Bad Roads Induced Maternal Deaths Fears Rise Ahead of Rainy Season

EVEN though Memory Chimpinyi (26) from Skyline in Chimanimani gave birth to her baby a month before the Tropical Cyclone Idai disaster struck, the after effects of the storm are currently having a direct negative impact on her post-natal hospital visits. By Michael Gwarisa in Chimanimani Every month she visits Chimanimani Rural District Hospital which is located eight kilometers away from her home through a meandering road and rugged terrain. The dilapidated road and bridges which were washed away by the ferocious monsoon brings some inconceivable anxiety and trauma to…

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WHO Updates Contraceptive Eligibility For Women At High Risk of HIV

WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation. These recommendations stem from a meeting of the Guideline Development Group at which a wide range of stakeholders were represented including experts in family planning and HIV, representatives from affected populations, clinicians, epidemiologists, researchers, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists. The Group reviewed evidence on hormonal contraception and HIV acquisition published since the previous review…

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Mash West Health Workers Get Sleeping Sickness Control Training

THE Health and Child Care Ministry is currently training community health workers in Hurungwe and Kariba on how to manage sleeping sickness. By Kuda Pembere Amid indications of misdiagnosis of this condition also known as human African trypanomiasis, with technical support of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the ministry found it necessary to bridge the knowledge gap. The training workshop which began on Monday ends on Friday. “We want to develop and capacitate human African trypanomiasis health facilities as well as strengthening the diagnosis and treatment of the disease at…

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WHO Urges Gvts To Prioritize Health Workers

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged governments in SADC region to prioritize welfare and well-being of health personnel as they are the backbone of the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the 69th session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for Africa, Ministerial gathering to shape Africa’s Health Agenda in Brazzaville, Dr Matsidiso said, “health workers were a precious resource not only to their families, but to communities, to national development and to international security and we must do more to protect…

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Zim Among Countries With High HIV Drug Resistance- WHO

ZIMBABWE is among one of the 18 countries that recorded HIV drug resistance above 10% percent amidst indications that more women showed resistance to first line regimens efavirenz/nevirapine. In the SADC region, South Africa tops the list with a 23.6% Pretreatment Drug Resistance (PDR) to efavirenz/nevirapine followed by Namibia which has  a 13.8% PDR to EFV/NVP while Zimbabwe has 10.9% PDR to EDF/NVP. However, national guidelines in all these countries have been revised to include the use of DTG as preferred first-line ART for adults and adolescents (in women and girls…

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DRC Ebola Outbreak Could Spread Beyond DRC Boarders- WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of an impending Ebola outbreak that could spread beyond the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boarders in what the international health organisation has described as a public health emergency of international concern. By Michael Gwarisa The declaration followed a meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for EVD in the DRC. The Committee cited recent developments in the outbreak in making its recommendation, including the first confirmed case in Goma, a city of almost two million people on the border with Rwanda,…

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Lafarge In Revolutionary Breakthrough For Breastfeeding Mothers

BREASTFEEDING is considered a basic need for every infant of breastfeeding age and according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a baby should be exclusively breastfed for up to six months before introducing him/her to complimentary foods until at least the age of two years. By Michael Gwarisa According to nutrition experts, the first 1000 days are the most crucial for an infant’s brain development and this can only be attained through adequate and exclusive breastfeeding. In developing countries however, poverty and its attendant condition, malnutrition, weaken this foundation, leading…

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Zim Annual TB Incidence Falls By 8%

CASES of new Tuberculosis (TB) infections have declined by 8% at the back of improved access to TB screening treatment and care at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is defined as the number of new TB cases in one year per 100,000 population whereas  prevalence of tuberculosis is defined as the number of TB cases in a population at a given point in time (sometimes referred to as “point prevalence”) per 100,000 population Speaking at the Mid Term Review of the Zimbabwe National TB program,…

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One Million New STI Cases Every Day, Says WHO

THERE are more than one million new Sexually Transmitted Infections among people aged between 15 and 49 years, the World Health Organisation says. By Kudakwashe Pembere In a report released on Thursday, the WHO noted that this translates to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections such as gonorrhoea, thrichomoniasis, chlamydia and syphilis. “We’re seeing a concerning lack of progress in stopping the spread of sexually transmitted infections worldwide,” said Dr Peter Salama, Executive Director for Universal Health Coverage and the Life-Course at WHO. “This is a…

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Zim Launches Viral Hepatitis Program

ZIMBABWE has launched a National Viral Hepatitis program to tackle hepatitis infections known to cause liver inflammation and damage. By Kudakwashe Pembere The inflammation is swelling that occurs when tissues of the body become injured or infected. Inflammation can damage organs. Researchers have discovered several different viruses that cause hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Speaking at the launch, acting health secretary Dr Gibson Mhlanga called on stakeholders to develop a strategy to deal with this rising epidemic. “We desire to catch up with the global community in bringing…

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