Health CSOs Keen On Tackling UHC Issues

ZIMBABWEAN civil society organisations tackling HIV/AIDS have shown interest in ensuring that the country achieves universal health coverage ahead of the September penciled United Nations High Level Meeting on UHC. By Kudakwashe Pembere in Kadoma A consultation workshop to come up with a Civil Society Organisations’ position on UHC was organized by the UNAIDS and Zimbabwe Aids Network. This commitment comes after an observation that health CSOs have not been as pro-active as they are when advocating for sexual reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. In separate interviews on the sidelines of…

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Zim on Track To Attaining UHC…Minister Tells Geneva Conference

HEALTH and Child Care minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo says in as much as the health sector is going through a rough patch, access to healthcare services for the majority of citizens has improved over the past few years. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing the 72nd Session Of The World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, minister Moyo said inequities and inequalities in access to health services continue to grow within and between countries because of lack of political will and less because of resources. We are also pleased to announce that Zimbabwe…

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Zim Commemorates World Health Day

ZIMBABWE commemorated the World Health Day on Friday 10 May, 2019 whose thrust was on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). By Kudakwashe Pembere The celebrations appropriately themed come at a time when many Zimbabweans are financially burdened to cater for their health needs. Officiating the commemorations, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said Government’s commitment in seeing Zimbabwe attain Universal Health Coverage has been evidenced by ensuring that infants and elderly do not pay for health services at government institutions. He said Government is in the process of opening…

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National Health Insurance panacea to achieving Universal Health Coverage in Zimbabwe

ACCORDING to the World Health Organisation (2013), Universal Health Coverage (UHC) means people receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardships.  Achieving UHC has become a key health policy goal in many countries throughout the world, clearly reflected in the World Health Assembly Resolution 58.33 (2005) and being a key component of the SDG goal 3.8. By Enock Musungwini UHC seeks to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without risking financial hardship from unaffordable out-of-pocket payments (WHO Bulletin, 2013). UHC is firmly based on…

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Zim Launches Health Financing Strategy

ZIMBABWE has launched its first ever Health  Financing Strategy, which when implemented will increase health sector domestic funding as well as improve access to quality health for all citizens. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s health system has been consistently financed by a mixture of domestic funding resources with the major funding coming from Central Government through budget allocation, sub-national government (local authorities), households, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and private companies. Launching the Health financing strategy, Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said implementation of the health financing strategy was banked…

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#BREAKING: Cancer To Be Funded Separately

GOVERNMENT is in the process of setting up stand alone funding for Cancer in a bid to intensify efforts to combat the scourge of caner related Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which have resulted in loss of lives. By Michael Gwarisa According to statistics, at least 7 000 new cases of cancer are recorded every year in Zimbabwe, resulting in 1 500 deaths. Moreover, 60 percent of these cancers are associated with HIV. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of the Universal Health Coverage  (UHC) Celebrations, Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation…

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