Let’s talk about our reality: Are we failing our young people?

THE recent picture of a first year University of Zimbabwe student lying lifeless in a pool of blood, after trying to abort a pregnancy using a coat hanger brings a chill to one’s spine. If she made it to University, surely she should be knowledgeable about pregnancy and how to prevent it? Surely, she should understand enough of her anatomy to know that a coat hanger is unlikely to dislodge a foetus, that what she is doing is damaging to her internal organs. By Patricia Machawira The reality is that…

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Zim Gvt, UN Commit To Ending Early Unintended Pregnancies

THE health ambassador, First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa together with the ministries of health and education and the United Nations family in Zimbabwe have committed to ending Early and Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs). By Michael Gwarisa Launching  the Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUP) campaign running under the name LetsTalk Campaign, Amai Mngangagwa said Zimbabwe had progressed in crafting new policies that would address the challenges facing young girls who fall pregnant in school. Being pregnant at school at times means facing social sanctions and difficult choices that have lifelong consequences. Is could…

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UNESCO In Regional Drive To Curb Early Unintended Pregnancies

Mr Masimba Nyamucheta UNESCO

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has embarked on a campaign to reduce cases of Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) in Zimbabwe and other sub-Saharan countries, a move that is set to empower adolescent girls and young people to make informed decisions about their Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH). By Michael Gwarisa in Mazowe Through a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) and Save The Children, UNESCO has already kick-started various media engagements initiatives at a regional…

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Unesco Study Reveals Gaps in Condom Uptake and HIV testing In Zim Universities

A recent study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has revealed that there is still low uptake of condoms and HIV testing services among University Students in Zimbabwe despite the students being highly informed about the risks of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). By Michael Gwarisa The study dubbed the UNESCO HEARD report was produced under the leadership of the UNESCO HIV and Health Education Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr Patricia Machawira and Mr Remmy Shawa. The report indicates that even though there…

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