PSI Launches Patients Tracking Mobile App

THE Populations Services International (PSI) has introduced a Mobile Application, dubbed, Connecting with Sara, a platform meant to track and engage with clients through their mobile phones. By Michael Gwarisa The App which is currently being used in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique is set to leverage on the swelling numbers of internet and phone usage with latest figures indicating that five billion people across the world have a phone in their pocket. In an article, PSI Senior Program Manager, Global Business Chris Purdy said Sub-Saharan Africa was poised for boom…

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DREAMS Keeps Girls and Young Women From HIV Infections

THE Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) being implemented by PEPFAR in Zimbabwe and other countries with a high HIV burden has seen a reduction in new HIV infections cases in young girls and women. According to PEPFAR…”the 10 DREAMS countries (Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) account for more than half of all the new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2015. This must change. “DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among…

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First Lady Launches Free To Shine Campaign To End HIV and AIDS In Children

ZIMBABWE’S First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa today launched the Free to Shine Campaign, an HIV and AIDS program meant to reduce HIV and AIDS in children and adolescents, as a follow-up to the commitment made by African first ladies early this year. By Michael Gwarisa The initiative targets to end HIV/AIDS in children by the year 2030 following indications that HIV prevalence in Children was still high in children owing to high cases of vertical transmission among a host of other factors with latest statistics indicating that 1.4 million children…

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HOPE Zimbabwe Integrates Boys/Girls SRHR Issues

INTEGRATING girls and boys Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) issues could go a long way in ensuring gender equality and tolerance, a Hope for Adolescents and Youth Zimbabwe official has said. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the ongoing SRHR workshop, Hope Zimbabwe Vice Board Chair, Mrs Ratidzai Ndlovu said leaving boys behind in the quest to achieve gender equality was tantamount to “shooting ourselves in the foot.” “Girls have a lot of disadvantages because of the gender issues, this is why we incorporate…

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𝐇𝐈V+ Mothers Free To Breastfeed

MINISTRY of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) National Prevention of mother-to-child-transmission (PMTC) and Paediatric HIV care and treatment coordinator, Dr Angela Mushavi says there is no harm in HIV positive mother breastfeeding their negative babies. HealthTimes Reporter This is despite growing fears amongst HIV positive mothers of infecting their babies through breast milk a situation which has led to a spike in uptake of formula milk across the globe. Dr Mushavi said mothers should breastfeed exclusively for the first six months regardless of their HIV status provided they are active…

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NAC Gears Up For Cancer/HIV Tournament

THE National Aids Council (NAC) says preparations for the second edition of the Cancer and HIV prevention cancer Golf Tournament to be held in the Harare from August 15 to 17 2018, were at an advanced stage. HealthTimes Speaking to healthtimes, NAC spokesperson, Tadiwa Pfupa said all was now in place for the tournament which is now in its second year running following the successful hosting of the inaugural edition which saw armatures and seasoned golfers taking turns on the field. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards raising funds…

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SAZ Finalising HIV Standard For Zim

THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says the new HIV and Wellness Standard will be finalised before end of third quarter in a move that will pave way for organisation improve health conditions for their employees. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes,  SAZ Director General, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said the new standard is currently under review by the Technical Committee (TC) awaiting finalisation before year end. “The Technical Committee (TC)  reconstituted and now  are working the standard now. We hope to have final the draft in in Q3,” said Dr Gadzikwa.…

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PEPFAR To Spend $360 million On Key Populations

THE United States (US), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) says it will spend not less than US$360 million on programs meant to support Key Populations in countries where PEPFAR is implementing HIV programs. HealthTimes Reporter The developments come hot on heels of the 2018 International  AIDS Conference which was held in Amsterdam where a number of programs meant to scale up HIV prevention amongst various societal groups were launched. According to PEPPFAR’s fact sheet, the US$360 million injection would go a long in bridging to gaps that exists…

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$1.2 billion HIV Funding For Men Launched

GLOBAL partners gathered at the ongoing 2018 International Conference in Amsterdam today launched a $1.2 billion funding earmarked for HIV programming for men in a bid to scale up diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection in men. By Michael Gwarisa The program dubbed MenStar Coalition  was announced by Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex, the MenStar Coalition brings together the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the U.S.  Partners involve include the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Unitaid, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the…

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PSI/Global Aid Partner To Provide SRH Services For People With Albinism

IN a move that set to improve access to health services for people living with albinism, the Population Services International Zimbabwe (PSI) has partnered Global Aid Mission in setting up a clinic which offers comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services under one roof. By Michael Gwarisa The move follows indications that most people living with the albinism condition and other disabilities shun seeking SRH services such as HIV testing,  HIV treatment and care, ST screening,  among others due to fear of stigma and discrimination in societies and health institutions. Officiating…

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