Mr Thomas Hastings said communities needed to be capacitated to fight the HIV scourge at grassroots level. We have come a long as a partnership between the people of Zimbabwe and the…

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Zim Launches Country Level Partnership To End TB

STOP TB partnership, an initiative meant to scale up Tuberculosis (TB) case finding and treatment in various communities which include high TB burden settings such as mining communities, closed communities amongst others has been launched in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa Officially launching the partnership this morning (24/11/19) on behalf of the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the Stop TB partnership had come at the right time for Zimbabwe as the country was already scaling TB identification and treatment in communities. Today…

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Traditional Midwives Not Allowed In Zim Says Gvt

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) does not encourage traditional midwives to deliver babies nor offer maternal health related services to pregnant women, a top government official has warned. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes in the wake of what has been described as “heroic works” of one Mbare traditional midwife, Mrs Esther Gwena who has since delivered more than 100 babies at her home. However, the babies are being delivered in the absence of critical health sundries such as, disinfectants, safe delivery kits, running water and proper…

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Zim On Track To Fulfilling 1994 ICPD Commitments

ZIMBABWE  will tomorrow be presenting new commitments to the International Conference on Population Development (ICPD) summit in Kenya, Nairobi amidst indications that the country is amongst the few countries which have excelled in advancing Sexual Reproductive Health services to young women and girls in line with international trends. By Michael Gwarisa in Nairobi, Kenya In 1994, more than 179 governments converged in Cairo, Egypt where they committed to advance quality sexual reproductive health services and population development in line with modern day needs. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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Health Ministry Wants ZW$3 Billion in Forthcoming Budget

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has presented its budgetary proposal ahead of the 2020 National Budget presentation by the ministry of finance and economic development later on this year. By Michael Gwarisa Presenting their Budgetary bid during a pre-budget consultative meeting with the Parliamentary portfolio committee on health, ministry of health Director Finance and Administration, Mrs  Heather Machamire said they were looking at getting nothing below ZW$3 billion in the 2020 national budget inorder to resolve challenges bedeviling the health sector. Our ceiling for the year 2020…

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Zim Launches Comprehensive HIV Communication Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have launched the comprehensive national HIV communication strategy for Zimbabwe 2019-2025, which will see HIV programing and interventions being tailor-made in line with the needs of specific HIV high risk groups. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the new HIV comprehensive strategy would aid in reducing the high HIV burden bedeviling the country through cultivating behavior change amongst various populations and high risk groups. The questions that…

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#BREAKING: New Health Services Law To Bar Doctors From Striking

GOVERNMENT has approved the principles of the  the new Health Services Amendment Bill which only allows aggrieved health workers to go on strike for a few  hours, a Cabinet official said on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The legislation with principles approved by Cabinet forbids indefinite job action by health workers. During a post cabinet press briefing, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said they will not tolerate an industrial action which at the end of the day endangers the lives of patients. The Bill will make sure that…

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An HIV Free Generation Is Still Possible For Zimbabwe- Gvt

ZIMBABWE is still committed to realising an HIV free generation through the scaling of HIV prevention services through all populations, a Ministry of Health and Child (MoHCC) official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking recently, Director in the HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Unit, Dr Owen Mgurungi said it was critical to have better options in the management and treatment of HIV in children so as to minimise the risk of developing We want to make sure that we build capacity in this country for management of pediatric HIV and specifically…

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Mash West Health Workers Get Sleeping Sickness Control Training

THE Health and Child Care Ministry is currently training community health workers in Hurungwe and Kariba on how to manage sleeping sickness. By Kuda Pembere Amid indications of misdiagnosis of this condition also known as human African trypanomiasis, with technical support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ministry found it necessary to bridge the knowledge gap. The training workshop which began on Monday ends on Friday. “We want to develop and capacitate human African trypanomiasis health facilities as well as strengthening the diagnosis and treatment of the disease at…

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Doctors Told Not To Hike Fees

GOVERNMENT has warned errant medical specialists not to proceed with the exorbitant pricing of health services. By Kudakwashe Pembere Health and Child Care Secretary Dr Agnes Mahomva in a statement said this was unfair. “The Ministry is greatly concerned with the unilateral increase of tariffs by the Physician Association of Zimbabwe following the announcement of the SI 142 of 2019. This amounts to unfair practice by providers to members in terms of the Medical Services (Medical Aid Societies) (Amendment) Regulations, 2004,” she said. She explained that the Act forbids any…

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