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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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Helping children with clubfoot

Clubfoot is the world’s most common birth defect whereby a child is born with severely twisted foot downward and inward making walking difficult or impossible.

While it cannot be prevented, it can be corrected, and the treatment is inexpensive.

Children born with this condition need the right treatment gently realigning the foot to ensure they grow up being able to walk properly.

It is treatable, for babies who receive treatment on time.

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Project to scale up diagnosis and treatment of TB in children Launched

The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) and Unitaid launched the Catalyzing Pediatric TB (CaP TB) innovations project at Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital, Harare on 31 May 2018.

 

The CaP TB program will be running over the next four years and similar programs will be rolled out in Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Lesotho and India.

 

In Zimbabwe the project will operate in 20 pilot sites during the first two years of the project and an additional 30 sites in the last two years.

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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.

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Cholera

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Any patient age 5 years or more with severe dehydration or death from acute watery diarrhoea

If There Is A Cholera Epidemic: any person age 2 years or more with acute watery diarrhoea, with or without vomiting

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