Articles tagged 'who'

We won't shut down struggling embassies: Mzembi 29 October 2017 HARARE - Our News Editor Gift Phiri sits down for a wide-ranging interview with new Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi. Find below excerpts of the interview. Q: Congratulations on your appointment as Secretary of State. We are humbled that you agreed to this interview even after writing un...
Mzembi speaks on WHO furore 27 October 2017 HARARE - Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi says he has no regrets about his decision to lobby for the role of World Health Organisation (WHO) goodwill envoy for President Robert Mugabe and shall not be deterred from marketing the veteran leader by angry hecklers. In an exclusive interview...
Achieving universal health coverage in Zim 26 October 2017 HARARE - Recently Zimbabwe hosted the 67th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa in majestic Victoria Falls.  It was an uplifting experience to see all health leaders from governments in the continent and partners united. The leaders placed health of the people at the centre of d...
Mzembi to blame for Mugabe's humiliation 24 October 2017 HARARE - Without a doubt the decision by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to rescind its earlier decision to appoint President Robert Mugabe as its African ambassador for Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) is hard to take for the nonagenarian and his band of supporters. It leaves Mugabe embar...
Minister Mzembi in costly boob 24 October 2017 HARARE - Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi could be ruing his attempts to ingratiate himself with President Robert Mugabe after masterminding his short-lived appointment as the first ever World Health Organisation (WHO) African ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) ...
Zim must not evade WHO guidelines 21 October 2017 HARARE - Elsewhere in this edition, we report that Zimbabwe is pondering whether to increase hospital visits by expecting mothers to eight from the current four in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on antenatal care adopted in November last year that says pregnant women should ...
WHO appoints Mugabe global health ambassador 19 October 2017 HARARE - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday appointed President Robert Mugabe as a global health ambassador for Africa to help governments tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease. Mugabe, Africa's oldest ruler at 93, will work with national and ...
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...
'Govt must boost health research funding' 19 November 2016 HARARE - Government must commit more resources to health research if Zimbabwe’s wobbly health system is to assimilate traditional medicine into its health infrastructure and get the best of both worlds, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. This comes as the public health’s share of to...
Our water is WHO certified: Harare council 13 April 2016 HARARE - Despite misgivings by consumers that water provided by the City of Harare is not fit for human consumption, council is adamant that they meet the World Health Organisation (WHO) standards. Whenever there are thirsty many people in the capital now prefer water from other sources instea...
WHO wants full Zim ban on tobacco ads 1 February 2016 HARARE - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called for a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in Zimbabwe to prevent young people from starting to smoke. This comes amid damning new research claiming almost two in every 10 children aged between 13 and 15 in Zimbabwe w...
WHO heaps praise on ZHPA 7 December 2015 HARARE - World Health Organisation (WHO) has heaped praise on the Zimbabwe Health Professionals Authority (ZHPA) and called for closer cooperation to strengthen health systems so as to effectively address both communicable and noncommunicable diseases. “Non-communicable diseases are surpassing...
Focus on cancer prevention, govt told 21 June 2015 HARARE - World Health Organisation (WHO) has challenged the Zimbabwean government to focus on cancer prevention as the disease wreaks havoc in communities. David Okello, WHO’s country representative, said the situation was getting out of control and demanded more efforts towards averting new c...
New Ebola cases rise 12 February 2015 GENEVA - The number of new cases of Ebola has risen in all of West Africa's worst-hit countries for the second week in a row, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. This is the second weekly increase in confirmed cases in 2015, ending a series of encouraging declines. The WHO said on Wed...
Chaos as 'Ebola' corpse lands in Harare 5 February 2015 HARARE - There was pandemonium in Harare recently when grieving relatives “stole” the remains of a Zimbabwean woman whom local authorities suspect may have died from the dreaded Ebola virus in Conakry, Guinea late last year. The deceased, Tarisai Gombakomba, who was employed in Guinea as a dom...
1,3 million Zimbabweans mentally-ill: Govt 28 January 2015 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has said economic hardships coupled with drug abuse has significantly contributed to the increase in Zimbabweans suffering from mental disorders. An estimated 1, 3 million Zimbabweans have some form of mental illness, according to government data. ...
Ebola death rates 70% - WHO study 24 September 2014 GENEVA - New figures suggest 70% of those infected with Ebola in West Africa have died, higher than previously reported, says the World Health Organization. Ebola infections will treble to 20,000 by November if efforts to tackle the outbreak are not stepped up, the UN agency has warned. In ...
Ebola survivors' blood 'sold on black market' 18 September 2014 GENEVA - As hospitals in nations hardest hit by Ebola struggle to keep up, desperate patients are turning to the black market to buy blood from survivors of the virus, the World Health Organization warned. The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has killed at least 2,400 people in Guinea, Libe...
Ebola death toll passes 1,900 4 September 2014 GENEVA - More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. There have been 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. "The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries," WHO chi...
Raise tobacco tax to curb smoking: WHO 23 June 2014 HARARE - Raising taxes on tobacco is the most effective way to reduce use of the drug and save lives, a World Health Organisation (WHO) representative has said. David Okello, WHO representative to Zimbabwe, said high prices are particularly effective in discouraging young people, who often hav...
Cost of blood too high, says minister 16 June 2014 HARARE - The Health Transition Fund (HTF) is providing  16 000 units of blood annually to government to fight Zimbabwe’s high maternal mortality, but the cost of blood on the end user remains too high, a Cabinet minister has said. With blood retailing for $200 a unit on average, the 16 000 uni...
Bilharzia pandemic hits Mash Central 9 June 2014 HARARE - Health minister David Parirenyatwa has revealed that at least 60 percent of school-going children in Mashonaland Central Province have bilharzia. Parirenyatwa said the statistics are too high hence government has already begun carrying out a mass-drug administration in the province. ...
Zim won't achieve MDGs by 2015: WHO 31 January 2014 HARARE - Zimbabwe won’t achieve the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5, that relates to maternal health, by 2015. This was stated by World Health Organisation (WHO) representative David Okello in Harare on Wednesday. MDG 5’s goal seeks to reduce by three-quarters the maternal mortality rat...
Cases of domestic violence on rise 29 November 2013 HARARE - Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a 2013 WHO global study, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence. However, some national studies show that up to 70 percent of women...