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 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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Government must intensify measles awareness and vaccination campaigns

Government must intensify measles awareness and vaccination campaigns  Credit :Healthtimes The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has urged the government to intensify measles vaccination and awareness campaigns to prevent further deaths as the highly contagious disease continues to claim lives  countrywide. By Staff Reporter In a statement, CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said, “…the worrying statistics from the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) indicate that since the measles outbreak in Mutasa district in Manicaland province last month about 700 people, mainly from the religious sects that do not believe in vaccination,…

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Community health workers: Essential for health, under-valued by planners

Community health workers (CHWs) were key to Zimbabwe`s successful expansion of primary health care (PHC) in the early 1980`s. CHWs played a central role in closing the gap between public health services and communities at local levels, bringing health services outreach to communities, and facilitating community roles in the health delivery system. For example, CHWs and Community Based Distributors were instrumental in implementing the successful Zimbabwe Family Planning Programme, as they helped raise awareness on family planning methods such as condoms and combined oral contraceptives (commonly known as “The Pill”),…

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