Health & Community

Health & Community

Masvingo records first cholera case

By Staff Reporter MASVINGO residents have been thrown into panic after the city recorded its first cholera case on Monday amid a health hazard posed by constant sewer bursts and poor public health management. Zimbabwe has recorded nearly 1 700 cholera cases since the outbreak was reported in February. The outbreak has spread in the

WHO donates cholera supplies to enhance Zimbabwe’s outbreak response

By Vivian Mugarisi HARARE: The World Health Organization (WHO) donated cholera kits and medical supplies to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in Zimbabwe as part of ongoing efforts to combat the cholera outbreak. The kits, procured with financial support from United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDC) and WHO, include

A miner carries a load of ore at Manzou Farm in Mazowe, Zimbabwe on April 5, 2018. PHOTO | AFP

Activists warn Zimbabwe of resource curse in oil search craze

By Kitsepile Nyathi, The East African HARARE – The rush by exploration companies searching for oil and gas deposits in northern Zimbabwe has raised concerns over possible neglect of the environment, with activists fearing that lack of accountability will spawn a resource curse. Invictus Energy, a firm listed on the Australia Securities Exchange, announced last

Apostolic sect women defy religious teachings to save their children

By UNICEF ‘I JOINED a secret base to save my children from dying. The church that I go to does not allow the vaccination of children. Apostolic Women Empowerment Trust (AWET) helped me, especially with how to care for my children. All my children received BCG, polio and measles vaccinations,” says Anna Kanyati (not her

Church leaders, traditional healers the biggest buyers of endangered vultures for ‘spiritual war chest’ – new study reveals

By Darlington Gatsi SPECIAL birds are slowly facing extinction in the face of a huge demand on the illegal market which is precipitated by traditional healers and church leaders clamour, a latest survey has revealed. Birds, particularly vultures have flooded markets as traditional leaders and church pastors make a beeline for purchase. Parts of vultures are superstitiously believed to possess powers

KARIBA: Sex for fish rocks resort town

By Agencies The famous resort town of Kariba is grappling with a trend that is increasing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Sex workers have turned to trading their bodies for fish, jeopardising the Zimbabwean government’s ambitious goal of ending AIDS by 2030. The National AIDS Council (NAC) expressed deep concern

Sweden injects US$5.8 million to support child protection programs in Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter THE Swedish embassy has injected US$5.8 million to support child protection programs in Zimbabwe through United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The ambassador of Sweden in Zimbabwe Ms Asa Pehrson and UNICEF representative in Zimbabwe Dr Tajudeen Oyewale signed the funding agreement, Tuesday in Harare. The funding will be used primarily in Binga, Chiredzi,

Health hazard looms in Kwekwe as vandals target pump stations

By Staff Reporter A health hazard is looming in Kwekwe City following vandalism of the city’s pump station infrastructure. Speaking during a recently held full council meeting Kweker Acting Chamber Secretary Athunus Chidzurira said council is putting in place security measures. This comes after thieves tied up a security guard manning Woodlands pump station and

Innovative approaches to adolescent health promotion in Zimbabwe

By Tatenda Chimbwanda Harare, Zimbabwe – The World Health Organization (WHO) recently conducted a five-day national coordination team training in Harare, Zimbabwe, to address the growing burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country and across the continent. The training focused on equipping representatives from Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe with the

Textbooks turn learning into joy in rural Zimbabwe

By Farai Mutsaka/UNICEF MUREWA, Zimbabwe – Farirai Gatsi, a Grade Seven pupil at Muneno Primary School in Zimbabwe’s Murewa district, walks about five kilometres to be at school by 6.30 am and is usually among the last to leave. She uses the extra time to join a group discussion or scour textbooks for information that may

Free Legal Clinic set for Bindura

By Staff Reporter NEWLY set up Zimbabwe National Lawyers Forum (ZNLF) will be holding a public lecture on the Marriage Act and inheritance laws at its first free legal clinic in Bindura.  The legal clinic will be held at Chipadze High School on Saturday where practising lawyers are expected to share legal advice with the

Cholera ravages 14 African countries; 3 288 deaths recorded

By James Muonwa CHOLERA outbreaks in 14 African countries, including Zimbabwe, have so far claimed a total 3 288 people. A cumulative 160 756 suspected cholera cases and 3 288 deaths have been recorded, reflecting a Case Fatality Rate of 2,1% as at April 4, 2023. As a result, the local response mechanism has been

Zimbabweans turn to real estate amid economic uncertainties

By Xinhua HARARE: For most Zimbabweans, becoming a homeowner is the ultimate dream, as real estate is considered to be a key economic resource and a perfect hedge against inflation plaguing the nation, a trend that has led to a boom in construction in the southern African country. “You find that there are people who

Govt clamps down on ‘backyard brewers’ as fake booze booms

By Reuters HARARE: Inside a grimy, poorly lit room in Mbare, one of Zimbabwe’s most populous townships, a 45-year-old man sits on a makeshift stool as he pours a brownish liquid into small bottles. An alcoholic stench fills the room. The Mbare resident is one of Zimbabwe “backyard brewers” who are making fake whiskies, brandy,

Labour casualisation: a thorn in the flesh for mine workers

By William Milasi MINE workers have expressed grave concern over the rampant casualization of labour within the sector. In an interview, Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) secretary general Justice Chinhema said his organisation is pushing for the review of the outdated collective bargaining agreement (CBA). “As we are pushing for the amendment