Zim Runs Out Of Baby Growth Monitoring Charts

ZIMBABWEAN mothers have gone for several months  without baby growth monitoring chart cards  and have since resorted to clinic or hospital cards used for ‘over fives’, HealthTimes has learnt. By Kudakwashe Pembere The unavailability of these ‘baby cards’ has deprived mothers access to critical growth monitoring information, plunging the health of  babies in jeopardy. Health Ministry’s Family Health Director Dr Bernard Madzima told this publication the importance of these cards. “The cards which you are talking about are called ‘Road To Health Cards’ or ‘Growth Monitoring Cards’. They are for…

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US Provides Supplementary US$41, 9 million For Food Security

THE United States Government has donated to Zimbabwe an additional US$41, 9 million in funding to respond to the critical food security situation in the upcoming lean season between October 2019 and March 2020 in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing  the press on Tuesday, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols said the funding will assist over one million vulnerable Zimbabweans. I am representing the United States Government today as we announce our additional contribution of USD41, 9 million in response to the United Nations Humanitarian Appeal to increase emergency food…

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Diabetes Prevalence Rises In Zim

ZIMBABWE’S latest diabetes prevalence rate currently stands at 10%, which is a 5% increase from the 2015 figures a health expert has said. By Kuda Pembere In an interview with HealthTimes, Harare based podiatrist who specialists in diabetes Diana Chapoterera Bulle said this year the prevalence of diabetes could have risen to 10 percent. “I would estimate the prevalence of diabetes as of June this year to be around 10 percent. The reason is largely the lifestyles we have. We don’t have a culture of exercising and the type of food…

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50 percent of Sex Workers Report Using HIV Prevention: UNAIDS

ABOUT 50 percent of sex workers in Zimbabwe reported getting at least two prevention services against HIV in the past three months in 2018, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAIDS) has said. By Kudakwashe Pembere In the Global Aids Update 2019 report released recently, UNAIDS said the possible  prevention services received included condoms and lubricant, counselling on condom use and safe sex, and testing of sexually transmitted infections. “Despite the availability of a widening array of effective HIV prevention tools and methods—and a massive scale-up of antiretroviral therapy…

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Call For Increased Domestic Funding For Family Planning

THERE is need for Zimbabwe to have a budget line dedicated for  family planning commodities as most of the funding comes from donors, a Ministry of Health and Child Care official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking at a Budget and Finance parliamentary committee sensitization workshop on family planning issues, on behalf of Family Health director in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Bernard Madzima, his deputy Dr DavidzoyaShe Makosa said family planning is one of the pillars of safe motherhood and as ministry of health and…

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American Company Pledges US$40 million To Develop Zim Hospitals

AN American multinational conglomerate General Electric pledged US$40 million for the upgrade of four Zimbabwe’s state owned hospitals, a Cabinet official said on Wednesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere At the 22nd Cabinet Decision Matrix, Media and Broadcasting Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the just ended 12th Africa-USA Summit Summit offered the country an opportunity to advance its re-engagement exercise as well as promote investment in the country. “Highlights of this included His Excellency President E.D. Mnangagwa’s meeting with General Electric, an American company which is set to partner with a Chinese company…

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Zimbabwe Signs MoU With Swiss Pharmaceutical Giant

ZIMBABWE signed a memorandum of understanding with a Swiss headquartered pharmaceutical company Novartis for patients to access medicines for non-communicable diseases at nominal prices. By Kudakwashe Pembere The signing ceremony done last week will see Zimbabwe each person get medicines for NCDs such as hypertension, diabetes and breast cancer for a dollar a month from Novartis’s unit, Sandoz DD. Speaking after the announcement of the MoU, Dr Moyo expressed confidence that the collaboration would help provide improved health care and reduce preventable deaths. “The issue of access to medicines is…

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Zim To Host African Medical Councils Conference

ZIMBABWE  is set to host the 23rd edition of the Association of Medical Councils of Africa (AMCOA) conference  from 17 to 21 July, 2019 in the resort town of  Victoria Falls. By Kudakwashe Pembere The conference brings together about 250 delegates from 20 African countries under one roof to discuss how health regulators can contribute to the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). Themed ”The Role Of The Health Regulator In The Delivery Of Universal Health Coverage’, the conference is co-hosted by Health Professions Authority (HPA) Zimbabwe and the Medical…

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Zim’s Community Health Strategy Nears Completion

THE Health and Childcare Ministry will complete the National Community Health Draft Strategy next week which will provide community health workers with guidelines on how they should work while on the ground. By Kudakwashe Pembere The team working on the draft expects to present it to the Health ministry in a fortnight amidst indications that wokers have all along been working been working without guidelines. Dr Stanley Midzi from Zimbabwe’s World Health Organisation office said they realised that all along there were no benchmarks on how community health workers are…

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One Radiotherapy Machine For Zim

ZIMBABWE has five radiotherapy machines for cancer treatment with only one being functional while the rest are faulty.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Two machines are at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo while three are found at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in Harare where the only functional one is housed. All the machines were purchased from a Switzerland based company named Varien. Briefing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Gender on Monday, Parirenyatwa consultant oncologist Dr Webster Kadzatsa said they long to see other machines work at their hospital. “Zimbabwe is among the…

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