Zim Maternal Mortality Ratio Declines Further

Young Preganant Women

THE number of maternal deaths per live births, multiplied by a conventional factor of 100,000, also known as Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR), has declined to 363 per 100,000 live births in births in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa This indicates a 6% decline from the previous 2012 MMR ratio of 525. Presenting Preliminary Findings on Mortality from the 2022 Population and Housing Census, Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) Director General, Dr Taguma Mahonde said, “It should be noted that maternal deaths were reported by households and not by place of occurrence.…

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Comprehensive Post Abortion Care is an Essential Component of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Critical for the Attainment of Health Related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In my years of experience working in sexual reproductive health (SRH), the most topical debates include the topics of unintended pregnancies, teenage pregnancies, sexual gender based violence (SGBV), and abortion among others. Termination of Pregnancy (abortion) is one of the most controversial and emotive issues across the social realm in a conservative society like Zimbabwe. The main thrust of social-cultural discussions in sexual reproductive health is around prevention of unintended pregnancies thus avoiding the topic of abortion completely. However, the dilemma is when prevention fails, what happens next? The Zimbabwe…

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Zimbabwe’s Migration At Record High…As 900,000 Of Thousands Leave The Country

EMIGRATION in Zimbabwe is currently at its peak, with indications that the country witnessed a sharp increase in the number of emigrants between 2020 and 2021 largely for employment reasons. By Michael Gwarisa Preliminary findings from the 2022 National Housing and Population Census (HPC) indicate that the most emigrants from Zimbabwe were based in the Southern African region and in particular South Africa with 773,246 and Botswana with 47,928. For overseas countries, the United Kingdom had 23,166 emigrants. The number of emigrants was increasing since the 1980’s. There was a…

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Additional US$14.8 Million Required To Carry Out 2022 Zim Population Census

Prof Mthuli Ncube

GOVERNMENT has made an appeal to the donor community to complement work around implementation of the 2022 population and housing census through providing additional financial resources. By Michael Gwarisa The estimated budget for the 2022 population and housing census is US$85.5 million and the government of Zimbabwe has pledged to contribute 83% of the total budget while the remaining  is likely to be taken up by development partners. Officiating at the Resource Mobilisation meeting for the 2022 population and housing census, Finance and Economic Development minister Professor Mthuli Ncube said…

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Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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