Zim ICPD Task-force Keeps Watchful Eye On Commitments Implementation

THE Zimbabwe National Taskforce (NTF) for monitoring commitments the country made at the 25th International Conference on Population Development (ICPD), has hit the ground running in ensuring the pledges Zimbabwe made at the Nairobi summit in 2019 are fulfilled. By Michael Gwarisa The taskforce was set up in November 2020 and it comprises of government ministries and departments, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Academia, United Nations Agencies operating in Zimbabwe and other organizations and stakeholders. The Ministries of Finance and that of health and Child Care are co-chairs to the taskforce.…

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US Government Announces More Than US$30 Million Support To UNFPA Work

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem has welcomed renewed support from the United States Government in first meeting with U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. HealthTimes Reporter The meeting meeting between Dr Kanem and Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield has marked the first time the two leaders have met and came in the wake of the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to restore support to UNFPA, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency. At the meeting, the United States announced $30.8 million in ‘core’ support to UNFPA’s work and an additional…

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Media A key Stakeholder In Disseminating Spotlight Initiative Interventions

THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says it is committed to working with all stakeholders including the media industry in disseminating and communicating interventions under the Spotlight Initiative. By Michael Gwarisa The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. It was launched in September 2017 by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General and the European Union (EU) High Representative and Vice President (HRVP). Speaking on behalf of the UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Esther Muia during a media training on Spotlight Media Guidelines…

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Shorten Referral Pathways For SGBV Survivors Says Musasa

REPORTING Rape or Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) from a spectator’s eye appears like a walk in the park. However, for survivors, it can be one lengthy and winding process. By Michael Gwarisa For survivors of SGBV failure to report within 72 hours has its own negative health implications such as Early Unintended Pregnancies, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or HIV infection. However, many factors could contribute to delays in accessing emergency services for survivors. Religion, culture and society all have a bearing on the outcome of an SGBV case.…

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Isolated And Frowned Upon: The Plight Of Zim Women With Obstetric Fistula

 UNFPA Says there is need for post-surgery psycho-social support for survivors MEMORY (50) (real name protected) from Bikita, Masvingo experienced Obstetric Fistula for the first time on October, 27, 1995 when she had her second child. At first, she didn’t even know what was happening to her, she thought it was just a minor tearing which would heal after a few days. Obstetric fistula is described as the “most devastating birth injury” by the World Health Organization (WHO), that results in continuous and uncontrollable leaking of urine or faeces, resulting…

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Japan Commits US1,3 Million To Help Zim’s Pregnant Women

Young Preganant Women

THE Japanese government  and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency have pledged to help pregnant women in Zimbabwe through a signed US$ 1,3 million partnership grant. By Patricia Mashiri Through the project “Strengthening Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care in COVID-19 Hotspots in Zimbabwe”, Japan will provide support to improve the provision of maternal health care services within the context of COVID-19, specifically strengthening the referral system and ensuring the continuity of assisted delivery care in Harare and Bulawayo. Mr Satoshi Tanaka,…

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Nearly Half Of All Women Are Denied Their Bodily Autonomy, Says new UNFPA report

NEARLY half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to decide whether to have sex with their partners, use contraception or seek health care, according to UNFPA’s 2021 flagship State of World Population report, released today. By Staff Reporter According to the UNFPA report, the lack of bodily autonomy has massive implications beyond the profound harms to individual women and girls: potentially depressing economic productivity, undercutting skills, and resulting in extra costs to health care and judicial systems. Through the groundbreaking report, UNFPA is measuring both women’s…

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Government of China invests $1,24 million for the health of women and girls in Cyclone Idai affected districts of Zimbabwe

THE Government of China and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has donated  reproductive health medical equipment and medicines as part of the US$1,24 million support to the Government of Zimbabwe‘s Health Assistance Project for Women and Girls in Zimbabwe Affected by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani and Chipinge districts. The objective of the health assistance project is to enable the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to strengthen emergency obstetric and neonatal care in the cyclone affected areas in Zimbabwe. This is in turn expected to contribute to the…

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We Are Happy With Sinopharm Vaccine Uptake Says Chinese Ambassador To Zim…Maintains Vaccine Is Safe, Even Pregnant Women Can Take It

THE Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Guo Shaochun says the uptake of the Sinopharm Vaccine in Zimbabwe was impressive and with more support, Zimbabwe could defeat the coronavirus menace early. By Michael Gwarisa His response comes hot on the heels of recent reports that the vaccine was getting low uptake even amongst front-line health workers who were initially targeted during the first phase of the vaccination program. To date, more than 35,000 Zimbabweans have been vaccinated  from the 200,000 doses Zimbabwe received from China in February. Responding to questions during…

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A Thigh For For A Bucket: Sexual Abuse Reigns Supreme At Boreholes and Waterpoints In Zimbabwe

THE absence of adequate water and sanitation facilities provides a fertile breeding ground for Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). In both rural and urban settings in Zimbabwe, girls and women travel long distances to fetch water and, in some instances where ablution facilities are not available, they relieve themselves in the bush, further making girls and young women targets of abuse. By Michael Gwarisa According to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of 2019, a sizable number of households in Zimbabwe still lack sufficient Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities…

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