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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50 000 Receive Typhoid Vaccine

THE Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine has been administered to over 50 000 people in Harare since Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere UNICEF Zimbabwe tweeted that the targeted suburbs are currently receiving the vaccination. “The Typhoid Conjugate Vaccination Campaign is currently ongoing in Mbare, Mufakose, Kuwadzana, Hatcliffe, Budiriro, Hopley, Glen Norah, Dzivarasekwa and Glen View. Over 50,000 have been vaccinated already. Get vaccinated today,” encouraged the organisation. The campaign running until 4 March is targeting children aged 6 months to 15 years old. “In Mbare district, where the disease has impacted adult populations,…

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Free Albinism Clinic Opens In Harare

GLOBAL Aid Missions, a non-governmental organization that supports people with Albinism, has opened the country’s first albinism free clinic By HealthTimes Reporter The GAM Health Clinic situated at number 53 Central Avenue in Harare, will also be open to the general public. “People with Albinism (PWA) have been for a long time marginalized from the mainstream healthcare services due to stigmatization and poverty, and the purpose of this clinic is to close the gap. Our mission is to make the lives of people with Albinism a living experience through the service provision of GP Consultations, Sexual…

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Bleak Christmas: Govt and Junior Doctors Still Gridlocked As Patients Suffer

IT is a dreary yet bleak Christmas for Zimbabweans as the gridlock between junior doctors and Government is far from over with the former accusing the latter of misinforming the nation. By Kudakwashe Pembere In this ensuing verbal and or textual duel alongside the suspension of these doctors, a grimmer festive season plays out in the country’s major hospitals full of unattended expecting mothers, the sick and4einjured. On Christmas Day, reacting to Health and Childcare Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo’s speech on Monday,  the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association representing junior doctors…

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