Gango Edition 21 | 23 Feb 17 | Dear Gvt, Doctors are (very) important

Patients are dying in hospitals, and the gvt is not acting, Use Social Media Effectively, and more
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Constitution of Zimbabwe on Health

76. Right to health care

1)    Every citizen and permanent resident of Zimbabwe has the right to have access to basic health-care services, including reproductive health-care services.

2)    Every person living with a chronic illness has the right to have access to basic healthcare services for the illness.

3)    No person may be refused emergency medical treatment in any health-care institution.

4)    The State must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within the limits of the resources available to it, to achieve the progressive realisation of the rights set out in this section.

Health remains a right, please ACT!

The current impasse between the government of Zimbabwe and its doctors should be speedily resolved as it continues to put the lives of innocent patients to the sword. Junior doctors at state hospitals embarked on an industrial action a week ago before senior doctors and consultants joined in the strike, citing three basic reasons, namely,
• That government honours its pledge to address doctors’ grievances from the 2014 strike,
• That government reconsider its announcement on post-internship employment, and
• That government put in place a mechanism for doctors to import vehicles for their work under a subsidized or relaxed duty regime.

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Doctors Speak on why they are on Industrial Action

Edgar Munatsi, the President of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) speak on the main reasons why junior doctors decided to embark on industrial action. Zimbabwean doctors working in public hospitals went on strike on February 18, 2017 to ask for a raise and better working conditions. It is disheartening, as you will hear in this podcast, that the government has decided to turn a blind eye to the plight of the doctors, despite there being fatalities recorded, lives lost, which could have been saved had the government been sincere in addressing the genuine grievances raised by the doctors.

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STORIFY; Lavish Celebration as the nation crumbles

Tuesday, 21 February 2016 President Robert Mugabe turned 93 years old, a birthday that was lavishly celebrated, gobbling a lot of the scarce much needed foreign currency in a country whose economy is on its knees. Zimbabwean activists and concerned citizens took to social media, especially Twitter to register their disgruntled in a show of reminding the Mr Mugabe to take not of and address the problems bedevilling the country.

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Social Media: A Key Component in Activism and Advocacy in Zimbabwe

flag yeyiHave you ever wondered if Social Media can be used effectively in your activism or advocacy campaigns right here in Zimbabwe? The answer is yes, as is alluded to in this blog post by a Zimbabwean Digital Strategist and Information Activist, read here how you can effectively use social media for your campaigns, with local examples on how to and how NOT to do it.

Social Media Technologies and Activism in Zimbabwe: A Success (and a Failure) Story



VIDEO: State of the Zimbabwean health system

WATCH video about the deteriorating state of health in Zimbabwe. Public health delivery system in the country has been rocked with a mirade of challenges which among other things include the medical staff industrial actions, drug shortages and the dilapidating infrastructure and equipment.

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Community Based Organization Profile

Platform for Youth Development Trust

PYD is a non-partisan and non discriminatory organization that was formed to act as a platform, network and bridge for the youth in all spheres of life to articulate issues affecting them, particularly issues relating to sustainable development, good governance and the rule of law in Zimbabwe. The organisation is non-profit making and legally registered as a Trust in October 2008, MA 984/2008. PYD operates in Chipinge.

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Communities in Action

Empowering young women through entrepreneurial projects

By Danny Nyamushamba

Young women from Chiveso village, Bindura District in Mashonaland Province are successfully running a fish project as a way of sustaining their livelihoods. The project is coordinated by Institute for Young Women Development Trust, a local community based organisation based in Bindura, and supported by an international organisation called IDEX with the main aim of strengthening young women’s voices in their communities.

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Challenges faced by youth entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe

By Cuthbert Mukora

In Zimbabwe, unemployment has become one of the most pervasive challenges faced by young people due to the socio-economic and political collapse that characterized the past one and a half decades ago. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the overall unemployment rate is over 95%. In this case, many young people have responded to the unavailability of jobs by starting up their entrepreneurial businesses in various sectors, especially the major ones that underpin the economy, namely tourism, agriculture, mining, and manufacturing, as well as other sectors such as information technology, cultural industries and services. However, these young entrepreneurs face a variety of constraints that hinder the growth and development of their enterprises.

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Africa in Focus

Kenya elections history – will 2017 make a difference?

By Killion Odidi (The Global Villages Network Kenya (TGVNK))

Kenya has grown so much as far as the electoral system is concerned. At First, they used “mlolongo” system whereby, voters would line up behind their preferred candidate. From that system they went to the secret ballot system whereby no one would know the person you voted for. It was made a secret. This system had challenges because some people would use the identification cards for dead people to vote for their candidates.

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Vacancy: Communication Officer (Innovations), Harare, Zimbabwe (readvertised)

The Communication Officer (Innovations) will be responsible for supporting a diverse group of technologists and programme staff both within UNICEF and among partners to assess, develop and integrate innovations solutions to support real-time monitoring, citizen's engagement, and cost efficiencies. More Information


Program Officer, Malaria Elimination, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

The Program Officer will provide direct day to day support to the provincial malaria team (PEDCO, PEHO, and other team members) to support execution of malaria strategies and activities. More Information
Population Services International in Zimbabwe: Research Student on Attachment (Harare)
Should be studying towards a Research and Statistics degree or related. email
Social and Behavior Change / Communication Officer in Zimbabwe
TMG is seeking qualified applicants with experience in implementing food security, nutrition, and agriculture programs such as Development Food Assistance Programs (DFAP) or Multi-Year Assistance Programs (MYAP) for the USAID Amalima Project. More Information
Senior Administrative and Human Resources Officer, Harare, Zimbabwe
The Senior Administrative & HR Officer will oversee the co-ordination and management of administration ,logistical support and human resources and provides supervision to the Administration and Human Resources team in national office, which includes Administrative Assistant and HR Officer. More Information

Ruth First Scholarship

The aim of the Ruth First Educational Trust is to enable southern African students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds to undertake postgraduate study at the University of Durham. Southern Africa is defined for this purpose as comprising the following countries: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Republic of South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. More Information



The APS invites private businesses, financial institutions, chambers of commerce, industry associations, private grant-making foundations, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and other private-sector organizations to identify and suggest ways we can work together to address key challenges in the developing world in a manner that advances our respective interests and objectives. In addition, the APS invites and encourages other types of organizations, including but not limited to prospective implementing partners, to engage and work with private sector partners to identify critical development problems and develop initial ideas about how we might work together to solve those problems. More Information


Promoting Rights and Accountability through Responsible Business Conduct

This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks opportunities to co-create, co-design, co-invest, and collaborate in the development, piloting, testing, and scaling of innovative, practical and cost-effective interventions to address human rights and anti-corruption in business activities globally. Addenda on specific topics may be issued under this BAA. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invites organizations and companies to participate with USAID to create more strategic, focused and results-oriented approaches to generate solutions to rights abuses and corrupt practices in global commerce, and form partnerships to target risks and prevent violations. More Information

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