Glen Norah councilor sets up development committee

Glen Norah councilor sets up development committee

Glen Norah A councillor Herbert Gomba has formed a ward development committee in a bid to engage residents to be part of various development projects in the suburb.

“The development committee we have set up will work with different stakeholders in developing the suburb and address all the grievances raised by the residents which the city council is supposed to deal with,” said Gomba.

Committee members are drawn from different fields of profession and these include Barbson Mupfiga from Combined Harare Residents Association, Juliet Masiyambiri from Harare Residents Trust, Chimutanda - a school teacher, Mapfumo - a youth representative, Muchazepi from Harare Residents Trust, Admore Guzha – the district officer, Georgina Kaseke - a resident and the local councillor.

Juliet Masiyambiri who is a resident and also part of the committee said the move was a positive development which will ensure issues affecting residents are directly put forward to relevant authorities.

Simbarashe Moyo of Combined Harare Residents Association (CHRA) also welcomed the development. He had this to say; “...this move is a step in the right direction and if properly handled, it has the potential to improve service delivery in the suburb.”

Mwana Wedu fundraising function tonight

A Glen Norah community - based organization, Mwana Wedu, will this Friday (tomorrow) hold a fundraising dinner dance meant to raise funds to assist poor children and orphans in the suburb.

Chief event organiser Daniso Phiri said the fund raising event will bring resources needed to care for over 3000 poor children in need of medicines, HIV tablets and other pressing needs. “Mwana Wedu will on Friday host a dinner dance at Glen Norah A Roman Catholic Church from 5pm where we expect people to come in their large numbers to fundraise towards assisting lives of poor children in Glen Norah and Highfield. We invite all people to come and help in this regard. Most of these children are orphans who are also HIV positive and this calls for collaborative efforts from communities and other stakeholders,” said Phiri.

Mwana Wedu was established in 2010 to take care of needy children aged below 18years whilst also helping those above this age to engage different income generating projects such as poultry and dress making. The organization is also responsible for about fifty children attending different universities in this country. Their contact number is 0775249802.

HIV activists set up health service delivery committees

The Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Activists Union Community Trust (ZHAAU-CT) is setting up HIV and AIDS health service monitoring committees throughout the country to monitor the availability of anti-retroviral therapy (ART) services in health care centres.

The organisation’s president Stanley Takaona told Talking Harare the move will help raise awareness on possible drug shortages as well as other challenges faced by HIV positive people.

“As people who have recovered from HIV–related illnesses through ARVs services, we have seen it prudent to monitor provision of HIV–related health services by setting up grassroots structures that will monitor and report challenges faced by HIV positive people in accessing drugs and also bringing to light issues of stigma and discrimination at clinics and hospitals,” said Takaona who started taking ARVs more than 10 years ago.

The ZHAAU - CT leader lamented the issue of user fees in public hospitals which he said were still a major challenge affecting HIV positive citizens. “We are still engaging with health authorities in that issue which remains a challenge and we hope very soon if the economy improves they (user fees) will be relaxed,” he added.

Health care centres charge between $3 and $6 on HIV patients when they visit to collect their medication.

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