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 in particular community participation in health. The CWGH is a strong advocate of primary health care and preventative health, and strengthening district health systems.

A Study To Enhance Transparency And Accountability In The Management Of Health Related Issues In The Extractive Industries

A Study To Enhance Transparency And Accountability In The Management Of Health Related Issues In The Extractive Industries

CWGH with support from OSISA is undertaking this study in order to describe the current mining practices in Southern Africa including, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambiuque, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Namibia with a special focus on community participation in mining. In this work, CWGH seeks to conduct a review of the use of health, social and environmental responsibility approaches to promote health-related actions in the operations of extractive industries – particularly relating to the health status of communities affected by the extractive industry. The review includes the effect of extractive industries on the health of surrounding communities, people employed in the industry and direct investment by extractive industries in health infrastructure and services for the communities they operate in through corporate responsibility.
The objectives of this work are:
I. To identify and analyse tools or mechanisms that are used to monitor the health impact of the mining sector in Zimbabwe.
II. To identify organizations which are directly or indirectly involved in the monitoring of health issues in the mining industries.
III. To propose areas for further research in an effort to understand the extent to which mining activities impact on the health of workers and communities.

Zimbabwe’s Infant, Maternal Mortality Rates Drop

Credits: Voice of America

The United Nations is reporting huge improvements in Zimbabwe’s prenatal, newborn and maternal health care over the past five years.

However, the U.N. Children’s Fund says the survey indicates that Zimbabwe must continue working to improve health standards.

According to research findings released Friday, Zimbabwe’s infant and maternal mortality rates have declined by 20 and 36 percent, respectively, since 2009.

The number of pregnant women who received prenatal care increased from 57 to 70 percent, while mothers accessing care after giving birth had soared from 27 to 78 percent.

The UNICEF research was funded by the European Union and the government of Zimbabwe.

Much of Zimbabwe’s progress is due to assistance from a multinational fund dedicated to improving health care for mothers, newsborns and young children.

Despite these encouraging results, UNICEF’s chief representative in Zimbabwe, Reza Hossaini, says it is still too early to say all is well with early child care in the southern African country.

“Let us keep in mind that, yes, we have won battles here and there,” said Hossaini. “We have bent the [trends of] maternal mortality, but we have really not won the war as yet. These gains cannot be sustained and further progress cannot be made if we lose our focus from those strategic choices that we have made, now that we know they have delivered positive results.”

Two of those strategic choices were investing in the health sector’s human resources and making sure that the country maintains adequate supplies of necessary drugs.

Failure on those fronts was the major undoing of Zimbabwe’s health sector over the past two decades.

It was only after organizations such as the U.S. Agency for International Development and the European Union poured in money that the situation changed.

Optimism

Itai Rusike, who heads the Community Working Group on Health, an organization fighting for all Zimbabweans to enjoy health care, expressed optimism about the UNICEF report.

“Generally it is a good report,” said Rusike. “It gives us hope in the sense that the indicators are kind of improving. But this report has to be linked up to what is happening on the ground.”

But he added there a dire need for better water and sanitation in most parts of Zimbabwe persists. More than 30 percent of Zimbabweans still do not have access to safe drinking water, the research showed, and Rusike said the real number is likely higher than that, since most water taps in urban areas are dry.

Dr. Gerald Gwinji, permanent secretary at Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health, is more upbea, calling the new health report one that gives the country a sense of direction.

“We now have to work on issues of quality and equity,” he said. “These survey results are going to be one of our pillars of our next health strategy, and the next step is to do a bottleneck analysis [of the] ministry of health and child care. This will help to determine where to focus to help further improve on our health indicators.”

Gwinji said Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality rate — 614 deaths in every 100,000 pregnancies — and infant mortality rate of 75 per 100,000 are still too high. He says further investment can reduce those losses.

Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic Persists in Harare Amid Continued Water Woes

Credits: Voice of America November 02, 2009 10:26 AM

Cholera infections continue to occur in Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, and in the nearby satellite town of Chitungwiza, despite a steep decline in other parts of the country, according to the latest World Health Organization report on the nine-month epidemic.

The WHO reported 105 new cases in Harare, Chitungwiza and the Harare suburb of Budiriro in the five days through Monday, though listing no new deaths. But the Harare region has accounted for 19,232 cases and 653 deaths since the epidemic began in late 2008.

Cases nationally totaled 97,795 resulting in 4,265 deaths from the disease.

WHO attributed the persistence of the cholera epidemic in the capital region to disruptions in the local water supply and continued unhygienic disposal of waste.

Executive director Itai Rusike of the Community Working Group on Health told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the capital region risks another major outbreak of cholera when heavy rains resume in September.