Health expenditure continues to dwindle

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. BY VENERANDA LANGA The amount of $25 that government will spend on each person this year is a drastic drop from $62 per capita in 2013 (World Health Organisation statistics) which government spent per person, and $58 per capita in 2014, as well as $48 per capita in 2011. The…

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CWGH Releases Position Paper On 2018 Budget For Health

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has released its proposed position paper regards the 2018 Budget for health requirements. Amongst other things, CWGH implored government to allocate at least 15% of the National Budget to health care in line with the Abuja Declaration target. “Empirical evidence has shown that a 1% increase in public spending on health care reduces child and maternal mortality rates while improving life expectancy. “To boost public spending on health without undermining fiscal sustainability government must explore a number of options for innovative domestic and…

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Health activists fret over second line ARVs

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged Government to prioritise the procurement of second line antiretrovirals whose availability has been affected by shortages of foreign currency.In a statement, CWGH executive director Mr Itai Rusike said if the situation is not addressed urgently, the country will end up losing some of the gains achieved over the years.The shortages will definitely compromise the health of about 35 percent of the estimated one million people on second line treatment as they will default on taking their medication.“Limited availability of ARVs impedes…

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‘Matapi flats should be destroyed’…David Parirenyatwa

Pressure is piling on Harare City Council to decisively deal with the perennial typhoid outbreaks with Health minister David Parirenyatwa calling for the demolition of Mbare’s Matapi hostels. This follows an outbreak of typhoid in the highly-congested hostels early this week with 21 cases detected so far. Parirenyatwa said he was shocked at the filth and poor services in the area. “There is uncollected garbage, overflowing raw sewage and no running water. This is a conducive environment for diseases like typhoid to thrive,” he said during a tour of the…

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