Zim Requires 173 Million Condoms Per Year

ZIMBABWE requires about 173 million male and female condoms annually to meet demand, a Ministry of Health and Childcare official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere For this year, the country with a population of about 16 million received about 136 million condoms. Addressing a High level Advocacy Meeting for Comprehensive Condom Programming in Zimbabwe Health and Childcare Deputy Director of AIDS and STIs,  Dr Tsitsi Apollo said in 2017, the country used over half of the needed amount.  With Wednesday being the International Condom Day, the meeting was a…

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UNAIDS Appoints New Deputy Executive Director of Programme

UNITED Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Shannon Hader as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Shannon is an exceptional leader in AIDS and TB—with extensive experience in improving systems for health,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “From Washington DC to Zimbabwe she understands the epidemic and the response needed at the community, country and global levels—her vision and knowledge will be critical for UNAIDS and to ending AIDS by 2030.” Dr…

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HIV Testing and Counselling A Key HIV Prevention Tool-UN

THE Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2016-2020 has identified HIV Testing and Counselling as a key pillar in the HIV prevention equation as it emotionally prepares people to adhere to their medications. By Michael Gwarisa According to the ZUNDAF report, the UN in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe have identified behavior change as a key factor in reducing HIV transmission. “In addressing sexual transmission of HIV, the Government, in close collaboration with the UN and other partners, has prioritised interventions around social and behaviour change; increased condom…

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Defying Traditional Barriers To HIV Testing In Centenary

IN communities around Muzarabani, women are renowned for their health seeking behaviour, including seeking HIV testing service, however, the same cannot be said for men. By Gondai Dekeza Male involvement when it comes to seeking voluntary HIV testing services,  and participation is very low. Some men feel that it is the duty of their wives to visit the clinic and hope that the results would be favorable. Favorable results are not always the case and this happens, it is the wife who takes the blame for being unfaithful. Some men…

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HIV Testing Beams Longevity To People Living With HIV: Rev Kapachawo

THE old adage which says “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, aptly sums up the journey through which renowned HIV activist and clergyman, Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo walked in his quest to conquer the ravenous HIV/AIDS claiming millions of lives annually. By Kudakwashe Pembere Most of you still remember the famed 2005 Television and Radio advert, “Ini ndiriPastor uyezve ndiri HIV Positive. Ndinosevenza neZinerela. Shoko rangu guru nderekuti HIV haina shasha inogona kubata chero munhu. Mwari vanechekuita nehupenyu hwangu nehwako. Naizvozvo ngativarumbidzei Hallelujah! ….Ngatinamateyi kuti Mwari…

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ARVs Crisis Deepens…PLHIV Seek Audience With Finance Minister

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) will soon be engaging the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development  to plead with government to allocate  foreign currency for procuring Anti Retro Viral Drugs (ARVs), amidst indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is struggling to make purchases since suppliers are demanding foreign currency. By Michael Gwarisa Indications on the ground show that procurement of ARVs medicines has of late been a Sisyphean task at the back of  NAC’s failure to convert the US$ 20 million in RTGS or bond notes stuck in their…

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Zim Ranks 3rd In Global PMTCT Rankings

ZIMBABWE has achieve a 65% coverage of children born to women living with HIV who were tested for HIV within eight weeks of birth ranking it 3rd out of the 23 focus countries. According to a UNAIDS report dubbed “Knowledge is Power” antiretroviral therapy for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission greatly reduced new HIV infections among children amidst indications that globally, 1.4 million [880 000–2 100 000] new child infections have been averted since 2010, and in 2017, there were just 180 000 [110 000–260 000] transmissions of HIV from…

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PSI Gets US$95 Million To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

POPULATION Services International (PSI), was recently awarded US$95 million to scale up HIV response as well as reduce the HIV incidence in Zimbabwe. HealthTimes Reporter The grant is coming through under a new program dubbed “Going the Last Mile for HIV Control” which was granted with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC). PSI Country Representative, Staci Leuschner said,  “the program will work closely with the MOHCC, as well as other USAID health partners and…

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Fiscal Austerity and the health sector

OVER the years, analysis of the Health budget has tended to restrict itself to examining conformity with the Abuja Declaration which state that at least 15% of the national budget must be allocated to health. By Taurai Nyandoro Nonetheless, the approach presents limitations in that it reduces us to celebrate a mere satisfaction of the 15% threshold, without evaluating the salient propositions on specific allocations such as unbalanced appropriations in favour of policy and administration versus direct service delivery and value for money. The latter becomes important taken in light…

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Former White Farms Now HIV Hotspots

ECONOMIC hardships and lack of consistent income has exposed people residing in former white commercial farms to HIV and risky sexual behavior leading to a spike in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV in the areas, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Centenary After the land reform program which government embarked on in the early 2000s, most farm workers were left stranded as the new indigenous owners failed to take them on board. According to the National AIDS Council (NAC) District Aids Coordinator (DAC) for Mzarabani, Mr Richard…

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