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Chinese Doctors Hailed

 Chinese doctors hailed

The Ministry of Health and Child Care officials have met with Chinese specialist doctors who are on a yearly interval medical missions to Zimbabwe under a bilateral agreement between the two governments.

Speaking at a welcome reception held in Harare today, The Principal Director Curative Services in the Ministry of Health and Child care MR Sydney Makarawo expressed satisfaction with the work that the medical team has done so far and hailed the long and cordial relations that exist between the two countries.

The nine specialists have been in the country since June this year.

“It is gratifying to note that China is one of the few countries that still provide medical specialists to Zimbabwe.

“I have heard that you are working very well. We appreciate that you have come to assist and should get back to us if you encounter any problems during your stay here and at work,” said Mr Makarawo.

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I am living proof that MDR-TB is curable

After losing a family member to tuberculosis (TB), Tinashe Mubirira says he has beaten the odds by surviving it himself.

The 16-year-old Mubirira says when he was diagnosed with the bacterial lung disease his life became a battle and his biggest fear was death.

“I had shortness of breath and always had to isolate myself from my family and friends,including my other two siblings and also the community because I needed to get well”, he said.

Mubirira was diagnosed with TB in 2015.
“It wasn't easy to accept that I had TB because my mother died from it in 2013. I was also scared that I might die because of it.”
Mubirira spent weeks in hospital and soon after that he started the multi-drug resistance treatment.
Two years later, he was cured.

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First lady amai Auxillia Mnagagwa, a woman of great honor

The First lady amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is a woman of virtue, is humble and thinks of other people first, according those who have worked with her.

She has vowed to fight against death and wants to see an improvement in the fight against diseases like cancer and HIV.

Amai through her charity organization Angel of hope, is assisting the less privileged in society and has travelled the length and breadth of this country mobilizing women for cancer screening.

Through her outreach services the Ministry’s screening program literally shot through the roof.

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Health Financing Policy Launched

The Minister of Health and Child Care Honourable Dr. David Parirenyatwa recently launched the first ever Health Financing Strategy, which when implemented will increase health sector domestic funding as well as improve access to quality health for all citizens.

He encouraged all stakeholders to be involved and work together in addressing the current and future challenges that hinder health financing in Zimbabwe and to make a Universal Health Coverage a reality for the country.

“As we move towards operationalising this policy, I urge all stakeholders to work together with the Ministry to make Universal Health Coverage a reality for Zimbabwe.” said Dr Parirenyatwa.

He said the Ministry has developed the first Health Financing Policy: “Resourcing Pathway to Universal Health Coverage”, 2016-20126, to address the myriad challenges bedevilling the health system.

"The Health Financing Policy will address the issue that health insurance covers less than 10% of the population; an out of pocket expenditure of over 39% of all health expenditure leading to financial impoverishment for many Zimbabweans.” He said.

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Men urged to prioritise family planning methods

First lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has called upon men to be involved in family planning methods saying they should assist women to choose and access methods of family planning particularly those meant for men like vasectomy.

The first lady stated that the uptake of long and permanent methods is still very limited and is estimated at 11 percent of the modern contraceptive prevalence rate total an indication that there is still more work to be done in raising awareness regarding family planning information.

Addressing delegates at the launch of the Population Services the first lady hailed the relationship between population services Zimbabwe (PSZ) and Swedish Inter development cooperation agency (SIDA) saying it bridges the gap and addresses challenges faced by women in accessing modern family planning methods and resources.

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