Nyakuchena Youth Centre, Reduces Child Marriages In Mudzi

JOURNEY of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Having been established in 2005, Nyakuchena Youth Centre has become a source of refuge and escape from the evil world by most young people, especially adolescent boys and girls in Mudzi whose daily lives are constantly threatened by their surroundings. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Mudzi Just like any other broader community, Mudzi is susceptible to numerous health woes which include Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), high HIV infections and sex work. Without mechanisms in place to help fight these challenges,…

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STIs Spike Among Young Boys In Mudzi…As Sex Workers Dish Unprotected Sex For More USD

INCREASED gold panning activities in Mudzi district have exposed young boys to Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and other health risks at the back of an influx of commercial sex workers who have flooded the mining communities. By Michael Gwarisa Recently In Mudzi Most young people in the area have resorted to gold panning which has become the most resourceful source of income in the area. Payments for gold sales at various mills dotted around the community are done in United States dollars (USD) terms, a factor which has lured sex…

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Parent To Child Communication Bridges SRHR Gap At Grassroots

ZIMBABWE has over the years been battling soaring cases of teenage pregnancies, early marriages, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV infections in adolescents among a host of other sexual reproductive health related issues. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Zvimba According to the National Adolescent Fertility Study (NAFS) of 2016 conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), adolescent pregnancies remain a major contributor to maternal and child mortality in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, the adolescent fertility…

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19 Year Old HIV+ Zvimba Girl Finds New Path

AT the age of 17, while still doing her Form three studies at Mucheri Secondary School in Zvimba, the lure of money pushed Theresa Mlambo (Not real name) into an early marriage with her cattle minder lover, a move she regrets to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Zvimba Just like many girls in the area who have dropped out of school in pursuit of marriages with Amakorokoza (Artisanal miners), farm workers and cattle headers, Theresa’s marriage did not last as she would leave her man nine months later upon…

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Karoi Records Spike In Teen Pregnancies and STIs

KAROI rural district is battling a surge in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and teen pregnancies owing to an unprecedented rise in risky sexual behavior by young people.   By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Hurungwe This emerged at the International Condom Day commemorations in the district on Saturday. Officiating the event, Hurungwe district administrator Ms Makepeace Muzenda said there was a spike in new STI cases. “There is a lot of traffic in our town, there by meaning a lot of sexual activity that also happens. As a town we have…

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Mutare Prov Hospital Struggles With Critical Maternal Referral Cases

MUTARE provincial Hospital acting medical superintendent, Dr Emmanuel Sedze says most district hospitals are referring maternal cases that would be in bad shape, resulting in increased maternal deaths being recorded from their institution.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare The development comes amidst indications that some hospitals in the province recorded zero maternal deaths while some only have a few mortality cases while the provincial hospitals which handles the bulk of referral cases from district hospitals  is left to bear the brunt of deaths owing to the advanced stage…

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Young Girls Warned Against Abusing Morning After Pills

TAKING morning after pills or emergency control pills excessively could expose the body to harmful toxins and long term health effects, a Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) official has warned.   By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare The call comes at the back of discoveries that most young girls in particular those in tertiary institutions were consistently taking emergency contraceptives as a birth control method amidst indications that in some instances, a month long supply at a single pharmacy may only last a few  days due to excessive consumption. Briefing…

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Unpacking Youth Friendly Family Planning Access With ZNFPC

ZIMBABWE joined the world in commemorating World Contraceptive Day on Spetember 26, 2018. The day is celebrated every year for the purposes of lobbying and advocating for  action for improved access and knowledge about Family Planning.   The 2018  theme was, “It’s your life: it’s your responsibility”. Family Planning is a key pillar to ensure safe motherhood. Access to information and services enables women and men the voluntary ability to space births, benefiting the mothers’ and children’s health and the community as a whole. It also reduces the risk of…

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Churches Embrace Condoms

By Michael Gwarisa CHURCHES in Zimbabwe are gradually embracing family planning and reproductive health initiatives including condoms, as the country moves towards reducing high fertility and the high teenage pregnancies cases that have rocked the country, HealthTimes has learnt. Apostolic sects and other churches have traditionally been known for being breeding grounds for underage marriages and teenage pregnancies owing to their beliefs which allow them to marry multiple “virgin” wives. Also Read: Zim Beats Global Family Planning target  Responding to a question during a Media Sensitisation Meeting on Adolescents Sexual Reproductive…

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Zim Commemorates World Population Day

By Michael Gwarisa  ZIMBABWE today joins the rest of the world in Commemorating the World Population Day (WPD) which is running under the theme “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” The celebrations  are being hosted by United Nation Family Population Fund (UNFPA) and partners Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC). Also Read: Reasons you should take up family planning  In a statement, UNFPA said there would be free testing and counseling services at the Africa Unity Square from Tuesday 11, July to…

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