10 GREAT REASONS TO BREASTFEED YOUR BABY

Breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child.  Dramatic health benefits have been proven to pass from mother to child through breastmilk, from antibodies which protect an infant at birth...to the exclusive nutrients in mother's milk which have been shown to prevent a number of childhood diseases...the benefits are incalculable.  There is no other single action by which a mother can so impact the present and future health of her baby. Yet, in today's society, breastfeeding is often thought of as unnecessary.  Young mothers are mistakenly led to believe that formula does very well as a replacement for breastmilk.  It emphatically does not! Here are some of the reasons why you should breast feed your baby.

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A MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIDDEN HUNGER

The 2016/17 Promotion Season for high nutrient seed varieties was launched in style at Prime Seed Co Stapleford Trial site on 22 August 2016. This occasion was graced by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr. Parirenyatwa and the Principal Director in the Department of Research and Specialist Service, Mrs. Hikwa representing the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development, Dr. Made who was the guest of honor. Also gracing this occasion was Her Excellency from the embassy of Malawi. The technical officers from the two government Ministries, FAO staff, the Livelihood Food Security Programme (LFSP), DFID, Seed Producing companies that include Prime Seed Co and Zimbabwe Super Seeds, and Farmers from Silobela who joined forces as they celebrated a milestone in the fight against micronutrient deficiencies.

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Zimbabwe commemorates Kidney Day

Every second Thursday of March the world celebrates World Kidney Day and this year’s theme is ‘Kidney disease and obesity’.

Zimbabwe records 1 000 cases of kidney failure every year with only 700 accessing dialysis as a number of people cannot afford the lifesaving services. Kidney diseases are chronic and non-communicable. Kidney disease is also a silent killer, which largely affect the quality of life. About half of people who have diabetes develop kidney damage. Hence it is important to keep control of blood sugar level

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THE QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT POLICY AND STRATEGY

The Ministry of Health and Child Care established a Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement (QA/QI) Directorate under the division of Policy, Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation in 2010. Its mandate was to create a system for coordinating all health care related quality efforts under the ministry. This would include, creating platforms to ensure adherence to ministry standards where they are available, facilitating the development of standards where they were not available, as well as developing guidelines on how service delivery can be of the highest possible standards. This is in an effort to ensure that healthcare delivery not only meets, but exceeds the professional standards and client expectations.

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Annual Malaria Conference a success

The Honorable Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa officially opened the Annual National Malaria Conference at Cutty Sark Hotel. In his opening remarks Dr Parirenyatwa said, while Zimbabwe had scored high in malaria prevention, cross border collaboration between Zimbabwe and its neighboring countries is key to the country’s efforts to increase malaria elimination and to consolidate current achievements.

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