Health & Community

Health & Community

Prominent journalist’s son found dead 

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent THE Chinhoyi community Friday morning woke up to shocking news of the death of prominent journalist’s son,  Arthur Jena whose  bloodied body was discovered at Christos Shopping Centre. Arthur is son to prominent Voice of America’s Studio 7 journalist, Nunurai Jena  who also writes for NewsDay and Standard newspapers.

African health ministers seek ways to bolster polio outbreak response

By GENEVA: African health ministers gathered today to seek ways of ramping up measures to halt the outbreak of Wild Poliovirus Type 1 in southern Africa, where the virus has been detected in two countries and a large-scale multi-country vaccination campaign is underway. The ministers from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe met on

Zimbabwean soldier wins UN gender advocate award; UN secretary general calls Major Zharare ‘role model and trailblazer’

By FOR the first time, a Zimbabwean peacekeeper has been chosen to receive the prestigious 2021 Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award, UN Peacekeeping announced on Tuesday. Commending Military Observer Major Winnet Zharare, 39, as “a role model and a trailblazer”, Secretary-General António Guterres, will present her with the award on Thursday during a ceremony marking the International

Voter apathy amongst students worrisome-lecturer 

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent GREAT Zimbabwe University (GZU) media lecturer Last Alfandika has expressed concern over low voter registration amongst students at tertiary institutions as the 2023 presidential election draws closer. Alfandika said tertiary institutions students should take voting seriously. He was addressing delegates during a Masvingo United and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) voter registration inception workshop held on Friday. “I happen

Trouble as hospital suspends ZW$ services to medical aid members 

By Mary Taruvinga ONE of the country’s leading health insurance companies, First Mutual Health, has announced that members paying premiums in local currency now cannot get treatment from one of the top private health facilities in Zimbabwe, Avenues Clinic in Harare. This has been necessitated by the worsening economic crisis in the country. The First Mutual Holdings subsidiary issued a circular on Friday, however,

Clinton Health Access Initiative: 5 Questions with Zim’s Nicole Kawaza

By Please tell us a bit about your background and what brought you to CHAI. I’ve always had a strong passion for efficiency and pursued undergrad and master’s degrees in economics to equip myself to think strategically and make decisions that optimize efficient outcomes within the economy. I joined CHAI Zimbabwe in 2019 as

Neglected Zanu PF Kariba activists injured in Uhuru accident seek help

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent ZANU PF members from Kariba, who were recently injured in a horrific road traffic accident, are appealing for financial assistance to meet hospital bills and other needs. Among the injured is Chido Charikosa (21), who needs money to buy a prosthetic leg and pay medical bills at Sally Mugabe

Bulilima and Matobo in quarantine following foot and mouth outbreak

By Bulawayo Correspondent VETERINARY officials in Matabeleland South Province have confirmed the outbreak of foot and mouth (FMD) disease in Matobo and Bulilima, dealing a major blow to the livestock industry in the region. In a memorandum addressed to all government districts, Matabeleland South provincial veterinary director, Enart Mdlongwa, said the two districts have been

Nurses demand salary hike

By Sharleen Mohammed NURSES in public health institutions are demanding an increase in their monthly salaries, saying what they are currently getting has been seriously eroded by inflation. Speaking on the sidelines of the International nurses day commemorations, Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president Enock Dongo said their current working conditions are sickening. “We implore our

US: Zimbabwean Eisenhower Fellow visits local ag-innovators

By Defining “permaculture” in his own words, Kudakwashe Manyanga said, “In my country, we have what we call ‘farming God’s way.’” On Basalt Mountain, at 7,200 feet, that “way” fills the very air. Red rock cliffs and clear blue skies dazzle the senses. Translucent, new-green leaves unfurl along slender chokecherry stems. Among the plums

Life after rugby: Beast Mtawarira on Unicef role, the Sharks and RWC 2023

By As a father of two and someone who rose to the top of the rugby world despite coming from an under-resourced background in Zimbabwe, it is no surprise that looking after the welfare of children would feature strongly in the post-Springboks life of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira. The 36-year-old Mtawarira, the most-capped prop in

IN-DEPTH: Lewis Mataya’s Hardfought Journey to Africa Championships Gold

By James Sweetnam By After overcoming a plethora of life’s toughest challenges, Lewis Mataya rose from the ashes to conquer the 2022 IMMAF Africa Championships. The Zimbabwean lost his mum and dad at an early age, which resulted in him growing up in a house of 13 people. The youngster, who was raised by

SA: Chakwanda says goal is to overtake Arnold Schwarzenegger

By Petros Chakwanda from Edleen found his devotion to weightlifting at the age of 16. The 28-year-old said growing up in Zimbabwe was not easy and he was raised by his grandmother after the death of his parents in 2010. Chakwanda’s brother was in South Africa at the time and he had to quit

Tendai Mtawarira to put weight behind children’s education as Unicef ambassador

By Former Springbok rugby player Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira has been appointed by Unicef as a regional ambassador for eastern and southern Africa. Mtawarira, who was born in Zimbabwe, but eventually settled in South Africa where he became a rugby legend, will now be able to use his voice to bring attention to Unicef’s humanitarian and

FEATURE: Zimbabwean artists raise awareness about conservation through carvings

By Xinhua BULAWAYO: One small piece at a time, Chamunorwa Shuramatongo is in his own way fighting a noncombat battle against animal poaching with his exquisite artwork of wood-carved animal figures. The talented artist from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city, uses wood from dried-out trees to make hand-carved pieces of art that portray Zimbabwe’s wildlife diversity.

Surge in drug abuse strains Zimbabwe’s health system

By Agencies Gamuchirai Zhou has battled for the past six months to find a psychiatric hospital that can take in her 22-year-old son in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare as beds at public health facilities have become limited due to a surge in the number of drug addicts seeking treatment. Zhou’s son started suffering from a mental

Parents complain about discrimination of autistic children

By Lisa Nyanhongo PARENTS of children living with autism have expressed concern over how communities treat their kids, saying authorities must ensure increased awareness. This emerged during the Thursday’s World Autism Day commemorations, hosted by The Autism Organisation of Zimbabwe in Harare. Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that causes a wide range of impairments in social communication and

1.8 million children receive treatment for bilharzia and intestinal worms

By Agencies HARARE: At least 1.8 million received free oral treatment for schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and soil transmitted helminthiases (intestinal worms) during a mass treatment exercise conducted earlier this month. from 3-9 April 2022. Bilharzia and intestinal worms are two of the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) prevalent in Zimbabwe targeted for elimination by year 2030. The