Korean Gvt Donates US$350K Worth Of COVID-19 Test Kits To Zimbabwe

…As India Fifth Tranche of medicines arrive in the country THE government of the Republic of Korea has donated COVID-19 test kits valued at US$350,000 towards Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 response as part of Korea’s commitment to By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the handover ceremony at State House in the Capital Harare, Zimbabwe President, Emerson Mngangagwa said the Korean government has been assisting Zimbabwe’s health sector in many ways especially under the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. On behalf of government and the people of Zimbabwe and my own behalf, let me sincerely express…

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Zimbabwe Commences Nationwide Deworming Exercise, 300 000 Targeted For free Bilharzia Treatment in Shamva and Mount Darwin

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) with support from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Higherlife Foundation have kick-started the National Mass Treatment for bilharzia and intestinal worms as a follow-up to the healthcare worker’s Mass Drug Administration (MDA) training exercise which concluded last week in Shamva and Mount Darwin. By Michael Gwarisa The National Mass Treatment exercise started in Mashonaland Central Province this week in (Shamva and Mount Darwin). WHO started their support visit at Chitse Clinic in Mt Darwin where WHO is providing on the job…

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WHO & UNICEF Recommit To Accelerating Health & Well-being At All ages

THE World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have signed a new collaborative framework which will accelerate joint public health efforts that put the most marginalized and vulnerable populations first. HealthTimes Reporter The new Strategic Collaboration Framework builds on a robust 70-year collaboration between the two organizations, and prioritizes four strategic areas for immediate attention and action at all levels of the organizations: universal health coverage, through a primary health care and health systems approach; mental health and psychosocial wellbeing and development; public health emergencies; and maternal and child nutrition. Additionally, the two…

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UK Support To Zim Keeps Essential Health Services Afloat During COVID-19

AN ongoing United Kingdom Government (UK) five-year US$168.8 million health programme in Zimbabwe has seen the health sector offering uninterrupted essential health services despite the COVID-19 crisis. By Michael Gwarisa The UK as a major donor in the health sector also provided US$50 million in 2020 to Zimbabwe through the Health Development Fund (HDF), Global Vaccines Alliance (GAVI) and The Global Fund. Speaking to HealthTimes, the UK’s Development Director for Zimbabwe, Cate Turton said the support from the UK government was also aimed at equipping primary healthcare workers where majority…

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Keep health workers safe to keep patients safe: WHO

THE World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety of health workers and patients. HealthTimes Reporter “The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded all of us of the vital role health workers play to relieve suffering and safe lives,“ said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “No country, hospital or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe. WHO’s Health Worker Safety Charter is a step towards ensuring that health workers have the safe…

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WHO To Host Conference to Discuss Strategies To End Preventable Newborn Deaths and Stillbirths By 2030

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) will tomorrow be hosting a webinar to launch the 2025 Every Newborn Coverage Targets and Milestones, plan to end preventable newborn deaths and stillbirths by the year 2030, According to the WHO, global actions now will determine the course of maternal and newborn health for the next decade and the health and lives of future generations. Essential health services, including high-quality maternal and newborn health care must be sustained and further strengthened to withstand shocks like COVID-19, in order to protect the lives and health…

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Antimicrobial Resistance Greatest Threat To Modern Medicines- Dr Midzi

ANTIMICROBIAL Resistance (AMR) poses a significant threat to human and animal health in the African region, Zimbabwe included and needs to be addressed collectively and comprehensively, World Health Organisation (WHO Zimbabwe) Health Systems Strengthening Advisor, Dr Stanley Midzi has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in a virtual meeting recently, Dr Midzi said recent studies on Antimicrobial Resistance projected that if nothing serious is done now, AMR will lead to 10 million deaths per year (from current 700 000, more than cancer) by the year 2050 and this will result in in…

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Dapirivirine Ring Not Substitute For Other HIV Prevention Methods- Dr Mgodi

Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi MBChB, MMed, Investigator of Record, HPTN-084 Zimbabwe – University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Research Centre, and HPTN Executive Committee Member

THE Dapirivirine Vaginal Ring, a new effective HIV prevention tool for women, is not a substitute for existing  HIV prevention methods but rather an innovation to expand prevention options for women, Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi an HIV expert and histopathologist   has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a Twitter Question and Answer session that was organized by HealthTimes, Dr Mgodi said women need safe and effective biomedical HIV prevention strategies for use throughout their lives and the Dapirivirine ring presented women with such an opportunity. Studies of other HIV prevention…

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Nine COVID-19 Vaccines Under Assessment- WHO

THE World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus says at least nine vaccines are part of a dynamic portfolio; which is constantly being reviewed and optimised to ensure access to the best possible range of products. By Michael Gwarisa In a Press Statement, Dr Tedros said 172 countries were now engaging with the COVAX Global Vaccines Facility, which has both the largest and most diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio in the world. At present there are nine vaccines that are part of this dynamic portfolio; which is constantly being reviewed…

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#JUSTIN: COVID-19 Now Air-bone Says New WHO Evidence

THE World Health Organization on Tuesday acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, after a group of scientists urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people. We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing. The WHO has previously said the virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease spreads…

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