Zimbabwe International Women’s Day Commemorations Puts A spotlight On Investing In Women

By Michael Gwarisa in Shurugwi Women and girls in Zimbabwe bear the biggest brunt of climate change, and economic challenges amongst other vices, hence the need for increased investment in women across all economic spheres. The call was made by various stakeholders who attended the International Women’s Day Commemorations 2024 Commemorations at Chitora Primary School in Shurugwi. This also comes amid an Elnino-induced climate crisis whereby various districts across the country are facing a serious drought. Officiating at the International Women’s Day celebrations, Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and…

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SADC Youth Helpline 393 Launched In Zimbabwe

IN a bid to bridge existing HIV information gaps and access to care for adolescents and young people, Youth Advocates Zimbabwe (YAZ), working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the National AIDS Council (NAC) have launched the SADC Youth Helpline to facilitate dialogue and openness between healthcare service providers and young people. By Michael Gwarisa The 393 Youth Helpline national contact center will be piloted in three districts in the SADC region namely, Francistown in Botswana, Zomba in Malawi and Zvishavane in Zimbabwe. The project also…

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It’s All Systems Go for ESA Ministerial Commitments Reaffirmation Meeting at ICASA 2021

HEALTH ministers from across East and Southern African (ESA) countries will converge in Durban, South Africa to reaffirm their commitment to advancing Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) and youth friendly services in line with the 2030 development agenda and address unfinished business. By Michael Gwarisa In 2030, 20 ESA countries affirmed the ESA Ministerial commitments and in 2021, the affirmation meeting will take place during the 2021 International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in Africa (ICASA) conference in Durban South Africa which is running from 6 to 10…

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SADC and UNESCO sign agreement to ensure learning never stops

THE Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have signed a Joint Statement and Action Plan on ensuring continuity of learning in the context of COVID-19. HealthTimes Reporter In a Joint Statement, signed by the Executive Secretary of SADC, Her Excellence Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax and the Regional Director and Representative for the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa Prof. Hubert Gijzen, the two Organisations are rallying development partners, international organizations, civil society organisations and private sector in a Broad Coalition…

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ZLHR Makes Progress Towards Decriminalizing HIV Infection

THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) say they have made strides in engaging key stakeholders  around the subject of repealing  Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act in a bid to ensure a free and non discriminatory environment for people living with with HIV. The law criminalizes  willful HIV transmission but according to legal experts, it is too general and thus can not be used as an HIV or health law.  By Michael Gwarisa Tinashe Mundawarara, programme manager for the HIV, Human Rights and Law Project at ZLHR,  recently told …

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Local and Regional Delegates To Grace AHFoZ Stakeholders Conference

By Michael Gwarisa  PREPARATIONS to the Association of Health Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) 8th Annual Stakeholders Conference are at an advanced stage amid indications that more than 200 delegates will be in attendance from both the local and international scene. The conference will be held in the resort town of Victoria Falls from 6 to 9 September 2017 and will be running under the theme “The Health Ecosystem & The Quality of Life.” In an interview with HealthTimes , AHFoZ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Shylet Sanyanga said all was in…

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