Health in Zimbabwe

  • Buhari Among African Presidents Who Lack Faith in Own Health Systems

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/18 The Presidency, yesterday, drew back from joining the fray next President Muhammadu Buhari was listed by the BBC part African presidents who have "an apparent lack of faith in the health systems at home." The other presidents listed included Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Patrice Talon (Benin), Abdelaziz Bouteflika (Algeria), and Jose Eduardo dos Santos (Angola).
  • WHO lauds Africa’s progress in malaria, HIV control

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 The World Health Organisation (WHO), has commended the African region for making significant evolution in malaria control in the last five years. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, said malaria incidence and mortality rates had declined by 42 % and 66 % respectively between 2000 and 2015. Moeti made the commendation in Kigali, Rwanda, while speaking at the Initial Africa Health Forum, launched by WHO, Africa and the Government of Rwanda.
  • WHO Africa Health Forum App Leads the Way

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/16 You can meet the majority interesting people at conferences. If you can make your way through the sea of people to get to them. The initial Africa Health Forum organised by the World Health Organisation African region was no different - hundreds and hundreds of enthusiastic participants filling the Kigali Convention Centre in Rwanda, determined to find their way to universal healthcare (UHC) on the continent. The forum promised to examine WHO AFRO's vision for health and development across the continent, explore concrete ways for partners to contribute to the work of the organization, meet the challenges that young people face, and provide a platform to talk about innovative strategies for the public health challenges that Africa just can't seem to shake.
  • Zimbabwe’s prominent HIV/AIDS activist

    ZIMBABWE, 2016/10/01 Martha Tholanah, is passionate about working with minority communities with high prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The 51-year old tested positive for the virus in 2003. This marked the beginning of her fight against HIV/AIDS discrimination. "It was like a death sentence," she recalls. In Zimbabwe, sex workers and members of LGBTI community are often marginalized in sexual and reproductive health programs. But Tholanah says the fight against HIV and AIDS cannot be won if minorities are left out. "We talk of leaving no one behind, we have all these slogans, but we won't reach the targets set by the slogans if some sectors of the people are left behind because of their identity," explained the family therapy counselor. Tholanah established and headed health programs at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) and the Network of Zimbabwean Positive Women (NZPW+).
  • AIDS still number one cause of death in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2016/07/20 The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has disclosed that despite successes chalked in the fight against Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), a lot additional needed to be done particularly in Africa. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Anthony Lake, revealed that adolescents were generally dying of AIDS at an alarming rate and that the disease remained the leading cause of death in Africa.
  • Global Malaria Target Met Amid Sharp Drop in Cases

    BOTSWANA, 2015/09/22 Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 % since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 nations mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 % of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations statement released today. “World malaria control is one of the great public health success stories of the completed 15 years,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “It’s a sign that our strategies are on target, and that we can beat this ancient killer, which still claims hundreds of thousands of lives, mostly children, each year.”
  • Unicef, UN Health Agency Report Increase in Immunization Figures for World's Children

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/18 An increasing number of children are receiving life-saving vaccinations around the world, according to the new data released by two United Nations agencies. In a press release issued before today, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) confirmed that the number of nations reaching and sustaining 90 % vaccination coverage for their children with the required three doses of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines (DTP3) had doubled since 2000. In 2000, 21 million children did not receive even a initial dose of DTP, a figure that has presently dropped to 12 million, the WHO and UNICEF said.
  • Woman Sets Up 'Abortion' Clinic in Zimbabwe

    ZIMBABWE, 2013/11/23 A woman has caused a stir in the Temaruru area in Rusape next she set up an "abortion clinic" at her homestead which has resulted in the death of one of her clients and a still birth by an extra. Mrs Anna Rundora of Tsandukwa village by presently has a pending case at the Rusape Magistrates Courts where she is being charged for assisting a married woman, Senzikle Moyo, to terminate her eight months pregnancy. Mrs Rundora and Moyo both pleaded not guilty to unlawful termination of pregnancy at the same time as they appeared before Rusape magistrate Mrs Patience Madondo recently.