Second Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage conducted in Barcelona

13 August 2015

The second WHO Advanced Course on Health Financing for Universal Coverage for Low and Middle Income Countries took place in Barcelona, Spain from 8 to 12 June 2015. A total of 54 participants from 31 countries came together for this one-week-long training course to discuss how health financing policy can be used to improve health system performance in support of the goals of universal health coverage. The course focused specifically on the context of low and middle income countries and complements the Barcelona Course on Health Financing which focuses on the WHO European Region. More details available here Health Financing Course

Effects of the Supreme Court Judgment on Health

29 July 2015
Effects of the Supreme Court Judgment on Health

Several thousands of employees in the country have lost their jobs and therefore livelihoods less than two weeks after a Supreme Court ruling that allows employers to terminate contracts of employment upon issuing three months’ notice to their employees without paying retrenchments packages. The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) is a network of civic/community-based organizations that aim to collectively enhance community participation in health in Zimbabwe, while promoting governance, social accountability and the social determinants of health. We therefore identify with the anxiety and the various stresses of the affected employees who did not expect to lose their jobs at such a short notice and therefore were ill-prepared to face the effects of unexpected financial and occupational loss.

Doctors speak out against Mudede utterances

17 July 2015

The Zimbabwe Society for Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ZSCOG) has spoken out against utterances by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede that women should not use hormonal contraception because they were “harmful”. PHYLLYIS MBANJE/ VENERANDA LANGA The society said it was concerned by the “unfortunate announcement” which contained erroneous conclusions based on “dubious scientific information”. “It is bound to cause confusion, alarm and despondency among women who are currently using hormonal contraception,” the association said.

UHCD Press Release

23 June 2015

12th of December 2014, first-ever UHD International DayUniversal Health Coverage network to be launched in Africa on UHC Day •Universal Health Coverage aim to ensure everybody access to the health care needed no matter of their income and without the risk of financial ruin due to its cost. •To move the continent toward UHC health budgets need to increase and out of pocket payment need to be abolished.

Male involvement in community care crucial

23 June 2015
Male involvement in community care crucial

Mr. Itai Rusike For long, community based voluntary work has been a reserve for women. From the days of the popular “mbuya utsanana” the trend continued with Community Home Based Care (CHBCs) givers and Village Health Workers being dominated by female volunteers. Although there is a wide range of voluntary community activities a number of them revolve around health and HIV/AIDS.

HIV self-testing enables individuals to test themselves for HIV in private

23 June 2015
HIV self-testing enables individuals to test themselves for HIV in private

Total elimination of HIV is a herculean task for the government and its development partners as it calls for innovative approaches in HIV prevention, treatment and care. As the world is working towards the finalisation of the post-2015 development agenda, partners in HIV and AIDS programming have agreed to an era that will see nothing less than ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 with the year 2020 and its “90-90-90” strategic targets being the litmus test.


We are a network of civic/community based organizations who aim to collectively enhance community participation in health in Zimbabwe. The CWGH was formed in early 1998 to take up health issues of common concern. The approximately 40 organizations in the CWGH include national membership organizations that have branches across the country, while others have areas-specific membership (such as the residents associations). The CWGH was registered as a trust in 2002 and transformed into a Private Voluntary Organization (PVO) in 2014, Registration No: 01/2014. CWGH has district level chapters in about 40 districts across Zimbabwe.

"This was a very useful course for civil societies, too. CSOs tend to be associated as just noise makers, but we also need to be sophisticated. We need this kind of capacity building to be able to engage us to a higher level, such as policy makers, government officials and other stakeholders in health delivery systems...etc. This course definitely empowered us [to advocate UHC]. “ ... Read More

Shared Responsibility Global Solidarity FFD3‬, CWGH Executive Director Mr. Itai Rusike with the Zimbabwe Secretary of Economic Planning and Investment Dr Desire Sibanda in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Health Assembly in Geneva

Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director and Coordinator Africa Civil Society Network for Universal Health Coverage, Mr Itai Rusike...

Health Matters 2015

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