Concerns over amendments to the Health Services Act.

Credit : Newsday THERE are fears that the recently signed Health Service Amendment Act could trample on the rights of health workers. Speaking to NewsDay, Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike  said the Act is neither democratic nor consultative. He said workers in the public health sector  are now disadvantaged in several ways, since now they cannot strike and bargain collectively. “It is unfortunate that health workers are caught in the middle of a system that is slow to respond to their needs and ethical pressures not…

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Call for equitable health access

Credit Venessa Gonye : Zimbabwe Independent HEALTH experts have called for equitable health access for marginalised groups such as rural people, women and children. This comes as the world yesterday commemorated the International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, which falls on December 12 annually. Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said a country’s health system should work for everyone regardless of their financial status. “Equitable health coverage puts women, children, adolescents, and the most vulnerable first because they face the most significant barriers to essential care. We…

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2023 Health Budget insufficient

HEALTH experts yesterday said Finance minister Mthuli Ncube’s $473,8 billion budget allocation towards the provision of health care services was grossly inadequate to fund the sector’s critical needs. Ncube announced a $4,5 trillion budget on Thursday with 11% going towards health. Community Working Group on Health executive director Itai Rusike said the health sector remains grossly underfunded. “The health budget remains grossly inadequate to fund the critical needs in the health sector,” Rusike said. “The current health financing model remains unsustainable as it heavily relies on external financing as well…

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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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