Human Resources

ZAMBIA'S STRIKING PUBLIC WORKERS SCALE DOWN DEMANDS

Striking public workers in Zambia have scaled down their demands from a 100 percent pay hike to a "reasonable" salary increment, a union leader said Monday. "We have come down from our initial demand. We have asked the government to give us a reasonable offer," Darison Chaala, secretary general of the Civil Servants Union of Zambia, told AFP.

Zambia: Health workers Conflict Resolved

The confrontation that ensued between health workers in Livingstone and the provincial health directorate in Southern Province over the withdrawal of labour has now been resolved. The matter concerned the disciplinary letters which were handed to striking workers while the Civil Servants Union of Zambia (CSUZ) was concluding negotiations with Government.

Zambia: Social Services Crippled by Three-Week Strike

A three-week long strike by Zambian public sector workers has crippled hundreds of schools and hospitals and slowed the delivery of other key government services in this impoverished southern African country. However, a preoccupation with an unfolding political crisis that could see a parliamentary motion to impeach embattled President Frederick Chiluba being passed appears to have diverted official attention from the resultant social crisis.

Zambian nurses exodus condemned

Norwegian Nurses Association International (NNAI) Secretary Per Godtland Kristensen has described as unethical the practice whereby rich countries rob poor nations of nurses through mass recruitment. Speaking at a joint Press briefing for NNAI, Zambia Nurses Association (ZNA) and International Council of Nurses (ICN) in Lusaka, Mr Kristensen said rich nations must not be allowed to recruit nurses from developing countries en-masse.

Zeroing in: AIDS donors and Africa’s health workforce
Oomman N, Wendt D and Droggitis C: Centre for Global Development, 2010

Have AIDS external funders harmed or strengthened health workforce development in countries with severe shortages? This research led to six key findings. First, to staff AIDS programmes, external funders have relied on training existing workers and taskshifting, not on training new health workers. Second, AIDS external funders have swamped countries with in-service training programmes for HIV/AIDS-specific skills. Third, PEPFAR and the Global Fund have relied on task-shifting to lower level health workers without assuring adequate resources or support. Fourth, community health workers are employed as a quick fix without considering their long -term role. Fifth, the incentives that AIDS external funders offer health workers to achieve HIV and AIDS programme targets distort allocations of time and resources to the detriment of other health sector objectives. Finally, AIDS external funders pay health workers through short-term special arrangements without addressing long-term constraints on the public and private health workforce.

Zim doctors on strike

Medical consultants and specialists at all public hospitals throughout Zimbabwe are on an indefinite strike over low salaries and poor working conditions, plunging an already ailing heath sector into deeper crisis. The senior doctors went on strike on Sunday following an ultimatum they issued to the government to address their grievances by last Saturday.

Zim Health Scheme for All Workers On the Cards

THE government, workers and employers have entered into negotiations that could result in the launch of a medical aid scheme to provide health cover for Zimbabwean workers, according to National Social Security Authority (NSSA) general manager Amod Takawira. He said NSSA, the government's main investment arm, was involved in the negotiations but would not indicate how long the consultations had been going on. "The national health insurance scheme is being finalised by the relevant stakeholders and will benefit all employees who meet the required conditions," Takawira told the Financial Gazette.

Zimbabwe: 30 Percent of Teachers HIV-Positive

AT least 30 percent of all school teachers countrywide are HIV-positive, according to Mr Saul Murimba of the Southern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality. He told participants at a two-day workshop on management of HIV/Aids at the education district level that the teachers would eventually succumb to the pandemic.

Zimbabwe: Health Services Crippled As Doctors, Nurses Strike

A strike by government doctors and nurses crippled state hospital services in the country's main cities on Wednesday, AP reported. Quoting the Hospital Doctors Association, the agency said about 350 doctors stopped work on Tuesday in the cities of Harare, the capital, and Bulawayo, the second city, demanding better salaries and allowances.

Zimbabwe: Nurses Under Pressure

Stella Zengwa, President of Zimbabwe Nurses Association.
Zimbabwean nurses face difficult decisions in their day-to-day work. Health Services are now client centred and are being provided by a workforce, which is performance driven. A shortage of nurses means that at present all our new nurse graduates are bonded for 3 years, but experienced nurses continue to be lost to neighbouring countries and abroad. Hospital wards are still run with only one or two nurse per shift for a 40-bedded ward with the result that nurses continue to be overworked. Lack of transport has become a critical issue and poses a risk to nurses’ lives when arriving or knocking off duty given the shift work. Lack of accommodation at institutions is making retention of nurses very difficult since in some areas, rented accommodation is not available. Nurses have been pushed out of the traditional nurse’s residences. Inadequate and erratic supplies of drugs, surgical sundries and equipment including protective clothing like gloves are exposing nurses to HIV infection. Burnout syndrome is widespread with nurses overwhelmed with the stress of nursing a full ward of very ill patients with so little support. Unlike other health workers who are visitors to the ward, nurses spend long hours with patients. This requires ways of dealing with burnout so that nurses continue to provide quality health care services.Upholding of nursing ethics is critical building a positive image as desired by the communities that we serve. As a professional association, ZINA aspires to ensure that the services nurses provide in support of public protection and health care are exemplary and community driven.

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