Targeted TB Screening Effective For Vulnerable Communities

THE targeted screening for active Tuberculosis (TB) among high risk groups, being spearheaded by the Ministry of health and Child Care’s National TB Program in partnership with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) bears fruits at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The National TB Program has partnered with The Union in intensifying active case finding for TB by targeting high risk groups and communities around the country. The initiative is being co-funded by Global Fund and USAID’s Challenge TB. In an interview with HealthTimes, The Union…

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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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Zim Female Prisons A Ticking HIV Time bomb

…a single glove is inserted into more than 10 women’s privates to search for hidden objects …HIV in female prisons is more of a hygiene issue than it is sexual …Drug adherence a challenge due to stigma in prisons IT’S already been two years since Nkazana (not real name) left Chikurubi remand prison but gory memories and gustily images of her horrific experiences behind bars are still as clear and vivid as daylight. By Michael Gwarisa  Apart from the poor nutrition, living standards and social welfare issues inmates experience daily…

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Zim Defers HIV Drug Roll Out…Drug Deforms Unborn Babies

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has deffered roll out of the HIV  Dolutegravir (DTG) drug  following indications that it causes complications in women of child bearing age and adolescent girls, which might lead to deformities in unborn babies born to HIV positive mothers taking the drug at the time of conception. HealthTimes Reporter Zimbabwe intended to scale up Dolutegravir as a first choice ARV to all people living with HIV in the country next year. The drug is currently being used to manage HIV in people who fail…

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SafAIDS Launches Best Practice Book…Celebrates Successful Community Work

….Women say GBV has gone down from SafAids Initiatives at rural community level …School dropout cases drastically reduced in Marange area Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) this morning (16/05/18) launched the Best Practice Book, a detailed piece which documents some of the most successful stories the organisation and its partners have achieved in some of the most marginalized rural communities in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The Book titled “Integrating HIV and GBV Prevention Through Community Resilience Building: Success Stories from Zimbabwe,” is testimony of some of…

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Hospitals Not Serving Expired ARVs Says Ministry of Health

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) has refuted reports that most health institutions were distributing expired Anti-Retroviral (ARVs) drugs to patients over the past few months. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through a Press Statement, the MoHCC said contrary to media reports that HIV clients were getting expired ARVs, the issue was on the supply side which was however late for some clients who came for replenishments in the third and fourth week of April, creating panic among HIV patient with regards to assured availability of the commodity for…

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Why living with HIV doesn’t mean women can’t have fulfilling sex lives

Most of the science around HIV and AIDS focuses on risk and prevention. But one researcher is looking in a whole new direction: women’s sexual pleasure. By Melanie Green StarMetro Vancouver A new analysis out of SFU prioritizes women’s sexual pleasure and unmet needs in HIV research, a sharp contrast to previous work where prevention has dominated the discussion. Allison Carter, health science researcher with Simon Fraser University, compiled several studies together and presented her findings on Thursday, at the 27th Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS in Vancouver. She said more than…

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Manicaland Records 8 000 New STI Cases

MANICALNAD recorded close to 8 000 new cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) among young youths between January and February this year, statistics have revealed. The Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) availed the statistics at the first quarter adolescent reproductive health forum held held in Mutare recently. A total of 7 989 new cases were recorded in the province. In an interview with The Herald, ZNFPC Mnanicaland provincial manager, Mr Dryson Masvingise, said Mutare, Mutasa, Chipinge and Makoni districts recorded the highest number of new urethra discharge infections among…

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Africaid Trains 104 CATS On HIV Self Testing

ZIMBABWE’S community based  organisation, Africaid, in collaboration with Population Services International (PSI) and the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC), this week trained at least 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS) on the use and appreciation of HIV self testing kits in Manicaland province. HealthTimes Correspondant Through their Facebook page, Africaid said they were working with partners to take HIV self testing to the grassroots and through index case finding. “This week, we’re training 104 Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters in Manicaland Province together with Ministry of Health and Child…

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BARBER SHOPS POSE HIV RISK

PEOPLE who have their hair cut at salons are at high risk of contracting HIV through sharing barber clippers, the National Aids Council (Nac) has warned. Clients also risk contracting the potentially fatal Hepatitis B and C. SOURCE: The Chronicle Story By Thandeka Moyo Corroborating findings of a study published by the South African Medical Journal recently, a senior Nac official acknowledged that there is significant contamination of barber hair clippers with blood and blood-borne viruses. The doctors concluded in the study that there is a need for public education…

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