Brief Post Budget Analysis 2023 CWGH

  The 2023 Health Budget allocation of only 11% has remained largely uninspiring given that it has not addressed the critical issues that we raised in our Pre-Budget position paper. It falls far short of the Abuja Declaration Target of 15%. Unfortunately the health budget remains grossly inadequate to address the critical needs in the health sector such as the current exodus of health workers, drug shortages, inadequate ambulances, and obsolete equipment. The inadequate public financing of the health sector has resulted in an overreliance on out-of-pocket and external financing…

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CWGH Annual General Meeting Link for Network Members

Dear CWGH Network Members, Greetings. I hope you are well This communications serves as a reminder to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Members of CWGH virtually today – Thursday, 24th November 2022 from 1000hrs to 1230hrs. Please see below the meeting link https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_ZDlhYTI0NTctMjI5NC00ODBmLTg4ZjYtYWVjYzIzOWE4NjJh%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22f5411472-d0f4-44eb-a8d4-b429984cea85%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22c028a3af-6e8c-4760-9ff2-cf5a7f2640f5%22%7d   AGENDA OF THE NATIONAL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING To receive, consider and adopt the: · Minutes of the previous AGM · Annual report by the Chairperson · Annual Audit Report by the Treasurer · Election of the Executive Committee BY ORDER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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CWGH Press Statement for World Pneumonia Day – 12 November 2022 – Harare, Zimbabwe

Theme: Fighting Pneumonia an Agenda for Action Zimbabwe successfully implemented Primary Health Care since its independence in 1980. As a result, impactful programmes with a deliberate focus on maternal and child health greatly improved health indicators for mothers and children up to 2000. Slackening of this momentum was caused by several challenges; notably the structural adjustment programmes of the 1980’s, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, sustained under funding for health, (below the 15% Abuja target of government budget to health), management and governance problems, all resulting in marked decline in…

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Feature: Surviving breast cancer in today’s environment

Credit: Newsday SIMBISAI Chiume (not real name) still recalls the distressing events of 2009 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. For several women diagnosed with cancer in Zimbabwe, it sounds like a death sentence, but Chiume’s experience with cancer displays the possibility of survival if treatment is administered early. She has lived as a cancer survivor for 13 years, and she narrates her ordeal for the benefit of other women. “As I was taking my regular bath in 2009, I observed a small hard lump on one of my…

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‘93% Zimbos have no health insurance’

Credit Newsday :  By Miriam Mangwaya and Harriet Chikandiwa ABOUT 93% of Zimbabweans have no access to health insurance due to high poverty levels in the country, while only 7% can afford private health services. This came out during a stakeholder engagement meeting on revitalising primary health care in the country to promote universal health coverage which was hosted by the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH). The country largely depends on external funding for its health financing. “Currently, only about 7% of Zimbabweans have access to medical insurance and this number is…

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Schools May Become Hotspots For Measles – Health Expert

Health experts have expressed that schools may be superspreaders of measles, with the disease spreading rapidly countrywide since it was detected in Mutasa District on 10 April this year. As of 6 September 2022, the Ministry of Health and Childcare had recorded 6 551 cumulative cases, including 4 633 recoveries and 704 deaths across the country. Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president Enock Dongo told NewsDay that there is a high chance of measles spreading like a wildfire in schools. He said: There is no guarantee for safety, especially in rural…

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