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Vanessa Gonye

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About Vanessa
Vanessa Gonye is a journalist based in Harare, Zimbabwe. She is currently focusing on print journalism, with health reporting being the major area she covers. She is however an all rounder and can take up any task at any given time. Vanessa has a passion for grassroots reporting and loves traveling to marginalized communities to bring out issues affecting them and putting them on the map.
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Harare water: Government provides ZWL$9 billion for chemicals

09 Jan 2024
The Zimbabwean government has released ZWL$9 billion to the Harare City Council for a month's supply of water treatment chemicals, fulfilling its promise to assist with the city's water purification needs. Despite the funding, the amount falls short of the US$1.5 million required monthly. Harare faces severe water shortages, leading residents to use potentially unsafe water sources and increasing the risk of waterborne diseases. The government has also committed to drilling more boreholes to mitigate the water crisis, exacerbated by the destruction of wetlands.

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article is a personal account of the author's struggle with type 1 diabetes since their diagnosis on July 20, 2007. The author describes the initial misdiagnosis of a wound, the eventual discovery of diabetes, and the subsequent challenges faced, including managing their diet, the high cost of insulin and medication, and frequent hospitalizations. The author used to take NovoRapid and Lantus insulin but had to stop due to the high cost. They highlight the lack of awareness and government support for diabetes in Zimbabwe, comparing it unfavorably with the attention given to HIV/AIDS and cancer. The article also references data from the South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition about the prevalence and economic impact of diabetes in Zimbabwe.

19 Feb 2023

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The Harare City Council is considering the implementation of a waste management and clean water model introduced by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). This model has been successful in providing clean drinking water and effective waste collection in Mbare and Southlea Park, areas previously known as cholera hotspots. Mayor Jacob Mafume praised the MSF projects for constructing 72 water points and expressed the need for a new water source for Harare's growing population. The city's last dam was built in 1976, and current waterworks are outdated. MSF's project, which began in 2015, has focused on groundwater solutions, waste management, and disease prevention. Recently, three boreholes in Harare were closed due to typhoid contamination but have since been reopened with new chlorinators.

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article tells the harrowing stories of two young girls, Shungu Mufudzi and Alice Svumani's daughter, who were raped and impregnated by relatives and a neighbor, respectively. Despite reporting the crimes, justice has not been served, and the perpetrators remain free. The victims have received support from organizations like the Rozaria Memorial Trust and Musasa Project, with backing from the UNFPA. The article highlights the increasing cases of minor abuse in Zimbabwe, with a focus on the ineffectiveness of the police and the government's response to the crisis. Women's Affairs minister Sithembiso Nyoni is quoted on the statistics of rape and domestic violence, emphasizing the severity of the issue.

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
Vanessa Gonye from NewsDay interviews Agnes Mahomva, the COVID-19 chief coordinator in the President’s Office of Zimbabwe, discussing the country's response to the pandemic since its onset in 2020. Mahomva highlights the 'whole of government and society' approach, strong leadership, and the collaborative efforts in addressing health systems and challenges. She notes Africa's preparedness due to past experiences with outbreaks and a younger population. Despite recent spikes in cases, Mahomva emphasizes the importance of vigilance and vaccination, which has seen over 58% of eligible individuals receiving their first dose. She predicts that COVID-19 will become a manageable disease but stresses the need for continued vigilance and institutionalizing best practices. Funding challenges are acknowledged, with a focus on collaboration across sectors. Mahomva also touches on her previous role with the PMTCT of HIV under the Elizabeth Glasser Paediatric AIDS Foundation.

Kidney patients go through a lot as they try to get treatment. The economy makes it even worse for them but they fight and never lose hope.

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article tells the personal stories of individuals in Zimbabwe who have been battling kidney disease and undergoing dialysis treatment. Nhamo Save and Vasco Mukunangana share their experiences with the challenges and side effects of dialysis, including financial strain and physical exhaustion. The government hospital, Parirenyatwa, has reduced dialysis fees to make the treatment more affordable. The Ministry of Health and Child Care notes that Zimbabwe sees 1000 new cases of kidney failure annually, with only 700 able to access dialysis, often due to cost. The article also touches on the prognosis for dialysis patients and the importance of managing conditions like diabetes to prevent kidney damage.

Kidney patients go through a lot as they try to get treatment. The economy makes it even worse for them but they fight and never lose hope.

19 Feb 2023  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The article tells the personal stories of individuals in Zimbabwe who have been battling kidney disease and undergoing dialysis treatment. Nhamo Save and Vasco Mukunangana share their experiences with the challenges and side effects of dialysis, including financial strain and physical exhaustion. The government hospital, Parirenyatwa, has reduced dialysis fees to make the treatment more affordable. The Ministry of Health and Child Care notes that Zimbabwe sees 1000 new cases of kidney failure annually, with only 700 able to access dialysis, often due to cost. The article also touches on the prognosis for dialysis patients and the importance of managing conditions like diabetes to prevent kidney damage.

28 Aug 2019

28 Aug 2019

28 Aug 2019

28 Aug 2019

28 Aug 2019  |  NewsDay Zimbabwe
The government has declared a state of emergency in Harare due to a cholera outbreak that has resulted in over 20 deaths and more than 2,000 hospitalizations. A primary school in Glen View has been closed after two students died. The outbreak has spread to other suburbs and regions, including Chitungwiza, Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo, and Mashonaland Central. Health Minister Obadiah Moyo criticized the Harare City Council for poor sanitation management, which has contributed to the spread of the disease. Measures are being taken to combat the outbreak, including the setup of makeshift clinics and educational drives. The situation in Masvingo is reportedly under control after a single fatality last week.

28 Aug 2019

28 Aug 2019
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