Zimbabwe receives nearly one million COVID-19 vaccine doses from COVAX

Zimbabwe has received  943,200 COVID-19 vaccine doses from the global COVAX Facility to complement ongoing national vaccine deployment. Health Reporter The vaccines have been received in tranches where the first batch arrived on 29th September and the second batch today, 01 October 2021. In a handover ceremony held this afternoon, Dr John Mangwiro, Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care said, “We are grateful to all partners for their support in facilitating the arrival of the vaccines in our country.” The COVAX Facility is a global partnership comprised of the…

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Calls To Fast track Adoption Of The Marriage Bill Get Louder

THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on women affairs together with women and girls rights advocates and organizations have called for the speedy adoption of the marriages bill which classifies child marriage as a serious criminal offense so as to end child marriages. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual National Symposium on Child Marriages that was organized by Musasa Project, Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Chairperson, Honorable Chido Madiwa said the high prevalence of child marriages in Zimbabwe was inconsistent with the country’s goals and development…

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UNICEF signs supply agreement for Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine

IN an effort to improve access to quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines, enabling the protection of frontline health care and social workers, as well as other high-risk and vulnerable groups the United Nations International Childrens Emmergency Fund(UNICEF) has supply agreement of the supply of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. By Staff Reporter  In a press release UNICEF said UNICEF and Sinopharm have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of the BBIBP-CorV inactivated virus vaccine against COVID-19 on behalf of the COVAX Facility. Through the agreement, UNICEF will have access to up to 120 million…

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Vice President launches Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine to benefit over 6million children

THE Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care has launched a Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine into routine childhood immunisation in Zimbabwe, as part of a broader strategy to eliminate epidemic prone diseases. By Patricia Mashiri The vaccination campaign which is set to start on 24 May up to 4 June 2021 will provide catch up Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine vaccination for over 6 million children aged 9 months to below 15 years in line with recommendations from global and local immunisation experts. Thereafter all children in Zimbabwe will begin to…

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Government Commends UNICEF’s Support To Zim Health & Education Sectors

THE United International Children’s Fund( UNICEF) has been commended by Zimbabwe’s government for the unconditional  support it continues to render to the country’s health and education sectors. By Patricia Mashiri  Constantino Chiwenga, the Vice President and  Minister of Health and Child Care said UNICEF has been playing a crucial role and showing steadfast love towards the nation’s health and education sectors since Independence. UNICEF has been with us since our Independence assisting us in the area of the children primarily funding is and assisting us in establishing our village health…

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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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Long Distance Exposes Bikita School Girls To Sugar Daddies And Unintended Pregnancies

HAZEL Tarungamiswa (17), a form 3 student at Rupare High School in Bikita walks 18 Kilometers to and from her village every day to attend school. By Michael Gwarisa in Bikita Every morning, she has to clean the plates and sweep the yard amongst other household chores before leaving for school. This has however resulted in her arriving late at school some days. To avoid getting late at school and getting caned for doings so, most girls end up catching free rides from strangers, in the process exposing themselves to…

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NAC/UNICEF Collaborate To Integrate WASH and HIV Programs For Positive Health Outcomes In Sanyati

IN a bid to reduce diarrhoeal induced morbidity and mortality amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as influence behavior change, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has partnered the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to integrate HIV and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in Sanyati districts.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sanyati A study conducted by the Anglo-American Group foundation indicate that Diarrhoea remains a very common disease affecting about 90% of people living with HIV in Southern Africa,…

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More Zim Women Withdraw Rape and SGBV Cases from Police and Courts

IN a rather disturbing trend, numbers of women withdrawing rape and Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) cases they would have filed with the police or courts have been increasing over the past few years. By Michael Gwarisa Even though the reasons behind the huge withdrawals are yet to be ascertained, it is largely believed that societal and family pressures could be the reason behind the huge spike in case being withdrawn by survivors. Presenting at a Media Sensitisation Workshop on reporting on SGBV in Zimbabwe that was organised by UNICEF,…

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UNICEF To Stockpile Over Half A Billion Syringes By Year End, As Part Of Efforts To Prepare For Eventual COVID-19 Vaccinations

AS the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, UNICEF has begun laying the groundwork for the rapid, safe and efficient delivery of the eventual vaccine by purchasing and pre-positioning syringes and other necessary equipment. SOURCE: UNICEF COMMUNICATION As soon as COVID-19 vaccines successfully emerge from trials and are licensed and recommended for use, the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine. To begin preparations, this year, UNICEF will stockpile 520 million syringes in its warehouses, part of a larger plan of 1 billion syringes by 2021, to guarantee…

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