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Govt to roll out ID-linked COVID-19 passports to curb fake certificates

It’s coming with some sturdy security measures.


Parirenyatwa & Higher Life Foundation offer free COVID-19 testing for students

Free testing for students from 08:00 to 15:00.


COVID-19 daily vaccination schedule and locations

The City of Harare has, in a tweet, announced the COVID-19 vaccination schedule and locations from the 25th to the 28th of February 2021


Applications are now open for online digital health accelerator

The Next Health Accelerator is looking for startups with solutions in the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) sector.


Cassava subsidiaries Maisha & Vaya join forces to deliver medication

Cassava Smartech’s Vaya and Maisha Health have joined forces to deliver medication.


Review of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare – 5 things to note

Review of Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare enteprise solution, 5 things to note for any institution looking to make it part of its healthcare delivery system.


Distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in Zimbabwe is going to be a nightmare

There are a number of variables that are going make distributing the 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses around Zimbabwe an absolute nightmare.


COVID-19 SMS updates, a good measure to keep everyone informed

The COVID-19 SMS updates that we have been receiving are making sure that everyone knows whats going on regardless of what device they have.


Zimbabwe is getting 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

The Advanced Procurement Commitment (APC) through Africa CDC has revealed Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 vaccine doses and procurement cost.


Zim duo working on AI based COVID-19 diagnostic system

Zim duo of Pardon Mukoyi and James Murombo are working on a CADx and AI based COVID-19 diagnostic system that uses X-Ray images.


Full Text: Vice President announces additional lockdown measures

The Vice President has, in a speech, announced additional lockdown measure to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases.


5 things to include in Zimbabwe’s next 5-year digital health strategy

The Ministry of Health and Child Care is currently working on a digital health strategy. Here are 5 things that should be included in it.


Cimas has introduced 3 Nostro medical aid packages

Cimas has unveiled three new Nostro/foreign currency packages which the company says promise little to no healthcare services shortfall.


This Zim company is using blockchain tech to prevent use of fake vaccination certificates

At the main bus terminus in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, travellers heading to neighbouring Zambia can be tempted by offers of counterfeit travel vaccination certificates. A thriving black market sells a fake proof of immunization for between US$ 15–20, says Dr Integrity Mchechesi, who works with a technology firm to combat such forgery. Counterfeit travel vaccination […]


ZOL closes Harare shopafter staff members test positive for COVID-19

ZOL has announced that it will be indefinitely closing down branches in Harare after staffers tested positive for COVID-19. The internet service provider explained the situation via their Twitter account. Read the statement below: We regret to announce that some of our staff members tested positive to COVID-19 and are now quarantined. Strict measures around […]


Malawi President holds talks with Masiyiwa over provision of cheap internet

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera recently confirmed that he held talks with Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa regarding how the Malawian populace can get access to cheap internet. I engaged Strive Masiyiwa of Econet Global about my resolve to see Malawi connected to the network of fiber technology by which other African countries are interconnected via […]


Bulawayo based firm partners with Chinese company on facial recognition systems

In a report by The Chronicle, Bulawayo based firm Brains at Work Consulting Pvt Ltd has entered into a partnership with a Chinese company called Clou Global Technology to be the sole distributor of Clou Global’s facial recognition and temperature scan systems. Who are the players in this deal? Brains at Work Consulting They are, […]


I work from home, and my step-counter doesn’t like it

I have this to say about having worked in retail for the last 8 years: quite literally, I was always moving. Walking from one end of the shop to the other, running for customers, lifting, packing and unpacking. On average, Pacer, my step-counting app recorded 12000 steps or thereabouts daily. Suddenly I find myself doing […]


Blood, all the wonderful things it does, and why you should consider donating

On Monday Techzim had a field trip to the National Blood Service. This trip enlightened us all on the need for more individuals to come out and donate blood. In light of this trip I wanted to take a look at all the things that blood does for us and our bodies. Some of this […]


Coronavirus & the missed ICT opportunity

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seen the introduction of restrictions in movement, gatherings, introduction of quarantines and closures of educational establishments among other measures implemented to contain the virus in Zimbabwe. This crisis has brought to the fore the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in businesses, healthcare, education and public services. Due to […]


Sasai says the medical info you share on Health Status Report is safe

Last week, we wrote an article on the launch of Sasai’s Health Status Report. Health Status Report (SHSR) will enable users to record their COVID-19 status and then share the results with other people and organisations if they wish. Sasai also made a point to note that the platform is built on the back of […]


Strive Masiyiwa announces free COVID-19 testing for health care workers and low income communities

Econet founder Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced that there will be free Covid-19 testing for healthcare professionals and low income communities. There will also be broader testing for the general public at a cost. This initiative was done through his Higher Life Foundation and Alliance Testing. “Starting today (25/06/20), any Zimbabwean who wants a Covid-19 test […]


E-Health startups in Africa booming with investment at a record high

In a report by Disrupt Africa, the number of e-health startups has grown by 56.5% over the last 3 years with 180 startups currently in operation. The sector has also seen a boom in investment with e-health startups raising a reported US$90 million this year. The figure raised in the first half of this year […]


Sasai’s COVID-19 focused Health Status Report feature goes live

Cassava Fintech International has launched the SASAI Health Status Report (SHSR). SHSR is being pitched as a “secure blockchain technology-supported solution”. According to the press material released on Health Status Report, the application which was announced by Strive Masiyiwa last month will enable users to record citizens’ COVID-19 status and enable them to share their […]


The critical need for seamless, digital payments in the COVID-19 era

The impact of COVID-19 on our spending habits cannot be overemphasised. With the temporary shutting down of industries and businesses around the world, millions of people have been laid off, furloughed or are earning less. As a result, we’ve been forced to reconsider what we spend our money on. Out of financial necessity and due […]


[Update] Vaya Builds Medical Supplies Platform For AU Countries

On Thursday, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa launched the African Medical Supplies (AMS) platform. AMS is an online platform enabling the procurement, coordination and distribution of COVID-19 medical supplies for all AU member states. The development of this pool procurement platform was necessitated by exponential growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths on the continent, […]


Reflecting On The Launch Of UNICEF’s Internet Of Good Things

[Image Source: UNICEF ZW Twitter] Among the many challenges COVID-19 presents, is the ability to disseminate information while maintaining physical distancing. While Zimbabwe has a high mobile phone penetration of over 90 per cent, access to internet is a challenge for many due to the prohibitive cost of data. In rural Zimbabwe, according to the […]


Helping Our Heroes, Zimbabwe National Covid Action Trust (ZINCAT)

The sacrifice that everyone has made to ensuring that we limit the spread of the Coronavirus hasn’t been praised enough. Zimbabweans have had to endure strife after struggle even in the best of times. The need to earn a living is the preoccupation of the majority. It is hard sometimes to remember that there is […]


Covid 19 Update

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