Media Awards Invitation

The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) invites journalists to submit fresh stories on public health,maternal, child and sexual reproductive health rights for publication in an on-line magazine that will be published at the end of May 2017. As discussed in earlier meetings, each journalist is invited to submit one well-researched, balanced and well written story on health issues to do with public health, maternal, child and sexual reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe. The stories must be between 500 and 800 words. Pictures must accompany the stories. A small stipend…

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CWGH National Annual Meeting and AGM

CWGH 23rd National Annual Meeting and AGM CWGH 23rd National Annual Meeting and AGM The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) is holding its 23rd National Annual Meeting and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 16th and 17th of November 2016 respectively at the Rainbow Towers Hotel in Harare. The meeting will run under the theme “Leaving no one behind in National Health: What should Zimbabwe’s contribution be?” The CWGH will use the opportunity to review national health issues of concern and propose strategies for enhancing the health sector and…

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CWGH nominated to influential national health committees

CWGH nominated to influential national health committees The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has nominated the CWGH to the National Maternal Deaths Surveillance and Response (MDSR) committee and the National Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH-A) following the organisation’s sterling work in improving maternal and child health in Zimbabwe. Some of the functions of the MDSR committee include reviewing maternal deaths reported in the last quarter as captured by the MDSR system and HMIS with the aim of assessing timely identification, notification/reporting, review and response as…

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Health experts warn over SDG targets achievement failure

Health experts warn over SDG targets achievement failure September 26, 2016 HEALTH experts have warned that Zimbabwe might fail to achieve its health sustainable development goal (SDG) targets as long as funding for the health sector remains below 15% of the national budget. by VENERANDA LANGA Itai Rusike, executive director of Community Working Group on Health (CWGH), said there was need to increase the health sector budget next year to deal with the disease burden, access to health facilities by all, address health sector human resource challenges, and deal with…

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Myriad of problems compound Harare Central Hospital’s woes

OPPOSITION parties and health stakeholders have reacted angrily to the deteriorating standards of healthcare in the country, with some calling for a complete overhaul of the entire ministry presiding over the decay. BY PHYLLIS MBANJE Harare Central Hospital relies on on revenue from paying patients, but 40% of patients constitute the elderly and toddlers who are treated for free The health crisis in Zimbabwe is deepening and taking on a frightening plunge, with shocking reports that the country’s largest referral hospital, Harare Central, has run out of critical and basic…

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Towards community centred health care June 5, 2014 Musah Gwaunza Health Centre Committees are a mechanism through which community participation can be effectively integrated to achieve a sustainable people-centred health system at the primary care level. In recent years there has been a shift from centralised management of government structures towards more devolved models that have seen community members being empowered to contribute to the development of their communities. More recently, the community share ownership schemes have seen community members being active in decision-making in line with resource allocation on…

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Primary health care concerns mount

Primary health care concerns mount November 27, 2011  Speaking at CWGH’s 18th national meeting last week, the organisation’s executive director Itai Rusike said there was potential for rebuilding Zimbabwe’s health system from the bottom up. “Putting in place a national PHC strategy, backed by clear service entitlements, with resources effectively applied to community and primary care levels of the health system could be an entry point to wider PHC oriented changes,” said Rusike. “And for the communities and local health workers, it’s a matter of common sense to address health…

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Cancer advocacy budget wins plaudits

Cancer advocacy budget wins plaudits  Wendy Muperi • 9 January 2014 HARARE – Government has won plaudits for allocating funds for cancer advocacy in the 2014 National Budget. Itai Rusike, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, said the allocation was a positive development. “A new line item, Cancer Advocacy has been allocated $500 000,” Rusike said in a post-budget analysis, describing it as a positive development in government’s latest financial plan. Junior Mavu, Cancer Association of Zimbabwe (Caz) general manager, said the country will have to maintain the…

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