ZLHR Makes Progress Towards Decriminalizing HIV Infection

THE Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) say they have made strides in engaging key stakeholders  around the subject of repealing  Section 79 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act in a bid to ensure a free and non discriminatory environment for people living with with HIV. The law criminalizes  willful HIV transmission but according to legal experts, it is too general and thus can not be used as an HIV or health law.  By Michael Gwarisa Tinashe Mundawarara, programme manager for the HIV, Human Rights and Law Project at ZLHR,  recently told …

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Zim Female Prisons A Ticking HIV Time bomb

…a single glove is inserted into more than 10 women’s privates to search for hidden objects …HIV in female prisons is more of a hygiene issue than it is sexual …Drug adherence a challenge due to stigma in prisons IT’S already been two years since Nkazana (not real name) left Chikurubi remand prison but gory memories and gustily images of her horrific experiences behind bars are still as clear and vivid as daylight. By Michael Gwarisa  Apart from the poor nutrition, living standards and social welfare issues inmates experience daily…

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Zim Launches EMTCT Validation Committee

THE the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), has launched a national validation committee to manage and monitor  the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV  (EMTCT) and Syphilis. By Michael Gwarisa The committee comprises of experts in various spheres of the health industry, legal experts, health rights activists and people living with HIV. The Secretariat will include the National Aids Council Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tapuwa Mugure and the World Health Organisation. The committee is also made up of Principal Director prevention services in the MoHCC Dr Gibson…

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Medical School Enrollment Poor Says Minister Pare

Government is considering increasing the number of medical schools in Zimbabwe, a cabinet minister has said. By HealthTimes Reporter At the moment the country has only three medical schools at the University of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and Technology and Midlands State University. Officiating the inaugural International Federation of Medical Students Association African regional meeting at UZ College of Health Sciences, Health and Childcare Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the enrolment of medical students in Zimbabwe was below 300. “We train here I was told by the Zimbabwe Medical…

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Exclusive Interview With Crystal Meth Drug Addict

…”Like I said before, I have taken all the other popular substances but I do not encourage first timers to smoke Mutoriro“ At a time when unemployment has reached alarming proportions, young people have devised plans to cushion themselves from reality and drug abuse is one of them. By Kudakwashe Pembere It’s no longer the usual, youths have ventured into some of the most treacherous ways of living and with the introduction new highly intoxicating drugs on the market, one can conclude that the future of Zimbabwe is certainly not…

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Chinese doctors jet in…as gvt bemoans local doctors deficit

A 10 member Chinese doctors delegation from the 16th Chinese Brigade,  has arrived in the country to support health functions as well as impart knowledge in some medical aspects especially in areas where Zimbabwe has a deficit in medical expertise. By Michael Gwarisa The Chinese team which comprise of anesthesiologists, oncologists, Radiologists  among other fields will be in the country for a one year period and will be stationed at Parirenyatwa group of Hospitals. In an interview at his offices soon after arrival of the delegation, Permanent Secretary in the…

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Zim Defers HIV Drug Roll Out…Drug Deforms Unborn Babies

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has deffered roll out of the HIV  Dolutegravir (DTG) drug  following indications that it causes complications in women of child bearing age and adolescent girls, which might lead to deformities in unborn babies born to HIV positive mothers taking the drug at the time of conception. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe intended to scale up Dolutegravir as a first choice ARV to all people living with HIV in the country next year. The drug is currently being used to manage HIV in people who fail…

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Zim Launches Prep Strategy…Program targets key populations

ZIMBABWE has launched Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) strategy for 2018 up to 2020 which is aimed at scaling up uptake of the PrEP drug amongst key populations and those at high risk of contracting HIV. By Michael Gwarisa Launching the strategy document, Health and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said Zimbabwe still faced a huge HIV challenge as it is still recording incidence around 32 000 people every year hence the need to increase prevention mechanisms. “Now I am proud to emphasise that we have successfully managed to reduce…

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NetOne Rewards Rural School For Giving Blood

THE country’s second largest Mobile Network Operator (MNO), NetOne yesterday donated five computers to Mutenderende High school from Chirumhanzu for being the biggest blood donor for the period 2017 to date. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Gweru The move is part of their countrywide program which seeks to support schools from all the country’s 10 provinces which are excelling in the areas of blood donation. Addressing delegates at the World Blood Donor Day in Gweru, NetOne Executive Media Services Manager, Mr Clever Isaya said the schools support program was an…

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Zim Prepared For Free Blood Initiative…as WHO gives nod to Program

GOVERNMENT says it is prepared to implement the free blood initiative which commences next month amidst indications that capable infrastructure and funding mechanisms have been put in place to complement the program. By Michael Gwarisa in Gweru The program which is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with the National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) is set to benefit maternal cases and vulnerable societal groups with the  aim of closing the high mortality rate as a result of loss of blood. Officiating at…

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