Health & Community

Health & Community

Kadoma School For Intellectually Handicapped Kids Sends SOS

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent ZIMCARE Trust Rubatsiro School in Kadoma, which caters for young learners with intellectual challenges, is appealing for help in constructing boarding facilities to boost enrollment of learners and improve their welfare. The existing facility, which is the only specialised institution in Mashonaland West province, caters for 12 female boarders

United Kingdom Mission Area Ambassador Jabulani Gumbodete visits with orphans at Home of Hope at Nyadire Mission. The UK Mission Area donated nearly $18,000 to help care for orphans in Zimbabwe.

Church Orphanages Receive US$18 000 From UK-Based Zimbabweans

UM News BEFORE Covid-19 struck Zimbabwe early last year, the effects of AIDS had already left many orphans and vulnerable children and youth. Since then, the pandemic has added to the number and increased the demand for nurturing and educating affected children. Recently, the United Kingdom Mission Area of The United Methodist Church commemorated Orphan

Council officials and residents' representatives during the launch of the service delivery charter

Masvingo City Fathers, Residents Smoke Peace Pipe 

By Clayton Shereni, Masvingo Correspondent THE CITY of Masvingo and its residents have reached a consensus and successfully launched a service delivery charter aimed at improving relations between the two parties. The Masvingo City Council, Masvingo United Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (MURRA) with support from the Local Governance Trust teamed up to come up with

Members of the community in the tree nursery and garden

Community Tree Nursery, Garden Bring A Ray Of Hope To Zim Village

Mongabay GURUVE: To get to Nyamukondiwa village in Guruve district in rural Zimbabwe, you have to navigate through 170 kilometers, or 106 miles, of mountainous terrain from the capital, Harare. The once thickly covered mountains, where mopane (Colophospermum mopane), zebrawood (Brachystegia spiciformis) and red mahogany (Khaya anthotheca) previously dominated, are now desert-like as villagers cut down

Kids Born-Out-Of-Wedlock Remain ‘Stateless’ As Dads Fail To Get Birth Certificates

By James Muonwa SCORES of children born-out-of wedlock are still unable to have birth certificates acquired by their fathers, as the Registrar-General (RG)’s office is yet to issue a circular directing officials to process documents for them. Last month, the High Court passed a judgment permitting fathers to register their offspring in the absence of

Lawyers Says Phasing Out Old Passports Unconstitutional

VOA THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) says the government’s decision to introduce an electronic passport and phase out old travel documents by the end of 2023 violates some provisions of the country’s constitution. In a tweet, the ZLHR also challenged the government’s move to use the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ) for processing

Bulawayo Eases Diarrhoea Cases

By Alois Vinga BULAWAYO has managed to bring cases of diarrhoea infections down from a peak of 457 recorded recently. A fortnight ago the city confirmed a diarrhoeal outbreak with a total of 157 people having been affected. The outbreak was first reported on November 28 in Tshabalala Extension. Speaking to Monday on the

Remove Stigma, Decriminalise Drug Use To Curb Vice: Civil Society

By James Muonwa THE battle against rampant substance abuse, particularly among youths in the country, can be won if society removes stigma on alcohol and drug users coupled with strong legislation on intoxicating substances, activists say. The Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) is lobbying society to accept the cancer of substance abuse that

Rights Group Urges Parly To Ensure Disclosure Of Mining Deals

By Felix Matasva A PUBLIC  interest law organisation, the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) says Zimbabwe must avoid being gullible to foreign investors by ensuring the rights of local communities are not jeopardised. In a statement to commemorate Human Rights Day, ZELA noted the “Zimbabwe is open for business” mantra must integrate sustainability and strict adherence

Chief Chundu

Chief Throws 63 Evicted Families Under The Bus

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent CHIEF Chundu has maintained the 63 families evicted from a farm in Hurungwe should retrace their ancestral roots and set homes there, rather than contest their eviction. The traditional leader, born Abel Mbasera, told Friday the affected families lost a legal battle against the farm owner, Vincent Chigwedere,

Farmers get their harvested wheat ready for packing. They stopped planting wheat in 2018 owing to drought, but were able to do so again after good rainfall this past season.

Local Farmers Step Into The Future Of Farming

New Frame IT IS mid-morning in late October and Linda Ncube, 58, puts on a large cotton hat to protect herself from the searing sun. As she prepares her wheat harvest for packing on a section of a vast field with the help of colleagues, her face reveals a sense of satisfaction. She is one

Bulawayo In Partnership To Secure Scans For Pregnant Mothers

By Bulawayo Correspondent THE Bulawayo City Council has partnered with a global health institution in a partnership that will see the municipality providing ultrasound scans for pregnant mothers at its clinics. The development is set to improve the city’s maternal health services. Maternal mortality in the country currently stands at 614 deaths per 100 000

Chamisa’s MDC Bemoans Worsening Education Standards

By Mandipa Masenyama THE MDC Alliance has bemoaned the worsening education system in Zimbabwe highlighting adding the “half-baked learning curriculum” was affecting the learners. The opposition said the situation was worsened by the government’s failure to pay teachers reasonable salaries and improve their working conditions. In a statement, the MDC Alliance education secretary, Evelyn Masaiti

Company Scaling Banana Flour Production To Help Farmers Reduce Post-Harvest Losses

Agencies MATURE unripe green bananas can be milled into a fine flour that can be used in place of traditional wheat flour. Green banana flour is low in sugar and high in resistant starch type 2. Resistant starch has prebiotic properties and increases the number of beneficial bacteria in the gut. This gluten-free flour, which

Primary and Secondary Education perm sec Tumisang Thabela

40% Of ECD Kids Are Out Of School

By Thandiwe Garusa ABOUT 40% of Zimbabwe’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) children are out of school due to infrastructure shortages, long distances, water, sanitation, and hygiene challenges. Addressing delegates at a meeting on the review, reflection, and planning for ECD roadmap for SADC countries, secretary for Primary and Secondary and Education Tumisang Thabela said that

Deputy Health Minister John Mangwiro

National HIV Prevalence Drops From 13,9% to 11,8%

From Robert Tapfumaneyi in Chinhoyi VICE PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga, who also doubles as the Health Minister, has said despite the Covid-19 induced disruptions to HIV/AIDS service delivery in 2020, the government’s response to HIV was pleasing as new infections decrease. In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy John Mangwiro, Chiwenga said the

VP Chiwenga

Govt To Construct 32 Hospitals: Chiwenga

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent A TOTAL of 32 new hospitals are earmarked for construction as the government expedites the reform of the health sector, which is currently grappling twin pandemics of HIV/AIDS and Covid-19. Strengthening the health sector is now high on the agenda, with existing hospitals set for revamping and re-equipping. In a

Govt Strengthening Management Of Childhood Cancer

By Staff Reporter BULAWAYO: Zimbabwe is making great strides in strengthening cancer management as part of the country’s efforts to make Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) services more accessible. With the growing number of NCDs and the impact COVID-19 has had on people with cancer and other NCDs, steps have been taken to come up with a

Teacher Tendai Madzukwa describes storm damage to the United Methodist Mashambanhaka Primary School

Storms Destroy Churches

UM News HEAVY rains and strong winds left a trail of destruction of property worth thousands of dollars at two United Methodist institutions. Munyarari Mission in the Zimbabwe East Conference (Mutare District) and Mashambanhaka Mission in the Zimbabwe West Conference (Murehwa Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe District) saw significant damage from the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 storms. Roofs