Health Service Commission holds first QMS meeting

Addressing the Health Service Commission (HSC) Heads of departments during the first QMS Management Review meeting, the Acting Secretary to the Commission Mr Anglebert Mbengwa underscored the need to improve and uphold quality standards of operations.

The meeting follows concerted efforts in a journey towards ISO certification including the development and implementation of QMS standard operating procedures and awareness among other areas in line with ZWS 9001:2015 requirements. The attainment of ISO certification will see the Commission improve on its operations and efficiency in fulfilling its mandate.

HSB embarks on employee satisfaction survey

The Health Service Board is embarking on an Employee Satisfaction Survey which seeks to establish the overall employee satisfaction levels within the Health Service, to measure Health Workers commitment and motivation to the Public Health Service delivery ,assess the effectiveness of the current monetary and non-monetary remuneration framework in motivating Health Workers and assess the efficiency of policies and procedures governing the administration of conditions of service and industrial relations in the Health Service.

The Consultant, EP Industrial Psychological Services accompanied by officials from the Health Service Board are visiting all provinces in the country to gather the data.

It is envisioned that the survey will assist the Health Service Board to come up with strategies of improving conditions of service for the health Workers to reduce attrition of the health personnel in search of the better standard of living and quality of life.

HSB eyes ISO certification

The Health Service Board Secretariat led by the Acting Executive Director Mr Angelbert Mbengwa are attending a 4 -day training workshop in Bulawayo for Quality Management Systems (QMS) documentation in an effort to attain ISO certification.

In his official opening remarks, Mr Mbengwa said he was happy with the progress that the Health Service Board had taken to attain ISO Certification.

“This workshop follows series of ISO meetings held in various places in an effort to meet all the required paperwork and standards necessary for us to attain ISO certification,” said Mr Mbengwa.

He reiterated the need to uphold quality standards in day-to-day service provision at the workplace.

Speaking on the same occasion the ISO Management Representative Deputy General Manager Ms Tryfine Rachel Dzvukutu said her team will not tire until the attainment of ISO certification.




The Health Service Board and Ministry of Health and Child Care in conjunction with the World Health Organisation conducted a comprehensive analysis of the country’s health labour market analysis which seeks to align with the National Development Strategy (NDS1) and the Vision 2030 in an effort to provide quality health services. The workshop which was held in Bulawayo aimed at developing evidence-based training and human capital plan that reflects on the population needs and the health systems capacity.

Since the health workforce is at the centre of every health system, their knowledge, skills, attitudes and motivation become critical for them to deliver quality health services to those in need. This contributes to improved health outcomes and the well-being of the population.

Officially opening the workshop, the Acting Executive Director Mr Engelbert Mbengwa said he was delighted that the exercise convened not withstanding other commitments at different work stations.

“I am delighted that we have managed to find time to convene for this important exercise, notwithstanding other crucial commitments at our work stations. This is an important workshop which commences the implementation of a comprehensive HLMA for Zimbabwe after the successful conduction of a partial HLMA piloted in 2021, targeting specialist health workers’’. Mr Mbengwa said

WISN – Main Study Report

The Health Service Board (HSB) and Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) would like to extend its gratitude and appreciation to all representatives of various organisations and individuals who made invaluable contributions before, during and after the implementation of WISN in Zimbabwe. We are grateful to the Health Development Fund and Treasury for funding the WISN Study in Zimbabwe. The study was successful owing to the technical expertise and guidance provided by WHO Country Office working with the Afro Regional Technical Team.

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Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health

According to a new study by Researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education, and Pennsylvania State University, it was found that, one in six parents allow their children to drink booze by the age of 14.

The study also found that light or moderate-drinking parents were just as likely to let their children drink alcohol as heavy-drinking parents.

It suggests that many parents are misguided by letting their children consume alcohol at a younger age in an attempt to teach them to drink responsibly.

Although the results of the study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, notes that just 2% of ethnic minority parents said they allowed early drinking

Given Christmas is a time when wine is often shared at the dinner table, the researchers were keen to point out that while having better educated parents is generally a protective factor, previous studies have shown that starting drinking at a young age means children are more likely to fail at school, have behaviour issues and alcohol and substance problems when they become adults.

The analysis was compiled from data on 10 000 children born at the turn of the century from the Millennium Cohort Study.

It found that 17% of parents in the UK have allowed their children to drink by the time they were 14.

In the survey, 14-year-olds themselves were asked whether they had ever tried more than a few sips of alcohol, with almost half saying yes.

When they were 11, about 14% had done so.

The study’s lead author, Jennifer Maggs, said: “Parents of socially advantaged children may believe that allowing children to drink will teach them responsible use or may in fact inoculate them against dangerous drinking.

However, there is little research to support these ideas.

“While social disadvantage predicts many long-term health problems, parents of socially advantaged children appear to view alcohol use as less risky.”

Official medical advice recommends that children don’t drink alcohol until they are at least 15.

The NHS says: “Drinking alcohol can damage a child’s health, even if they’re 15 or older.

Invest in your health as it is your true wealth

Invest in your health as it is your true wealthGood health is a form of complete physical, mental and social well-being – when both your body and mind are functioning well and in unity. Being healthy is very important and necessary to effectively do your day to day activities. Physical health starts with a healthy diet filled with nutrients, minerals and vitamins, a consistent exercise routine as well as generally taking good care of yourself. However, practicing good health is not a process which is based on your physical well-being only. Other components of health include emotional health, mental health and spiritual health. The combination of a healthy body and mind benefits job, sports and general performance.

An unhealthy lifestyle is triggered by consuming excessive amounts of calories and refined and processed carbohydrates as well as the lack of exercise amongst others. Weight gain increases the risks of developing illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes. Creating an exercise routine that meets your personal requirements and taking part in physical activity is one of the key components of practicing good health. With so many sporting and exercise activities available, there is no need to pile on the kilos. Staying active and keeping fit is one of the best preventative methods available.

Set realistic goals such as eating a well-balanced diet, being physically active daily, even if it means that you’re going for a 20-minute walk, going for regular health check-ups, getting enough sleep and managing your stress.

Graffiti cements HIV/AIDS fight

Visiting American graffiti artist Maxx Moses worked with 10 local artists to design messages of hope and awareness on HIV/AIDS at the walls of the Bulawayo National Gallery and Madlodlo Beer Garden. The collaboration was testimony that creativity is key to the fight against the spread of HIV. “AIDS is a disease that is sexually transmitted, right, so if you are going to engage in the act of creativity, and wait to engage you get tested so that you create from a pure space,” said Maxx during an interview soon after the dedication of the murals on World AIDS Day. “If we are going to engage in that aspect of creativity it keeps you away from negative activities, when you aspire all you want to do is create, when your mind is focused on creativity you don’t focus on the negative, it creates a vibration,” said Maxx.