Health & Community

Health & Community

Communal savings help small-scale traders

By Lawrence Paganga LILIAN Masiye (27), an informal cross border trader, was in dire straits. After sales at her duvet stall plummeted, she applied for a bank loan to keep her business going, but it was not approved because she didn’t have a fixed salary or collateral. “It was emotionally disturbing,” she said. According to

Mohadi rallies Zimbabwe to shake off ‘litter policing state’ tag

By James Muonwa, Mashonaland West Correspondent FORMER state vice president Kembo Mohadi has lamented the unenviable status the country has earned over the years of being a “litter policing state.” Mohadi, who is ruling party Zanu PF second secretary, rallied citizens to self-regulate and avoid polluting the environment. “The days of having law enforcement agencies

CHRA condemns the reinstatement of the Pomona waste deal

By Paul Katanda The Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) has condemned the move by Local Government minister,  July Moyo, to reinstate the controversial waste to energy deal between Harare City Council and Netherlands based Geogenix BV company. The deal had been suspended by Harare mayor, Jacob Mafume on Thursday when councilors held a special meeting, where irregularities were cited. However, Moyo, in a statement,

INTERVIEW: Zim-born CEO and Founder of ROAR AFRICA, Deborah Calmeyer

BY As the CEO and founder of ROAR AFRICA, Deborah Calmeyer’s hazel eyes glisten when speaking of the African continent, showing both passion and emotion. Chatting via Zoom from her offices in New York, she tells Upscale Living magazine why traveling should form a cornerstone of one’s life. Deborah, tell us a bit about

No salary increase for Family Planning Council employees for 18 years

By Anna Chibamu ZIMBABWE National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) workers have gone for almost two decades without any salary increase, Parliament heard on Tuesday. This emerged during hearing of evidence before the Health Portfolio committee. The Zimbabwe Educational Scientific and Cultural Workers Union (ZESCWU), on behalf of the workers’ committee, had written to parliament raising concerns over

FEATURE: Dr Thistle; stone rejected by builders became a pillar

By Alois Vinga AFTER suffering three miscarriages and spending a fortune on genealogists, 31-year-old Harare based civil servant, Nyasha, had lost all hope of becoming a mother. But that changed when she heard of a dedicated team of medical practitioners running Karanda Mission Hospital in Mt Darwin, some 200 kilometres North of Harare. She was

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.

Harare ranked 4th on list of worst cities to live in Africa

By Agencies The Economist Intelligence Unit has released the list of 10 most livable cities across the globe as well as the world’s 10 least liveable cities. As in previous surveys, the report noted that living conditions in Lagos, Nigeria; Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea; and Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh are among

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