COVID-19: Women and girls face greater dangers during COVID-19 pandemic

Community Health Worker Lydia Ganda conducting community awareness activities in Boitekong township in Rustenburg. Photographer: Siyathuthuka Media

THE COVID-19 pandemic is having potentially catastrophic secondary impacts on the health of women and girls around the world. Decisions made at every level of the response to the pandemic are resulting in women being further cut off from sexual and reproductive health services, threatening sharp rises in maternal and neonatal mortality. Women and girls are often denied care outright or face dangerous delays getting the services they need. The impacts of misguided policies and barriers to care are especially severe in places with weak or overburdened health systems—including many…

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It Cant Be Business As Usual- UN Warns Gvts As Coronavirus Enters Pandemic Phase

THE United Nations (UN) Secretary General (SG) Mr António Gutteres has called on governments across the globe to ramp up efforts to screen, monitor and manage the Coronavirus outbreak following the World Health Organisation (WHO) announcement of the bug now being a global pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Mr Gutteres called for calm while at the same time vigilance in the face of the pandemic which has already claimed more than 4629 lives in China  and outside mainland China. All of us face a common threat – the…

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Name and Shame Sexual Predators In Tertiary Institutions Says UN

UNITED Nations (UN) resident coordinator in Zimbabwe, Mr Bishow Parajuli has called on tertiary institutions authorities, victims and survivors of sexual violence in institutions of higher learning to come forward and expose the perpetrators of sexual abuse. By Michael Gwarisa Mr Parajuli told an open discussion on sexual violence in tertiary institutions dubbed “Stepping up partnerships to end sexual exploitation in varsities” that the only way universities and colleges could rid themselves of the growing menace of sexual violence is by not protecting them even at law. “I am alarmed…

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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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#JUSTIN: Zim Urgently Needs $234M For Food and Humanitarian Aid

A total of US$234 million is required to urgently address the food and humanitarian crisis unfolding in Zimbabwe where nearly 5.3 million Zimbabweans need assistance up to the month of June 2019. HealthTimes Reporter The call is a response to the rising humanitarian needs in the country due to poor rains and a challenging economic situation. Following a successful three day long humanitarian needs assessment by the UN-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, the UN in conjunction with the government of Zimbabwe launched a Humanitarian…

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Tobacco Smoking Increases In Teenagers

…Experts Call For New Technologies To Fight Tobacco Harm… By Michael Gwarisa from Nairobi, Kenya AFRICA is recording a massive increase in cases of child smokers with children between the ages of 13 and 15 being the biggest victims owing to peer pressure as well as the cheap pricing of cigarettes in most  African markets. The call comes amidst indications of increased cases on Child smokers in Africa with high  cases having been recorded in West Africa, East and other some parts Southern Parts of Africa. Speaking during a Tobacco…

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World Gears For International Midwives Conference

Staff Reporter  PREPARATIONS to the 31st International Conference of Midwives (ICM) to be held from 18 to 22 June in Toronto, Canada are at an advanced stage as the world intensifies efforts to reduce maternal related deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), approximately 830 women die every everyday  due to pregnancy related complications in developing countries. In a statement, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) Director Kogi Agraal said most of the causes of the death were preventable but lack of information and effective interventions were to blame. “Every…

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