UK Support To Zim Keeps Essential Health Services Afloat During COVID-19

AN ongoing United Kingdom Government (UK) five-year US$168.8 million health programme in Zimbabwe has seen the health sector offering uninterrupted essential health services despite the COVID-19 crisis. By Michael Gwarisa The UK as a major donor in the health sector also provided US$50 million in 2020 to Zimbabwe through the Health Development Fund (HDF), Global Vaccines Alliance (GAVI) and The Global Fund. Speaking to HealthTimes, the UK’s Development Director for Zimbabwe, Cate Turton said the support from the UK government was also aimed at equipping primary healthcare workers where majority…

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#JUSTIN: Zim Gvt Speaks On New School Calendar

PERMANENT Secretary in the ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting services, Mr Nick Mangwana has advised that government is working on modalities to finalise a new school calendar for 2020 which has already been affected by the COVID-19 induced national Lockdown. By Michael Gwarisa Responding to questions during a webinar media training which was organised by UNDP, Higherlife Foundation, in partnership with the ministry of information, publicity and broadcasting services, Mr Mnagwana said the pandemic had affected schools in a big way. We still need to bring people to classes…

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ZAN Spells Out Community Centered Vision For 2020

THE country has made significant strides in its HIV/AIDS response with government working hand in glove with civil society organisations working within and with communities. The tagline for the 2020 HIV response worldwide is ‘Communities Make The Difference’ as nations aim to reach the 90-90-90 targets of having 90 percent tested, 90 percent of those tested getting on treatment and the 90 percent on treatment having a suppressed viral load. Derailing efforts made in reducing the HIV/AIDS burden in Zimbabwe are psychological issues such as stigma, denial and defaulting as…

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Bad Roads Induced Maternal Deaths Fears Rise Ahead of Rainy Season

EVEN though Memory Chimpinyi (26) from Skyline in Chimanimani gave birth to her baby a month before the Tropical Cyclone Idai disaster struck, the after effects of the storm are currently having a direct negative impact on her post-natal hospital visits. By Michael Gwarisa in Chimanimani Every month she visits Chimanimani Rural District Hospital which is located eight kilometers away from her home through a meandering road and rugged terrain. The dilapidated road and bridges which were washed away by the ferocious monsoon brings some inconceivable anxiety and trauma to…

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UNDP Affords Solar Power To 405 Health Centres In Zim

A total of 405 health facilities have been equipped with Solar systems to strengthen national systems for healthcare through a project dubbed UNDP’s Solar for Health initiative. HealthTimes Correspondant Under the program, UNDP is supporting the Zimbabwean governments to install solar systems in health centres and clinics in rural areas to reach underserved communities with the aim of ensuring healthcare for all. Solar energy is also contributing to more resilient health systems. In Zimbabwe, in partnership with the government and the Global Fund, UNDP has equipped 405 health facilities with…

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#BREAKING: Global Fund Avails $500 million Funding To Zimbabwe’s Health Sector

THE Global Fund has availed an additional $502 million towards Zimbabwe’s healthcare which will go towards supporting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. By Michael Gwarisa The grants will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UNDP in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC). Officiating at the Grant launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenhyatwa said the $500 million grant will be able to sustain the gains made so far in fighting…

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