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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PSI Surpasses 2018 Vmmc Target in Mazowe

POPULATION Services International (PSI), has registered increased uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (Vmmc) services in Mazowe District,  Mashonaland central, at the back of increased community engagements and sensitization programs. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mvurwi The province is one of the red zones in terms of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) prevalence owing to massive mining activities and tobacco farming which push young people into risky sexual behaviour. Mashonaland Central provincial field manager, Mrs Joy Chikwena said despite having set the highest target for Mazowe, the district had surpassed its…

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HIV and Religion in Zim…Churches, Sangomas, Mapostori speak out

RELIGION can be defined as a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, and organisation. Even though it is widely agreed that Zimbabwe is a Christian nation, a number of religious practices are observed making Zimbabwe a multi religious country. Pentecostalism, African Traditional Religion (ATR) and cultism known as Chipostori are…

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More At Risk Of HIV…As Countries Transition’ From Global Fund support- MSf

THE international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on the Board to make urgent changes to Global Fund policies and practices for countries transitioning away from donor support, which increase the risk of critical drug stock-outs and alarming drug quality issues in many countries. People receiving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in transitioning countries have faced dangerous treatment interruptions and have been treated with drugs of unknown quality. The countries are also faced with paying much higher prices for drugs than they should be paying. Beyond the…

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MSF Pilots New ART Dispensing Model In Mwenezi

MEDECINS Sans Frontiers in Zimbabwe (MSF), has launched a new system of administering Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) drugs in Mwenezi, Masvingo in a bid to increase ART adherence, amidst indications that many ART clients were now defaulting on their medications due to the long distance and inaccessibility of health facilities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sovelela, Mwenezi The new ART administering method dubbed Out of Facility Community ART Distribution (OFCAD),  is an outreach strategy whereby patients no longer need to visit a health care facility to access ART but rather the…

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HIV Prevalence In Children Spikes in Masvingo

SHORTAGE of health care centres in Masvingo province has resulted in most babies being born HIV positive as most mothers miss out on antenatal visits, a National Aids Council official has said.   By Michael Gwarisa in Masvingo The province has a population of 1 386 604 according the 2012 census and an HIV prevalence of 12.8 percent and a total of 9 700 are children living with HIV despite various interventions by government and partners to eradicate the disease. Speaking to Journalist during an Editors Media tour in Masvingo,…

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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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