Zim Needs Homegrown TB Research-MoHCC

ZIMBABWE should stop relying on foreign research and methods around Tuberculosis if it is develop capacity to deal with emerging new threats. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual TB opening day, Dr Charles Sandy, the National TB Programme Manager in the Ministry of Health and Child said they were gaps in research and technologies that needed only to be addressed using homegrown solutions. It is very important for us to have a very strong background in our policy making research which s informed by local data, local analysis as…

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Health Ministry Receives Essential NCDs Management Equipment From WHO

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has received a consignment of essential Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) medications and sundries from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in move set to intensify the fight against the increasing NCDs burden in the country. By Michael Gwarisa The donation of essential NCDs equipment also comes at a time the ministry of health and WHO are working on a new WHO NCD Risk Factor Survey. The last survey was done in 2005 which showed that the prevalence of hypertension in Zimbabwe was around 27%,…

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Zimbabwe Hit By Shortage Of Drug Sensitive TB Tablets

ZIMBABWE is currently experiencing a shortage in Rifabutin 150 mg tablets used in the treatment of drug sensitive Tuberculosis (DS-TB) among TB/HIV co-infected patients on second line treatment antiretroviral therapy (ART). By Michael Gwarisa In a communique written to all provincial hospitals, Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), Dr Jasper Chimedza said based on the current stock levels, the country would be stocked out by end of November 2020. The country is currently faced with shortages of Rifubutin 150mg tablets. The shortages are associated with…

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TREATS tuberculosis (TB) study launches COVID-19 study using existing mobile TB testing facilities in Zambia

A major TB study currently underway and aimed at investigating methods to reduce TB prevalence and infection in Zambia and South Africa will soon begin testing for COVID-19 using existing mobile TB testing facilities in the Bwacha – Ngungu community of Kabwe in Zambia. HealthTimes Reporter The 18-month study will be nested within the ongoing TREATS study to measure the prevalence and spread of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) in Zambia working with one urban community with a target population of 28,000. The country has recorded 11,345 confirmed cases with 282 COVID-19 deaths (classified…

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51st Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held virtually 20-24 October 2020

IN light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) has announced today that the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health (Union World Conference) will be virtual. HealthTimes Reporter Originally planned to be held in Seville in Spain, the event will continue to host a programme featuring cutting edge science around tuberculosis (TB), air pollution and tobacco control, but also deliver a track and special sessions dedicated to COVID-19 and its intersection with lung health and infectious diseases. Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of NIAID and…

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COVID-19 To Cause 1.4 Million TB Deaths

KNCV Tuberculosis (TB) Foundation (KNCV) has  warned of a spike TB deaths over the next five years due to failure to diagnose and treat new cases during the prevailing lockdwons being observed at a global level. By Michael Gwarisa Agnes Gebhard, technical director of KNCV said an estimated 20 percent more TB patients are expected to die between now and 2025 especially in low and middle income countries. Millions of TB patients worldwide are fighting for their lives and now have to cope with COVID-19 as well. Extra support for these…

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Private Sector Invited To Help End TB In Zimbabwe

THE Stop TB Partnership in Zimbabwe has called on private sector and corporate players to join hands with government and other partners in combating Tuberculosis (TB) as the country works towards eliminating the disease by 2035. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the Stop TB Partnership Breakfast meeting, Dr Joseph Mafurira from the department of AIDS and TB in the Ministry of health and child care said Zimbabwe’s goal of eliminating TB could only be achieved through collective effort from government and private sector. Our national TB control program vision is…

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Shortened DR TB Treatment Offers Ray Of Hope For TB Patients

A Study by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) shows long-term effectiveness for shortened DR-TB treatment regimen up to 24 months after treatment completion Results from a Union-led observational study (1) published in The Lancet’s EClinicalMedicine, show that a nine-month shortened treatment regimen for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) delivered to patients under programmatic conditions maintains a good level of effectiveness up to 24 months after completion. Until now there has been limited data on the long-term effectiveness of this treatment regimen after completion. The study reports on…

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Ex WENELA Miner Recounts Horrific Health Conditions

Talks TB exposure Squalid living arrangements Inhuman treatment & racism IN the mid-70s, at the height of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle, South Africa opened up job opportunities in its mining fields with the aim of luring the young and youthful men mainly from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and others to work in the mines. By Michael Gwarisa Some say the call by South Africa to have young men work in their mine fields was a botched effort meant to distract young people from joining the liberation struggles in their respective…

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Global tuberculosis epidemic cannot be ended unless it is eliminated in India

THE 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place in Hyderabad, India, has opened with a call to end the emergency of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, now responsible for killing some 1.5 million people each year. “Ending the TB emergency starts right here in India,” said José Luis Castro, Executive Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), convenor of the Union World Conference, which is being held for the first time in India in half a century. The Indian government led by Prime…

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