30% HIV+ Pregnant Women Not On ART

AT least 30% HIV positive pregnant women were not initiated on Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in  Zimbabwe according to data collected in2017, with most cases being noted during the post delivery period, a top ministry of health Monitoring and Evaluation official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes on the side-lines of the JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) final workshop, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in the Ministry Of Health & Child Care (MoHCC) Aids & Tb Programme, Ngwarai Sithole said there was need for…

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#BREAKING: Global Fund Avails $500 million Funding To Zimbabwe’s Health Sector

THE Global Fund has availed an additional $502 million towards Zimbabwe’s healthcare which will go towards supporting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. By Michael Gwarisa The grants will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UNDP in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC). Officiating at the Grant launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenhyatwa said the $500 million grant will be able to sustain the gains made so far in fighting…

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Keeping Girls Safe and in School in Chipinge

In a region characterized by poverty, child marriages, school dropouts and child abuse, adolescent girls are taking action to stay healthy and protect themselves from HIV. By Family AIDS Caring Trust Orphans and Vulnerable Children Team In eastern Zimbabwe, near the border with Mozambique, a school and the surrounding community are dramatically changing attitudes and social norms through the DREAMS initiative, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID. There, DREAMS is reaching thousands of parents, caregivers and students and making their dreams come…

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Find more home grown solutions for AIDS Levy: CWGH

By HealthTimes Reporter The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) feels there should be more indigenous solutions to grow the AIDS Levy in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s mobile network operators  contribute  5% levy on all airtime purchases for mobile telecoms to the AIDS Levy. Joining the rest of the world in commemorating World AIDS Day, CWGH said despite the country making strides in reducing the prevalence rate, new infections continue to occur. “However, it is important to note that new infections have not yet stopped, nor have AIDS deaths. ART coverage is…

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Ignoring Key Populations Threaten 90 90 90 Targets

By Michael Gwarisa  LEAVING key Populations (KPs) behind in HIV/AIDS interventions and programs poses a a threat to the ambitious target of reducing HIV prevalence, deaths and new infections  by the year 2020. In Zimbabwe, KPs mean gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, transgender people and people who inject drugs as the four main key population groups, but it acknowledges that prisoners and people with Disability also are particularly vulnerable to HIV and frequently lack adequate access to services (ZNASP3 )…

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Can HIV Hide In The Blood?

HealthTimes Contributor So most of you might be wondering probably ten year after you had a sexual encounter with someone you didn’t trust, whether you contracted the virus or not. Many a times, you develop something, a wart or boil in some funny area of your body and your memory quickly lingers back to that very moment you might have gone beyond limits. Well before we go any further, the best way to know whether you are HIV positive or not is by getting an HIV test and thank God…

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PEPFAR Says Zimbabwe Winning HIV War

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) says Zimbabwe is amongst the top four Southern African countries slowly winning the battle against the HIV epidemic. ALSO READ: Four African Countries Approaching Control of Their HIV Epidemics as U.S. Continues Its Commitment to PEPFAR Data from PEPFAR show that the HIV epidemic is coming under control across all age groups in Swaziland, the country with the highest HIV prevalence in the world and “…Additional PEPFAR-supported studies released in December 2016 for Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe demonstrate significant…

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President Mugabe Worried Over Rising Cancers

By Michael Gwarisa PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe says the increase in non-communicable diseases  in most African countries was a cause for concern and urged governments to develop homegrown solutions to health issues affecting the continent. Officially opening the 67th edition of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee meeting today in Victoria Falls, President Mugabe said there was a worrying increase in Non-communicable diseases and new infections and there was need to act fast. “As Africa, we now face a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, in most of these…

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Zim ARV Shortage Could Trigger Massive Drug Resistance

By Michael Gwarisa  ZIMBABWE today (21/08/2017) woke up to devastating news that the country’s public health and pharmaceutical institutions have been hit by massive Anti Retro Viral (ARV) drug shortages. According to an article in the Herald, HIV positive people on second line Abacavir ARV drugs are the most affected and they are being given a week’s supply of the drug instead of the traditional three moths supply due to stock outs. It is believed that the huge stock outs and shortages in drug supplies are being exacerbated by the…

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Rimuka TB/HIV Care Centre commissioned

By Staff Reporter MINISTRY of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has commissioned the Rimuka Integrated TB/HIV Care Centre that was renovated at a cost of US$30 000. The integrated health care centre which is owned by the Kadoma City Council handles approximately 6000 people every month. In a speech read on his behalf by Deputy Minister Aldrin Masiiwa last Friday, Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa applauded the city council for the noble initiative. “I am told that this health Care centre were once Council offices but…

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