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World Health Organzation (WHO) Representative in Zimbabwe presents credentials

Dr. Tiruneh looks forward to collaborating with the Government of Zimbabwe, the UN system, bilateral and multilateral partners, civil society, and the private sector to accelerate progress towards achieving health-related goals

Dr. Desta Tiruneh, the newly appointed World Health Organization Representative for Zimbabwe, officially presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Honorable Frederick Shava, marking the commencement of his tenure. His appointment took effect on 1 April 2024. Hon. Shava welcomed Dr Tiruneh and pledged the…

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Ramping up cervical cancer screening in Zimbabwe

Cervical cancer remains a significant public health concern in Zimbabwe, ranking fourth globally and regionally, with alarming incidence and mortality rates

Meet Mary Mungwere. She is a Village Health Worker (VHW) in Ringari Village, Makonde District and attached to Umboe Clinic.  When she received training for cervical cancer screening using HPV DNA testing in November 2023, Mary wasted no time in mobilizing her community through door-to-door interactions. Fast forward to today, Mary's…

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Scaling up Cholera Testing in Zimbabwe: Training Boosts Cholera Testing Rates in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe continues to respond to a cholera outbreak albeit on a downward trend of late

To ramp up testing for cholera in Zimbabwe, the World Health Organization (WHO) supported the Ministry of Health and Child Care with training of 986 nurses in antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) testing. This shift in responsibility, known as task-shifting, addressed the critical staff shortage at rural health centers. Additionally,…

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More than 2.1 million people vaccinated against cholera in Zimbabwe hotspots

The 2 303 248 vaccine doses were received in Zimbabwe in three batches, with the final batch of 66 612 received on 17 February 2024

Juliet Chikono, a resident of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is now relieved since she is among the more than 2.1 million Zimbaweans who were vaccinated against cholera in the single dose reactive campaign to curb the latest outbreak of the disease that has been reported in all of the country’s 10…

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Zimbabwe launches cholera vaccination to curb the spread

Target is to vaccinate 2.3 million people in most affected districts

Today, the Government of Zimbabwe launched a vaccination campaign against cholera, in collaboration with UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The first cholera vaccines were administrated by the Health and Child Care Honorable Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora during an event in Kuwadzana, one of the most affected areas of…

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Ramping up response to curb Zimbabwe cholera outbreak

Zimbabwe is responding to a cholera outbreak that has seen cases reported in all its 10 provinces

Forty-six-year-old Goodluck Moyo* from Chitungwiza, a town just outside the country’s capital, Harare, started feeling unwell after his day shift at work. “I suspect it was the water I drank while at work,” he says. “I got worse rapidly. I was rushed to the 24-hour clinic in my area, where…

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Decentralized cholera response: Bridging the gap in Harare's hotspot communities

Two new cholera treatment centers (CTCs) are now operational, strategically located at Highfields and Budiriro polyclinics

The recent surge in cholera cases has placed immense pressure on healthcare facilities, particularly the Beatrice Road Infectious Disease Hospital (BRIDH) in Harare. To alleviate this strain and ensure accessible treatment for all, the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Harare City Council with the generous support of the World…

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Empowering Communities: Health Promoters in Chitungwiza Undertake Comprehensive Training to Combat Cholera

The main objective of the training was to equip communities with effective cholera prevention and control practices to mitigate the disease's morbidity and mortality rates

Sheba Usanda, a dedicated community health promoter (CHP) at Zengeza Clinic since 2010, recently participated in vital training sessions on cholera prevention and control. The training served as a reminder that cholera, despite being controlled to some extent, continues to pose a significant threat, especially in hotspot areas like Chitungwiza.…

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Uniting Efforts to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in Zimbabwe

Communities must be empowered and actively involved in disease control efforts

Despite their prevalence and devastating impact on communities, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) often receive limited funding and scant media coverage. This neglect has fostered a vicious cycle of poverty, disease, and disability, trapping millions of people in a state of perpetual suffering particularly for women and children. Reversing this trend…

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Strengthening Data Analysis for Effective Cholera Mitigation in Zimbabwe

Rapid and accurate data analysis is crucial in understanding the spread of the disease, identifying high-risk areas, and implementing timely interventions

To bolster the fight against cholera and improve response activities, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) trained and equipped 54 health information officers with the necessary skills to analyze data effectively, enabling more efficient and targeted interventions. The training carried…