Health & Community

Health & Community

Spousal Inheritance Fuels Spread Of AIDS in Zimbabwe

MUREWA: The 46-year old Miranda Chihota’s life took a turn four years ago when her husband died in a tragic road accident.   When she was still convalescing from the tragedy, she was forcibly married to her husband’s brother, whose wife, she claimed, had succumbed to AIDS two years before Miranda’s husband died. As a

Africa hamstrung by deadly flood of fake medicine

AFP After he was struck down by malaria and typhoid, Togolese tailor Ayawo Hievi thought he was set to recover when he started taking drugs prescribed by his doctor. But far from curing him, the medication he was given at the neighbourhood clinic made him far worse – eventually costing him one of his kidneys.

3 African countries trying out 1st malaria vaccine in babies

AFP A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history’s deadliest and most stubborn of diseases. The southern African nation is rolling out the shots in an unusual pilot program along with Kenya and

CSOs Pressure Gvt To Appoint New NAC Board and CEO

HEALTH TIMES HE National AIDS Council (NAC) which has gone for more than 365 days with neither a substantive board nor Chief Executive Officer (CEO) has come under fire from Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) who believe the development was impacting negatively on the national HIV response. Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dissolved

Mentor Programme Helps Young HIV+ Mothers Open Up

UNICEF THREE times a month, 18-year-old Grace Mutungambera walks more than 14 kilometres from her home, to the nearest clinic. With her baby strapped to her back and in the extreme heat, the walk takes her about four hours, each way. She lives in the rural, tobacco growing region of Hurungwe, in Zimbabwe. “Sometimes my

Machete Wielding Gangs: New Threat To Zimbabwe’s Panning Gold

Fin24 THE sound of steel pounding rock echoes through the dark, as Michael Machokoto, 23, hammers away, 40 metres underground, at one of the disused gold mining shafts at Jumbo Mine, located in the Mazowe area, 40km north of Harare. Just two metres away, his friend, Tendai Gwature, 21, is also chipping away at the

Massive Response To HIV Survey

HealthTimes PHASE one to the ongoing Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020 has ended on a high note amidst indications that the survey has witnessed a response rate above 95 percent from communities. In an interview with HealthTimes, ZIMPHIA Communications person, Blessed Gumbi said the first phase to the survey has already covered vast

AI beats human breast cancer diagnosis

AFP A computer programme can identify breast cancer from routine scans with greater accuracy than human experts, researchers said in what they hoped could prove a breakthrough in the fight against the global killer. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women, and regular screening is vital in detecting the earliest signs

104 Year-Old Granny Pens Book On United Methodist History

By United Methodist Church News CHITUNGWIZA: SHE is a mother of eight, a grandmother, great-grandmother, human rights activist, teacher, preacher, pastor’s wife and the only surviving founding member of Rukwadzano RweWadzimai, the Zimbabwe Episcopal Area’s women’s organization. Now, 104-year-old Martha Mudzengerere can add author to that list. Granny Mudzengerere launched her debut book, “Old Time Religion,”

Zim Maternal Mortality Rate Drops

HEALTH TIMES ZMBABWE’S maternal mortality rate dropped to 462 per 100 000 live births from the previous 614 per 100 000 live births recorded in 2014, the latest Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2019 found. Maternal mortality ratio is the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth, per 100,000 live births. The data are

Govt needs US$50 million new hospital equipment to save suffering locals

By Paidashe Mandivengerei GOVERNMENT requires over US$50 million to purchase machinery for critical units within public health institutions, Health Minister Obadiah Moyo has said. In a ministerial statement on the status of the health care system in the country, Moyo said the five central hospitals alone – Mpilo, Harare Central, Parirenyatwa, Chitungwiza Central and United

NPRC commissioner Netty Musanhu

Rural women slam govt over ‘Harare laws’

By Leopold Munhende WOMEN from the country’s remote villages of Masvingo province have bemoaned failure by authorities to enforce newly crafted human rights based reforms they insist were only created to benefit those living in Harare. This, they said this past week during a Heal Zimbabwe Trust organised Women’s Summit to commemorate 16 Days of

Ministers Daniel Garwe (left) and Obadiah Moyo during Pari tour

Ministers abandon hospital tours after media ‘snub’

By Thandiwe Garusa HEALTH Minister Obadiah Moyo and his cabinet colleague in Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe were Monday forced to abandon a tour of Harare hospitals after mistakenly thinking journalists were not present to witness the event. The two were set to tour Parirenyatwa, Harare and Chitungwiza hospitals same afternoon. But after touring Parirenyatwa

Strive Masiyiwa

Striking doctors vow more defiance, claim Govt-Masiyiwa connivance

By Paidashe Mandivengerei SACKED junior doctors Monday accused telecoms mogul Strive Masiyiwa of attempts to coerce them into accepting his Higher Life Foundation (HLF)’s cash and material offer so as to end their three-month strike. Government has fired more than 400 doctors employed in the country’s public hospitals for embarking on a strike action the

WHO approves world’s-first Ebola vaccine

BBC In a major step in the fight against Ebola, the World Health Organization (WHO) has approved the world’s first ever vaccine against Ebola. The drug, called Ervebo and manufactured by MERCK pharmaceuticals, was being used in an experimental phase in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ‘ But now the WHO says there is sufficient

Mudzi gold panner shot for demanding beer money back

By Mashonaland East Correspondent A Mudzi gold panner is battling for life in hospital after he was shot on the shoulder by a fellow panner for demanding back his $50 he had lent the gunman to buy beer. The shooter is now facing attempted murder charges and is on the run after police launched a

Ordinary Zimbabweans have borne the brunt of the govt-doctors' impasse

Govt deploys student doctors in hospitals as crisis persists

By Bulawayo Correspondent GOVERNMENT has deployed student doctors to help attend to patients as the crisis started by a strike action by junior doctors continued to affect Bulawayo’s major hospitals, Mpilo and United Bulawayo Hospital (UBH). The government this week dismissed 77 doctors who have defied its directive to end their crippling job action which

Millions in need of food amid worst drought in 40 years

Bloomberg About half of the Zimbabwe’s 14 million people lack reliable access to enough food as a result of the worst regional drought in almost 40 years, according to the Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube. The situation is compounded by cyclone-induced floods earlier this year and an economic collapse that have left the southern African nation