UZ Seeks To Enhance Medicines Research Opportunities In Zimbabwe

THE University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is committed  providing research opportunities in new medicines to its students so as to fulfill the Education 5.0 mandate which consist of teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialization. By Patricia Mashiri The new medicines research will among other things help ease the burden of drug importation, in the process aid in the reduction in drug prices. This means more people locally will have more access to medicines. Speaking at the National Dialogue on the Local Manufacture of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Professor Florence Mtambanengwe, the…

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UZ Commences Production Of Swabs For Collecting COVID-19 Samples

THE university of Zimbabwe (UZ) in partnership with a local company have begun manufacturing swabs which will used in collecting COVID-19 samples as the country moves towards increasing testing levels. By Michael Gwarisa In media brief, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said the swabs have been submitted to the Ministry of Health and Child Care and to Natpharm for quality assurance tests. Additionally, Government continues to make strides in ensuring that the country’s preparedness and response plans are upgraded. As part of the efforts to boost…

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Oxford, Wits Universities Conducting ÇOVID-19 Vaccine Trails

Dr Portia Hunidzarira, University of Zimbabwe, Clinical Health Science (CHS)-Clinical Trials Research Centre (CTRC) in March walked journalists on the vaccine roadmap.

THE Oxford University is running COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials in collaboration with Wits University of South Africa. The vaccine was developed at the University of Oxford’s Oxford Jenner Institute and is currently on trial in the UK. Over 4 000 participants are already enrolled into the clinical trial and enrolment of an additional 10 000 participants is planned. The clinical trials are running in the UK, Brazil and South Africa. Why South Africa for vaccine trials? South Africa is the epicentre of COVID-19 in Africa. With 60% of the infections…

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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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