We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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Why is treatment adherence difficult for young people?

“When I found out I was HIV positive, I felt lonely and angry,” said Ntsiki, 22, from Swaziland. “I just needed someone to help me, to give me advice and counselling, to explain to me how I am going to take my treatment; at the right time, the right way, consistently.” BY JENNY BERG Ntsiki is now a Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS) providing peer-to-peer information, counselling and support to adolescents and young people living with HIV. I met her during a recent visit to Swaziland while producing a film…

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#BREAKING: Cholera Hits Norton

A Cholera case has been reported in Norton amidst indications that the latest victim has got links to the Chegutu funeral where an 80 year old woman died of Cholera two weeks ago. By Michael Gwarisa According to ministry of health statistics, Cholera has so far killed five people in Chegutu while more than 30 people have been hospitalized. All the victims are reported to have attended the funeral in question and it is feared that the gathering attracted guests from places as far as Harare among other surrounding areas.…

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An Ambulance For Each District Or We March- Activists

HEALTH activists mainly from Harare have vowed to take President Emerson Mnangagwa head on following government’s recent move to purchase more than 50 vehicles for Chiefs. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes in Kadoma recently, Director of The Aids and Arts Foundation (TAAF), Emmanuel Gasa said it was time to send a message to government and the only opportunity the health sector will get to air their grievances. “In this new dispensation lets not relax, this is the time for activism with a purpose. We need to take President Mnagagwa…

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Zim honoured for leading fight against malaria

Zimbabwe was yesterday honoured alongside five other African countries for leading the way to a Malaria Free-Africa by 2030. The country received the honour from the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) at the 30th African Union (AU) Summit. ALMA members are drawn from 49 AU countries with the objective of eradicating malaria on the continent by 2030. Zimbabwe is not a member. Happiness Zengeni in ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia— At the 2018 Alma Awards for Excellence, which were presented by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and new AU Chairman and Rwandan…

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New (TLE400) HIV Regimen Has Less Side Effects

A new regimen for the first line anti-retroviral therapy (ART) treatment, known as TLE400 brings relief to people living with HIV as it harbours less side-effects as compared to previous regimes. SOURCE: The SundayMail Zimbabwe has been using TLE600 (which contains 600mg Efavirenz) which has serious side-effects which include dizziness, insomnia, unusual dreams, blurred vision, trouble concentrating, headache, tired feeling, spinning sensation, muscle/joint pain and changes in the shape or location of body fat among others. The new regimen is taken once a day as a single pill and has…

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I Am Not Dying In Three Months Says Morgan Tsvangirai

MOVEMENT for Democratic Change President, Mr Morgan Tvangirai who was diagnosed of Cancer of the Colon two years ago has denied reports that he will be dying in three months time. By Michael Gwarisa Posting on his Twitter Account, Mr Tsvangirai said he was undergoing treatment in South Africa and there was nothing unusual about his condition. ” ” However, according to the NewsDay newspaper, Morgan Tsvangirai is reportedly battling for his life in South Africa, where he is receiving treatment, as his condition continues to deteriorate amid reports that his…

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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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#BREAKING: HIV Prevalence High Amongst Gays and Lesbians In Zim

AT least 32.8% of Women who have Sex with other Women (WSW) and 28.% of Men who have Sex with other men (MSM) are HIV positive, according to statistics gathered by the Gays and Lesbians Zimbabwe (GALZ). By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma  Briefing a Meeting on Earmarked Taxes to fund Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for Key Populations,  GALZ Programmes Officer, Sylvester Nyamatendedza said accessing basic health needs for key members of their community was a challenge owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the hatred and discrimination they…

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Cholera Outbreak Exposes Gvt’s Lack Of Political Will- CWGH

THE prevailing Cholera outbreak which surfaced in Chegutu last week, killing at least five people, leaving others hospitalized has exposed government’s lack of political will and desire to solve the recurring Cholera outbreaks, a top community health expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) Executive Director, Itai Rusike said government was not doing enough to bring finality to the Cholera nuisance and such an approach could pave way to an even worse Cholera crisis. “The latest outbreak of cholera in Chegutu and…

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