Merck Foundation CEO Named Africa’s Most Influential Woman

The CEO of Merck Foundation and President, Merck More Than a Mother Dr Rasha Kelejhas been featured in the list of 100 Most Influential African Women 2020, released by ‘Be a Girl’ Initiative, for the second time as she was selected to be One of Most Influential African Women by New African Magazine, UK, 2019. https://100women.avancemedia.org/2020-honourees/ Rasha Kelej has been recognized for her efforts through Merck Foundation programs to train thousands of African doctors, to support African communities during Coronavirus lockdown and to empower girls in education so that they…

New movie “Shaina” delivers powerful health messages through a compelling story about young Zimbabwean  

After the Success of “Inside Story” and “Lucky Specials”, USAID Collaborates with High Profile Zimbabwean Actors to Deliver a Unique Coming-of-Age Story Harare, 21 August, 2020 – As part of a media initiative to empower adolescent girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the production of the feature-length film, Shaina, premiering on ZBC-TV on August 21 at 9PM and 23 at 10PM.  Shaina brings together the best of Zimbabwe’s known talent, including Jesesi Mungoshi, Leroy Gopal, Edmore Sandifolo, Marian Kunonga, and Charmaine Mujeri, alongside a host…

Merck Foundation To Train More African Oncologists

HEALTHDAILY, HARARE—MERCK Foundation has opened a second round of its cancer treatment fellowship and masters degree studies to Zimbabweans. This is being coordinated in partnership with Africaan First Ladies is meant to improve cancer care through training for a Masters Degree alongaide a one, two and three year oncology fellowship. Zimbabwe is among the 26 African countries to be given this opportunity which will see 80 doctors from these nations getting trained. The philanthropic organisation said in a statement they continue to provide one, two- and three-year Oncology Fellowship and…

Merck Foundation Releases Song For COVID-19 Frontline Health Workers

MERCK Foundation has released a track to motivate, support and express gratitude to African frontline medical workers in the fight against the menacing COVID-19. At a time when morale is low coupled with fatigue from working non-stop to save lives of those infected, the Foundation led by Dr Rasha Kelej, the CEO teamed up musicians from across the continent. Dr Kelej and One of 100 Most Influential Africans started her own idea of creating an inspiring pan African song called ‘My White Army’ which aims to thank the doctors and…

Are Security Personel Turned Environmental Health Technicians

THE Health and Child Care Minister last month announced that they will be engaging the services of Uniformed Forces to collect as much Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) samples of up to 1000 a day. An average of 350 samples are diagnosed for the disease daily with March 29 Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 Situation Report announcing eight testing positive. Common duties of environmental health technicians include collecting samples of water, soil, waste and animal matter; transporting and documenting samples; verifying code and regulatory compliance; investigating complaints; preparing and maintaining records; and other duties as needed. This…

COVID-19 Can Be Beat By Revisiting The One Health Concept

FOR this world to revolve on its axis flawlessly without any glitches, it needs One Mind, a United Force, caring for it and nature within as God intended. The word care is similar to that of nurse, and tend. It took many generations to be reminded of the need to do as tasked in the beginning. Lest I digress further, what I am talking about is the One Health Concept. As we care or nurse or tend for human health so should we for the environment and animals. We all…

Canada Based Zimbabwean Activates Youth Platform To Tackle Coronavirus

A Canada based Zimbabwean has created an online platform meant to connect Zimbabwean youths in the diaspora especially at a time when the world is battling coronavirus disease codenamed COVID-19. Mike Taurai Viriri  the brainchild of a platform called Zim Youth Connect initiative of connecting Zimbabwean youths globally for developmental ideas such as Social, education, culture, creativity, arts and other opportunities. Mike roped in his younger brother Malcolm Viriri aka Major and Ngoni Mashoko all based in Canada,and his father, the Ndiwe wandidoda hitmaker Tinos Viriri better known on the…

Prince K Musarurwa Of Runonzi Rudo Fame Dies

AFROFUSION crooner Prince Kudakwashe Musarurwa has died. He was 31. He hogged the limelight with the smash hit Runonzi rudo featuring his niece Pamhidzai Tracy Mbirimi aka Pah Chihera. Musarurwa passed on after a long battle with lung cancer at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital. “Words fail me at this present moment and time but I feel I owe it to my sekuru and best friend to be strong and announce the sad passing after battling cancer. Nhasi Rima rauya pamusoro pedu semhuri….ko pasina imimi sekuru vaOnyi, ndinozove chii. Shamwari….Handina mashoko asi…

Dobba Don’s ‘Crystal Meth’ Video A Marketing Gimmick For His New Song

By Kudakwashe Pembere IT’S no secret that the local music industry is as cut throat as any on the globe. Artists have to be genuinely innovative in their marketing campaigns to acquire the fame or fortune desired. But in Zimbabwe, musicians are struggling to attain or maintain both. It would be amiss if I said I didn’t see this coming! I would really be lying. Three days ago, I posted on my facebook account that Dobba Don’s video was probably a marketing gimmick. That is no longer an assumption but…

Byo Diva Decries Sexual Exploitation

By Tafadzwa Rusike Gondo and Kudakwashe Pembere BULAWAYO Afrofusion diva Linda Nyauchi better known as Lee McHoney bemoans the ‘pervy’ behaviour of male counterparts in the showbiz pleading with them to stop exploiting females. With many female musicians striving to etch their names onto the cutthroat music industry, they fall prey to males who supposedly have big names. She is one of the many victims in the showbiz where males’ heads are filled with the notion of bedding female musicians in exchange for assistance. names. In an interview, the sultry…