Health

  1. Endemic within a pandemic: fears of diarrhoea in Mutare amid COVID-19

    The never-ending problem of poor sanitation and overcrowding in most of Mutare’s districts threatens an outbreak of cholera and diarrhea. Residents fear possible cholera/diarrhea outbreak will lead to an endemic within a pandemic and they want the authorities to act fast. This comes at a time when the city and the country at large are…

  2. Communities’ resistance to COVID-19 vaccination

    Tinde Ward 18 in Binga is an example of one of the communities in the country that are resisting being vaccinated for COVID-19 with the reasons for many community members driven by misinformation, lack of information, distrust, and a general disdain for western medicines. Compared to its neighbours, Zimbabwe has had an organised COVID-19 vaccination…

  3. Sewer burst leaves residents in Ward 17 Hobhouse in dilemma

    In Ward 17 Hobhouse, Mutare, residents are at risk of water-borne diseases emanating from a sewer burst. The eruption, which occurred about two months ago between Matan and Mushamukadzi, has still not been attended to. Children in that area are exposed to diseases as they innocently play in the dirty water. Moreover, the sewage burst…

  4. Access to clean water remains a challenge for residents of Gimboki

    Access to clean water remains a pipedream for many residents of Dangamvura especially those residing in Gimboki. Women and children spend hours in long queues, at the two communal water points, to fill up a few containers. Altercations, shouting, and cursing is a daily ritual as people jostle for a chance to fill up their…

  5. Persons with disabilities demand improved health funding

    The right to health is guaranteed under section 76 of the national constitution of Zimbabwe. Yet, this right is not fully enjoyed by people living with disabilities (PWDs). According to Mr Dzveta, from Tariro Trust, an organization that advocates for the rights of PWDs in Mutare, people with disabilities are looking forward to a 2021…

  6. Residents of Mutare cry foul play over hike in water tariff

    Among the key protocols reported to be effective in the control of the spread of COVID-19 is frequent washing of hands with soap and under running water. Access to water among residents in Mutare, Zimbabwe, has been difficult in the midst of the pandemic. Prudence Sauriri, a female resident of the Mutare District in Zimbabwe,…

  7. The existence of Covid-19 is questionable for some

    As the Covid-19 pandemic took over the world, we have been asking marginalised communities about how they were hearing about Covid-19, what they were hearing and what their perception was. This report shared by Virginia gives an insight into one elderly woman in rural Zimbabwe. Mbuya Mangezi is an elderly widow above the age of…

  8. Child-marriage in Zimbabwe: a crisis within a pandemic

    In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, child marriage is a silent crisis raging on in Zimbabwe. Angela Saurombe (not her real name),16, is now a part of the tragic national statistics as one of hundreds of young Zimbabwean girls who will not return to school to write this year’s university entrance examinations. Angela hails…