Zimbabwe Underground Water Could Run Dry In Our Lifetime

UNREGULATED pumping and extraction of ground water for both domestic and industrial purposes is putting a strain of Zimbabwe’s underground water, with indications that the resource could deplete in the foreseeable future, water experts have warned. By Michael Gwarisa The warning comes in the wake of increased extraction of underground water due to unplanned urbanization which has resulted in the sprouting of new settlements where land developers and city authorities are settling people in areas where there are no basic amenities such as piped running water. Renowned Hydrologist with the…

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Angela Makamure Lands Top Post In MSF

RENOWNED communication specialist and Journalist, Angela Makamure has landed a more senior role to become the new Regional Communications Manager for MSF in Southern Africa Region. By Staff Reporter Before her elevation, Angela served as the Media Liaison and Southern Africa Links Co-ordinator within MSF. After serving you for many years as Media Liaison and Southern Africa Links Coordinator for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Southern Africa, that time has come to move to the next chapter. I am not leaving MSF, but just shifting to a new position of Regional…

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How Stoneridge, An Informal Settlement Uses Innovative Earthworm Technology To Manage Waste

IN 2019, the City of Harare hinted on plans to regularise Stoneridge, which is an illegal settlement 15 kilometers South East of the centre of Harare and houses not less than 39 000 households. However, while plans are still underway to formalise settlement and evidence of modern housing and road infrastructure already showing in some parts of Stoneridge where property developers have bought, there still remains a sizable number of people who are still informally settled. By Michael Gwarisa Majority of these people lack basic amenities owing to their settlement…

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Turning a Dump-Site into a fountain Of Hope: How MSF’s Sanitary Seals Are Purifying Underground Water in Harare’s Cholera Hotspots

Mrs Netsai Manthenga (46), a resident of Mbare National, recalls how they used to wake up as early as 4:00 in the morning to queue for water at Stoddard Hall in Mbare only to return home around mid-day. Elderly residents who failed to cope with the shoving and pushing at the water points would at times get their water from a nearby stream where raw sewage and dirty water that is usually drained from the Swimming pool nearby flows. By Michael Gwarisa It wasn’t easy,” she says, “Imagine spending eight…

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MSF Holds Regional Scientific Day in Zimbabwe

THE Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hosted a half-day regional scientific day in Harare, Zimbabwe where various scientific innovations and researches from MSF’s field programs around the world were presented. By Michael Gwarisa The event was a hybrid setup where delegates attended both virtually and physically in Harare. Giving his Keynote address, Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Group Captain, Dr. Munyaradzi Dobbie, Chief Director Public Health applauded MSF’s interventions in Zimbabwe’s healthcare sector. As government, we are appreciative of MSF’s continued support to Zimbabwe and…

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MSF launches a new mental health intervention at Tongogara Refugee Camp

Chipinge, 20 June 2022: Today on World Refugee Day, the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) launches a new mental health intervention at Tongogara Refugee Camp (TRC) in Chipinge, Zimbabwe, a place that has become home to nearly 15,000 refugees. Many refugees living in TRC fled war, conflict and unrest across the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa. A majority of them come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique Ethiopia, and Eritrea. By Staff Reporter Most of the refugees have…

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SOUTH AFRICA: As time runs out to break ‘TRIPS Waiver’ stalemate, protesters at US & EU embassies in South Africa warn “The whole world is watching you.”

AS governments prepare to discuss the ‘TRIPS Waiver’ at the World Trade Organization (WTO) this week, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), along with treatment activists and civil society organisations, protested today outside the embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands and the US in Tshwane, the executive capital of South Africa, calling on these governments to break the impasse and fast-track the negotiations on the TRIPS Waiver so it is adopted at the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference at the end of November. The groups also urged the US to play a more proactive…

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WHO Recommends Newest COVID-19 Treatment…As MSF Calls For Equal Access To The Medications

THE World Health Organization (WHO) recommended the two-drug treatment cocktail, casirivimab/imdevimab, for people with COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter The development comes in the midst of calls by the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on the US pharmaceutical corporation Regeneron, the manufacturer and patent holder of these drugs, to take immediate actions to ensure the medications are affordable and accessible for everyone who needs them and forego any monopoly on these new treatments. Given the massive need for COVID-19 medicines around the world, Regeneron should make casirivimab and imdevimab available at a reasonable…

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MSF Turns Heat On Global Leaders To Ensure Equitable Vaccines Distribution

THE Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is capitalising on the ongoing United Nations (UN) General Assembly to pressure leading global leaders and vaccines manufacturers to remove restrictions on vaccines access for low and middle income countries. By Michael Gwarisa Dr. Maria Guevara, the MSF International Medical Secretary who is attending the UN general assembly  highlighted the urgent need for concrete  actions that should be taken to turn a corner on the COVID-19 pandemic. The global response to the pandemic has failed to deliver equal and equitable access to date, with the…

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MSF Donates Over USD 150,000 Worth Of TB Medication To NATPHARM

INTERNATIONAL medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today handed over a consignment of TB medication to Zimbabwe’s National Pharmaceutical Company (NATPHARM). Health Reporter This is part of MSF’s contribution to ending TB in Zimbabwe. We are happy that Zimbabwe continues to make huge strides in containing and raising awareness on TB, and we congratulate the country for its removal from the list of countries with a high TB burden,” says MSF Country Representative, Dr. Reinaldo Ortuno.    The TB drugs donated today include first-line treatment for Drug sensitive TB and…

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