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Promoting health through the life course

Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises

The Start Network, funded by the British, Dutch and Irish governments, is putting together a new financing facility to enable a faster and more coordinated response to droughts, and plans to test its model in Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The "drought financing facility" aims to combine contingency funds, insurance and new modelling technology to shift humanitarian response from reaction to anticipation, a spokeswoman said. "This will save more lives, livelihoods and assets, and significantly reduce costs”

June 12, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Typhoid resurfaces

Sixteen cases of typhoid have been reported with 14 in Harare, a weekly diseases surveillance report by the health ministry has indicated. Cumulatively, a total of 2,371 suspected cases of typhoid fever have been reported, with 78 confirmed cases and six deaths countrywide since the start of 2017

June 21, 2017
The Herald
June 20, 2017

Harare City Council should take blame for continued typhoid outbreak

Cases of typhoid continue to be reported in Harare with latest statistics from a weekly disease surveillance report (covering week ending June 4) from the Ministry of Health and Child Care indicating that 14 cases were reported in Harare

June 21, 2017
The Zimbabwean

South Africa suspends Zimbabwe chicken imports after bird flu outbreak

South Africa said it was suspending all trade in birds and chicken products from neighbouring Zimbabwe after it reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm

June 8, 2017

Zimbabwe reports H5N8 bird flu at poultry farm: OIE

Zimbabwe has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a commercial poultry farm in Mashonaland East province, the World Organization for Animal Health said. The virus was detected on a farm with 2m birds in Lanark and killed 7,845 animals. Another 75,155 birds were culled, the Paris-based OIE said, citing a report from the Zimbabwe’s livestock and veterinary services

June 2, 2017

Hundreds dead in Zimbabwe malaria outbreak

A malaria outbreak linked to devastating floods has killed about 200 people in beleaguered Zimbabwe. The 194 casualties have been recorded from a cumulative figure of 134 223 reported cases since the flooding began in January. The areas suffering the aftermath of flooding meanwhile are at risk of outbreaks of the typhoid situation currently tormenting the capital Harare and nearby districts where five deaths have been recorded from over 1 900 cases.

April 8, 2017
April 9, 2017
Sunday News

Zimbabwe floods 'cause spike in malaria cases'

Health authorities in Zimbabwe are stepping up the distribution of anti-malarial drugs after 151 malaria deaths were recorded during the last two months. Overall, the health ministry said, there have been 89,261 cases of malaria recorded. The regional outbreak is due to the incessant rains in recent months

March 27, 2017
News 24, Koaci.com, Enca, Africa News

Zim issues new malaria alert

Zimbabwe is finding it difficult to contain disease outbreaks in the country with health officials reporting 89,000 new cases of malaria and 151 malaria related deaths in the past two months

March 18, 2017
Daily News

Health systems

Parirenyatwa bemoans high blood user fees

Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa has said blood user fees continue to be a thorn in the flesh of the government, as many patients at public health institutions cannot afford to access the product due to high costs. “To the surgeon, blood products are key and many times doctors have had to cancel patients for theatre because of failure to secure blood, which most times is a prerequisite for the anaesthetists to put patients to sleep,” he said. Parirenyatwa said in 2016, the blood user fees were reduced from $135 a unit to $100 for government hospitals and from $160 to $120 for the private hospitals, which was a huge improvement

June 16, 2017

Zimbabwe's struggling health system leans on unsung heroines

As Zimbabwe’s health service has buckled amid low levels of public funding and a government freeze on hiring medical staff, volunteers have stepped up to take the strain. Home-based carers can be found across Bulawayo, where they work with local clinics to monitor TB and HIV patients making sure they take their medicine as prescribed

March 1, 2017