ZIMBABWE will this year spend a measly $25 per person on health, while government expenditure on health continues to fail to reach the 11,3% of Sub-Saharan Africa’s average, and 15% of the national budget as stipulated by the Abuja Declaration.
Despite the fact that cancer of the cervix is preventable, it is the commonest cause of death in women in Africa.
Health experts say in many parts of the continent, cervical cancers are not identified or treated until advanced stages due to insufficient access to reproductive health care services, effective screening and early treatment.
The Zimbabwe National Cervical Cancer Control and Prevention Strategy (ZCCCPS) (2017-2020) was launched by Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa, at the Gweru Provincial Hospital recently.
The Chirundu Border Post, Source: Newsday Zimbabwe
The prevalence and incidence of HIV and sexually-transmitted infections (STI) among workers and long-distance truck drivers in Chirundu is on the increase, with a local health centre attending to over six cases a week.
Health ministers meeting in Victoria Falls at the 67th World Health Organisation (WHO) African Region summit, which ended yesterday, have adopted a five-year framework to fight Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).
Women and AIDS Support Network (WASN) held a community dialogue on the 12 of July 2017 on access to information at WASN’s offices in Eastlea Harare. The objectives of this community dialogue were to ensure that women and girls have access to information on Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIAC) services and to assess the levels of information dissemination offered at clinics and hospitals.
As WASN is part of the ATI campaign being spearheaded by MISA, letters were written to the Director of City Health to enable WASN staff interview health personnel at Wilkins Hopital on the uptake of VIAC by women and girls, on 22 June, 2017. After the approval WASN had an opportunity to interview the Sister in Charge of VIAC services. Below are the officers who were present and what transpired thereafter.
With the high number of women affected by cervical cancer in Zimbabwe, the Women and AIDS Support Network (WASN) recognizes the need to complement increased awareness to current government initiatives.