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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Gvt Applauds UN Investment In Zim’s Health Sector

ZIMBABWE’S Vice President, Kembo Mohadi has expressed gratitude to the massive investment the United Nations (UN) has extended towards the country’s health sector.   By Michael Gwarisa The local health sector is reeling from a plethora of challenges which include critical drugs shortages, recurring waterborne diseases and a demotivated workforce. Over the period 2016 to 2020, the UN has committed funds to the tune of US$400 million in various key areas including HIV and AIDS prevention, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH, poverty and hunger alleviation, gender and women empowerment among…

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Zvandiri Initiative Revives Hope In HIV+ Adolescents

HUMAN beings desire love, friendship and family, without these crucial elements, humanity ceases to make sense.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Recently in Banket Regardless of age, people living with HIV have to face serious stigma and discrimination in the societies they live in on daily basis. The situation becomes worse in young adolescent boys and girls who at times default on their medicines due to fear of being labelled by friends or schoolmates. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care Estimates (2015) in Zimbabwe, the estimated total number…

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New Requirements For HIV Testing and Counseling

THE Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (AHPCZ) has introduced a new set of rules and requirements for individuals willing to conduct work as HIV testing and counselors. HealthTimes Reporter The regulations according to AHPCZ, will improve professionalism and accountability in the field of HIV counseling and testing through ensuring that all practitioners who take up the duty are fully qualified and certified for task. In a circular, AHPCZ registrar, Ms F Maziriri said it was now illegal for one to use the name counselor without being registered by the…

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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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Zim Sanctions Renewal Won’t Affect HIV Funding- PEPFAR

THE passage of  the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act (Zidera) (S 494) of 2001, which marks the renewal of economic sanctions on Zimbabwe will not affect PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes,  U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Coordinator, Mark Troger said HIV funding was here stay and they have already  set aside Us$150 million for next year’s HIV programs. “There is no change to PEPFAR’s funding for HIV programs in Zimbabwe.  The recent passage of a ZDERA amendment has no…

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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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