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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Allocate foreign currency towards ARV procurement – CWGH

THE Community Working Group on Heath (CWGH), has called on government to prioritise allocation of foreign currency towards the procurement of Anti Retro Viral medicines ARVs amid revelations of massive ARV stock outs at public health centres and pharmacies. CWGH Executive director Itai Josh Rusike said it was disheartening that Zimbabwe which over the years made tremendous gains in reducing HIV/AIDS related deaths through multi-sectoral efforts, is now experiencing a serious shortage of Abacavir – a second line ARV drug to the extent that people taking that drug are only…

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Zim’s public health spending lowest in Sadc

GOVERNMENT spending towards health this year averaged a measly $21 per person, a figure that is lower than $24 per person in 2016, the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has said. BY VENERANDA LANGA In its contribution to the 2018 National Budget consultations, CWGH said the per capita allocation towards health is one of the lowest in the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) region whose average spending on health per person is $146. “The per capita allocation stands at $21 down from $24 in 2016 and this implies that…

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Parliament To Boycott 2018 Budget Unless It Meets Abuja Target

The Parliamentary Portfolio committee on Health says it will not entertain a flimsy allocation of funds to the health sector in the forthcoming 2018 budget presentation unless the 15% Abuja target is met.This was said by Matabeleland North senator Sibusisiwe Budha-Masara at the Pre-budget review workshop organized by the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) held on Wednesday in Harare.“I think as a country, this is something that I would want Zimbabweans to consider even though there is little time for you to put your input into this budget. But…

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Harare Now an Ancient City…As Harare Tops In Typhoid Cases – Health Times

THE city of Harare now resembles an ancient town as it lacks the characteristics and requisites of a modern day city due to poor planning and recurrent diarrheal diseases like Typhoid and Cholera which were most prominent during ancient times.Typhoid was first discovered in 1880 in New York City but is also believed to have existed around 430 BC in Greece where it almost wiped out a whole army.Briefing a Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Public Dialogue meeting on Recurrent Outbreak of Typhoid and Diarrheal Diseases, Director for Epidemiology…

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