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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WORRYING NEWS: Only Half Of People Requiring Insulin Have Access To It 100 Years After Its Discovery

THE international medical humanitarian organisation, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomed the launch of the ‘Global Diabetes Compact’ by the World Health Organization (WHO) today and stressed the need to speed up the availability of more quality-assured sources of human insulin so that everyone in need can access this lifesaving medicine, especially people in low- and middle-income countries where the most people struggle to access insulin. Access to insulin is also critical in the context of COVID-19, considering that people with diabetes have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease. Insulin…

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Zimbabwe’s Health care system exhausted by most recent COVID-19 wave

FOLLOWING a recent spike in COVID-19-related cases and deaths, Zimbabwe’s already struggling health system is buckling under the pressure. In several facilities, health workers are operating without adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medication, equipment and oxygen and, with an existing and ongoing shortage of nurses and doctors, most health centres are unable to operate at full capacity, putting added pressure on those who are able to work. By Staff Reporter With the anticipated continuation of surges in COVID-19 cases, appropriate preventative and preparative measures must be put in place in…

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Why so many people still die from Aids-related illnesses despite more people being on treatment

Twenty years ago antiretroviral medicines for HIV were a rare luxury in South Africa. Exorbitant costs and president Thabo Mbeki’s government fierce government opposition against providing antiretroviral treatment (ART) kept it out of the public sector. Those were terrible days. Many lives were lost. By Dr Gilles Van Cutsem Today, one of the main challenges in the fight against Aids is the lack of availability of diagnostics and drugs that can help save lives of people suffering from advanced HIV; who are very vulnerable to deadly opportunistic infections such as…

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Patents Could Impact Negatively on Zim’s Access to COVID-19 Treatment

DOZENS of coronavirus vaccines are currently under development as the world races towards getting a vaccine that could rescue the world from the prevailing misery. To date, more than 150 coronavirus vaccines are in development across the world—and hopes are high to bring one to market in record time to ease the global crisis. By Michael Gwarisa The World Health Organization is also coordinating global efforts to develop a vaccine, with an eye toward delivering two billion doses by the end of 2021. However, in the midst of all these…

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COVID-19: Women and girls face greater dangers during COVID-19 pandemic

Community Health Worker Lydia Ganda conducting community awareness activities in Boitekong township in Rustenburg. Photographer: Siyathuthuka Media

THE COVID-19 pandemic is having potentially catastrophic secondary impacts on the health of women and girls around the world. Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality. Women and girls are often denied care outright or face dangerous delays getting the services they need. The impacts of misguided policies and barriers to care are especially severe in places with weak or overburdened health systems—including many…

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DRC Battling Deadliest Measles Outbreak

THE Democratic Republic Of Congo (DRC) is fighting what could described as the deadliest measles outbreak, the worst since the 2011/2012 outbreak. By Michael Gwarisa The outbreak comes in the midst of an equally deadly health crisis in the form of Ebola which has claimed hundreds of lives since last year. Karel Janssens, Head of Mission of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the DRC said there was need to scale up assistance efforts in affected regions. While a rapid and adapted response is critical to limiting the impact of measles…

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770K People Died of AIDS Globally in 2018

A total of 770 000 people died of AIDS in 2019 according to latest statistics released in the UNAIDS Global Aids Update today in Eshowe South Africa. By Michael Gwairsa Responding to the statistics, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders said  the annual number of deaths due to AIDS has declined only minimally since 2014 and such a catastrophe could be avoided through timely use of effective diagnostic tools and medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and  prevent most deaths. While an additional 2 million people are reported on antiretroviral therapy (ART), more…

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How Early Cervical Cancer Diagnosis Saved Gutu Woman’s Life

HiCERVICAL cancer has become one of the leading causes of death in women in the 21st century. According to Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) statistics, cervical cancer kills not less than 2000 women annually in Zimbabwe. HealthTimes Repoter Unlike other diseases which attack the elderly and the advanced in age, new trends show that cervical cancer is fast becoming a huge burden among young girls owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being early sexual debut, inserting foreign objects in the privates among a host of…

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MSF Pilots New ART Dispensing Model In Mwenezi

MEDECINS Sans Frontiers in Zimbabwe (MSF), has launched a new system of administering Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) drugs in Mwenezi, Masvingo in a bid to increase ART adherence, amidst indications that many ART clients were now defaulting on their medications due to the long distance and inaccessibility of health facilities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sovelela, Mwenezi The new ART administering method dubbed Out of Facility Community ART Distribution (OFCAD),  is an outreach strategy whereby patients no longer need to visit a health care facility to access ART but rather the…

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