Articles tagged 'tb'

Pharmacies reject medical aid cards 7 October 2018 HARARE - Most pharmacies in the country are refusing to issue drugs  to patients on medical insurance, the main doctors’ association said yesterday, leaving thousands to pay cash. Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) executive director Calvin Fambirai said the economic down...
Zim runs out of TB drugs 26 August 2018 HARARE - Zimbabwe is running out of stocks of fixed dose combinations (FDC) drugs for the intensive phase of treatment of tuberculosis (TB). According to a statement by the ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), the drugs in shortage are those used in the first two months of TB treatment. ...
Staff deaths put Zim's TB battle in spotlight 19 September 2017 HARARE - A United States government health agency,  Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is moving to stem staff deaths from  tuberculosis (TB) in hospitals which are being under-reported, highlighting Zimbabwe’s growing struggle to contain the contagious, air-borne disease. Despit...
Chingwizi villager's battle against drug-resistant TB 26 March 2017 HARARE - Takura Chinguwo from Chingwizi holding camp in Mwenezi is fighting not only a war against a strain of drug-resistant TB, but also a battle to obtain a strictly regulated new medicine that could save his life. In February 2014 after the immense Tokwe-Mukorsi Dam basin flooded following...
Parly grants Global Fund tax immunity 28 December 2016 HARARE - Paliament has granted the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) immunity from taxation, penalties and fines, and would be protected against any freeze or seizure of its resources in Zimbabwe. The Senate unanimously ratified the international treaty on Decem...
Bid to cut cancer deaths 28 December 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is launching an audacious effort to try to reduce cancer deaths and improve early detection of the disease. Government was mulling offering medical resources in the national budget for the cure. This emerged after Manicaland senator Anthony Chimhini asked government to urg...
Fruit-flavoured drugs to slash TB deaths 27 December 2016 HARARE - More children are likely to survive tuberculosis (TB), the leading infectious disease killer, after Zimbabwe announced it plans to introduce new strawberry and raspberry-flavoured medicines in January. TB killed 10 percent of Zimbabwe’s children last year, according to the World Healt...
BCG (TB) vaccine in short supply 25 May 2016 HARARE - Zimbabwe is experiencing yet another shortage of the BCG vaccine meant to protect new-born babies from contracting Tuberculosis (TB), a snap survey conducted by the Daily News has revealed. This has put thousands of babies born in the past two months at risk of contracting the disease...
Lack of funds hits HIV/Aids, TB programmes 10 August 2014 HARARE - The Health and Child Care ministry received meagre funds from treasury in the first six months of 2014, stymieing the fight against HIV/Aids and tuberculosis, a government official has said. Ministry representative Davis Dhlakama said this while presenting the mid-year budget performa...
Tsholotsho villagers wary of MSF pull out 6 July 2014 HARARE - People living with HIV and tuberculosis (TB) patients in rural Tsholotsho who have been benefiting from the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Spain programme are panicking over the imminent departure of the organisation that had transformed their lives. MSF Spain which supplies HIV and T...
Call for home-based care for drug-resistant TB 18 May 2014 HARARE - Many children wail when they receive an injection, but Tanyaradzwa Mungare,3, is braving months of injections. “Tanya”, as he is affectionately called, has to receive an injection at least six days every week. On top of the daily jab, Tanyaradzwa has to swallow a combination of fiv...
Drug resistant TB cases surge 18 March 2014 HARARE - The tuberculosis scourge in Zimbabwe shows no sign of respite with the number of multi-drug resistant cases rising across the country, a preliminary research paper says. Experts now fear reversal of successes registered so far against MultiDrug Resistance Tuberculosis (MDR TB). Thi...
Poverty scuttling TB fight 11 December 2013 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa says interventions to stop the spread of tuberculosis (TB) are being scuttled by poverty. Parirenyatwa said poverty has become a co-partner with HIV in stimulating TB. “Resurgence of tuberculosis in the modern era is mostly fuelled by poverty and ...
Harare decentralises TB care, treatment 16 September 2013 HARARE - Harare City Council has moved to decentralise the treatment of tuberculosis (TB), with all 12 polyclinics equipped not only to initiate patients on HIV treatment, but also to prescribe for and monitor TB patients, a city health official has said. Prosper Chonzi, the city health servic...
More money needed to fight TB : MSF 5 April 2013 HARARE - More investment is essential in the fight against tuberculosis (TB), including addressing barriers preventing research into better drug combinations and treatment, says Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) official. MSF Head of Mission in Zimbabwe Paul Foreman says last year alone they h...
TB survivors speak out 24 March 2013 HARARE - Leonard*(not his real name), only had an appetite for alcohol and cigarettes. As he wasted away, he continued going to the bar, with his sagging pants threatening to expose his rear. A man in his late 30s, Leonard called binge drinking his career. He continued to drink even after being d...