Zimbabwe's healthcare system has collapsed. Life expectancy is the lowest in the world. Dead bodies accumulate in hospital mortuaries or are buried hastily and surreptitiously in rural areas by poverty-stricken family members. The most recent estimates suggest that between 3,000 and 3,500 die every week from HIV-related diseases although some people believe the numbers are significantly higher. And biblical problems of plague, starvation and its attendant diseases such as kwashiorkor are rife.
Harare - SEVERAL malaria-prone areas throughout Zimbabwe will receive 100 000 mosquito nets from Population Services International (PSI) over the next six months.
PSI country director Mr Michael Chommie said Mt Darwin, Rushinga, Gokwe North, Gokwe South and Mudzi were some of the malaria-prone districts that would receive the nets.
He was speaking at a belated Africa Malaria Day commemoration at Dotito High School in Mt Darwin at the weekend.
"In the next six months we will distribute 15 200 nets to Mt Darwin, 8 800 to Rushinga, 14 800 to Gokwe North, 32 000 to Gokwe South, 3 …
The Ministry of Health in Kenya has sounded an alarm on the increase of malaria and tuberculosis (TB) cases in Kajiado District.
Area public health officer, Paul Tikolo, said malaria prevalence had shot up to 27 per cent from 23 per cent in 2004. Infection rate of TB, he said, stood at 3 per cent from 2 per cent last year.
"We have been forced to come up with special TB manyattas at the district hospital so that the patients can complete their dosage," he said.
He said many people in the area failed to complete medication.
Zambia's, Roll Back Malaria campaign will now gain the support of government, international donors and the nongovernmental organisations, (NGO) in their fight against Malaria.
The aim is to reduce malaria deaths by 75 percent within the following three years in order the break the deadly circle that claims so many people's lives.
The initiative, Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA), will act as an example for other countries in the region to refer to or indeed to follow.
International donors include the World Bank, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the …