Menstrual Health Trust Launched In Zim

A Menstrual Health Specialist Trust (MHS) which is to boost donor and partner support for menstrual health products in Zimbabwe has been officially launched. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch, The Butterfly Cup Company Managing Director, Sarah Fox said girls from marginalised communities were finding it hard to access sanitary wear and at times end up missing school lessons and productive time as they try to manage their periods in isolation. By launching the MHS trust, we hope to be able to engage with you to help vulnerable women…

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Climate Disasters Expose Pregnant Women To Unimaginable Risks

THE world is experiencing a shift in climatic conditions and with this shift a number of natural disasters are occurring, leaving millions exposed to various unhealthy conditions. By Michael Gwarisa Two months ago, Zimbabwe witnessed what has been termed the world natural disaster in Africa South of the Sahara by climate experts following the devastation and loss of lives that was experienced as a result of Tropical Cyclone Idai. Even though government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) ramped up efforts to provide the affected victims with basic necessities ranging from food,…

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Adolescents Birth Rate Rises In Zim…Despite Increase In Contraceptives Coverage

ZIMBABWE has progressed in availing modern contraceptive methods to its population from 42% percent in 1994 to 67% in 2018, while the fertility rate has declined from 4.3% to 4 percent in 2018, the 2019 State of the World Population (SWOP) report has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa Giving the findings of the SWOP 2019 report, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Director, Mr Charles Mujajati said it was government’s mandate to  ensure they are growing the economy faster than they are growing the population  and the only way that can…

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Cyclone Idai Leaves 75 000 HIV Positive Women Vulnerable

A total number of 75 000 HIV positive women  from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawai were affected by the Cyclone Idai which left millions in need of humanitarian assistance. By Michael Gwarisa In a flooding scenario, most people loose valuables ranging from property, medicines, shelter clothing and food items. According to the March 2019 United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)  Sub-Regional Situation Report for Malawi  Mozambique and Zimbabwe,  nearly 3 million people have been affected by flooding, among them more than 600,000 women of reproductive age, 70,000 pregnant women and 75,000 women…

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Parent To Child Communication Bridges SRHR Gap At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE has over the years been battling soaring cases of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV infections in adolescents among a host of other sexual reproductive health related issues. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Zvimba According to the National Adolescent Fertility Study (NAFS) of 2016 conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), adolescent pregnancies remain a major contributor to maternal and child mortality in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, the adolescent fertility…

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“We never said Sexual Consent Age Should Be Reduced To 12”

PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health Chairperson, Dr Ruth Labode says the committee’s plea for government to avail Sexual Reproductive Health and contraceptives to adolescents and young girls was misquoted and misrepresented. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Labode says her committee has always been pushing for government to consider availing sexual reproductive health services such as contraceptives to young girls and boys to avoid unwanted pregnancies and the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). “We were actually at an induction workshop in Kadoma, we have been pushing…

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Mutare Prov Hospital Struggles With Critical Maternal Referral Cases

MUTARE provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Emmanuel Sedze says most district hospitals are referring maternal cases that would be in bad shape, resulting in increased maternal deaths being recorded from their institution.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare The development comes amidst indications that some hospitals in the province recorded zero maternal deaths while some only have a few mortality cases while the provincial hospitals which handles the bulk of referral cases from district hospitals  is left to bear the brunt of deaths owing to the advanced stage…

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Gender Violence Survivors Find Hope In Safe Shelter

THE road leading to Hauna, a fruits and horticulture farming community in Honde Valley in the Eastern Highlands, is one long, winding and treacherous one.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Hauna Honde Valley Through the mountainous and rugged terrain, the dark tarred road wriggles its way through the countryside from Nyanga, passing through some sloppy curves and escarpments. Owing to the high altitude, the sense of hearing somehow fades midway through the mountains while the light rain showers randomly spit from all directions. In the Banana, Sugarcane and fruit…

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Raped At 15, Impregnated, Fails To Abort

NINE months ago, what started as an ordinary school day ended tragically for one Primary school pupil Theresa Maropa (Not real name) from Tanda in Nyanga, after she was brutally raped and violated by a daring, unrelenting fellow villager.   By Michael Gwarisa in Nyanga The man whose identity is yet to be ascertained is married and has his family but indications are that he has since gone into hiding in some unknown location. By merely glancing at the young girl whose innocence was forcibly taken away from her, one…

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UNFPA Calls For Male Participation In Family Planning Choices

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has implored men to be actively involved in the family planning choices and decisions so as to increase uptake of contraceptives as well as reduce gender based violence at household level.   By Michael Gwarisa Launching the State of the World Population Report, UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Esther Muia said family planning was not forced on anyone but a choice one makes freely for the good of their health and economic wellbeing. “The State of the World Population Report (SWOP) is a flagship report…

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