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Zimbabwe Health Minister chairs 71st World Health Assembly

Zimbabwe Minister of Health and Child Care Hon Dr. David Pagwesese Parirenyatwa will be co-chairing the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71).

Dr Parirenyatwa was elected to chair WHA during the 67th session of WHO’s Regional committee meeting, which took place in Victoria Falls last year.

The country is chairing on behalf of the African continent until the next World Health Assembly in 2019.

Dr Parirenyatwa will co-chair with Cameroon’s Minister of Public Health, Mr Andre Mama Fouda, who was elected first vice chairperson and Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Health and Public Hygiene Dr Raymonde Goudou Coffie elected second vice chairperson.


The Point of Care Early Infant Diagnosis machines bring hope to mothers

This Ministry of Health and Child Care program is supported by AFRICAID Zvandiri and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). 

POC EID is a program which focuses on testing infants exposed to HIV and AIDS at 6weeks, at the point of receiving care.

Speaking on the program the POC EID focal person for Matabeleland North province Perpetual Mthombeni pointed out that POC EID is a welcome development in managing HIV and AIDS in children.


Cancer Campaign to the churches

The first lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa is embarking on a countrywide cancer awareness campaign in churches around ZimbabweOn Saturday 15 April she addressed congregates at the Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church Passover Conference in Hwedza. She urged churches to take a leading role in the fight against cancer. 


Zimbabwe gets accreditation for the field epidemiology training program.

Zimbabwe was recently awarded accreditation for the Zimbabwe Field Epidemiology Training Program (ZimEFTP).


In 2017, the Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) global public health accrediting body conducted a site visit to assess the ZimFETP for accreditation. Following a weeklong intensive assessment, the program was recommended for accreditation.



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