1 in every 5 people has AIDS in Matabeleland

1 in every 5 people has AIDS in Matabeleland

By Michael Gwarisa AT least one in every five people in Matabeleland region is HIV positive, official statistics have revealed. Addressing a Media Forum organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) in the capital Harare, National Aids Council (NAC) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation Amon Mpofu said the Southern region has been the hardest hit with Matabeleland South recording the highest prevalence. “Among adults aged 15 to 64 years, prevalence of HIV varies geographically across Zimbabwe, ranging from 11.4 percent in Manicaland to 20.1 in Matabeleland North and 22.3…

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New Public health Act hangs in limbo

New Public health Act hangs in limbo

By Michael Gwarisa NON Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and civic society organisations are clamouring for the speedy finalisation of the Public Health Act proposal which has been stuck in the Attorney General’s office for more than two years. Unlike other Acts such the Land Reform Act which saw parliament deliberating overnight towards the speedy adoption of the bill which culminated into the execution of the land reform program, approval and deliberation of the proposed Health amendment act has taken longer than usual. Briefing Journalists at a Media Workshop organised by the…

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Zimbabweans urged to take IP seriously

Zimbabweans urged to take IP seriously

By Michael Gwarisa INTELLECTUAL Property (IP) experts have implored Zimbabwean businesses and entrepreneurs to seriously consider protection of their ideas and inventions for their businesses to become profitable. Speaking at a Media Forum on Intellectual Property Rights and Access to treatment organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), IP expert Simbarashe Makahamadze said most local companies were losing out on serious business as their work and inventions is easy to duplicate due to lack of protection of their brands. “Intellectual property rights are like any other property rights,…

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