JICA Improves Zim’s HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Skills

JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Resident Representative Mr Shumon Yoshiara says the Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity  for HIV/AIDS response programs were a resounding success and has manged to compile data that will go a long way in answering HIV related question in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In Kadoma Speaking during the Final Workshop where data experts were presenti9ng their findings from the project, Mr  Yoshiara said the project which was birthed by bilateral relations between the government of Zimbabwe and Japan had gone a long way in building capacity…

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Specs Hotel: Kadoma’s Sodom and Gomorrah….As Married Women Invade Sex Work Market

IT’s around 7:00 pm and life in the small mining town of Kadoma seem to  be gradually fading out as vendors and shop owners prepare to call it a day. By Michael Gwarisa Just as the traders are packing their stuff out from their trading stalls and makeshift shelters, shabbily dressed and dirty young men troop into the town’s most prominent food outlet Eat “N” Lick where they treat themselves to some Shawarma and chicken thighs. Across the corner, a few young ladies giggle uncontrollably just to attract attention of…

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House Maid jailed for trying to infect boss’ child with HIV/Aids

Kampala, Uganda | A housemaid was sentenced to three years imprisonment on Wednesday for attempting to infect her boss’s two-year-old baby with HIV/AIDS. GODFREY SSALI  Jemima Nasifa alias Tumukunde Zainabu a Rwandan, pleaded guilty to the offence of doing a negligent act likely to spread infection or disease, before Kampala’s City Hall Court, Grade One magistrate Beatrice Kainza. This after she had spent six months on remand at Luzira prison. The Magistrate on Wednesday convicted her on her own plea of guilt and added her three more years back to jail.…

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Ministry of Health Receives 12 New Chemistry Analysers

THE Ministry of Health and Child  Care (MoHCC) has received 12  new state of the range Chemistry Anlaysers valued at  Euro 350,000.00  with a capacity of carrying out not less 200 blood tests per hour. By Michael Gwarisa The donation deal was brokered by the National Aids Council (NAC), a German Firm Humanstar and a local firm, Diagnostics Laboratory Suppliers. The analysers will be distributed in 12 hospitals countrywide including Josiah Magama Barracks and Hospital, Manyame Air base, Chinhoyi hospital, Mtoko Hospital, Marondera Hospital, Nyanga, Bindura, Thorngroove, Gwanda hospital, St…

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PEPFAR To Continue Supporting Zimbabwe HIV Programs

THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), says it will continue to support the new Zimbabwean government in all its efforts to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic, HealthTimes can reveal. By Michael Gwarisa Despite efforts by certain political sections to discredit the new government that is being led by President Emerson Mnangagwa, the United States government says it recognises the new dispensation and will continue working side by side to ensure Zimbabwe achieves the 90-90-90 targets. In an interview with HealthTimes, PEPFAR  Programs Coordinator, Mark Troger  said, “The United…

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Parliament Pushes For Command Sanitary Pads Production

LEGISLATORS have called for command sanitary pads production in a bid to avert the prevailing crisis which has been exacerbated by the recent prices increases of sanitary products due to foreign currency shortages. By Michael Gwarisa Contributing to a motion raised by Honorable Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga in the National Assembly, Pelandaba-Mpopoma legislator Joseph Tshuma said sanitary pads availability should match that of condoms and priority must be given to the girl child to menstruate with dignity. “As much as other people have said that if you visit the toilet you…

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Adequate ARVs available, says Govt

Joyce Mukucha Herald Reporter ZIMBABWE has enough anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs to cover a 12-month period, Government has said. In a statement, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said drug shortages that had plagued areas such as Manicaland were as a result of “delayed shipments”. Patients, Government said, continue to receive free ARVs at their designated health facilities. “As a ministry, we would like to reassure all the people, who are currently on ART (anti-retroviral therapy) that the nation has sufficient stocks of the medicines, which are available for free at our…

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NAC Lunches HIV/Cancer Prevention Golf Tournament 2017

By Michael Gwarisa  THE National Aids Council (NAC) has launched an HIV and Cancer Prevention Drive Pro-Am Golf Tournament 2017, which kicks off in  the next few days. The move comes at a time Zimbabwe is grappling with  a Non Communicable Diseases burden which have become a silent but leading killer to people living with HIV. Speaking during the official launch ceremony last night, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the tournament comes at a time when our nation is grappling with a swelling epidemic of non-communicable diseases,…

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#BREAKING: New Single Dose ARVs To Be Launched in SA, Kenya

By Michael Gwarisa A new high quality HIV treatment therapy  and pricing regime which will accelerate availability of first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regime containing doulutegravir (DTG) will soon be launched in South Africa and Kenya before being distributed to other 90 low income countries around the world. The single-pill HIV treatment will be available to public sector purchasers in at around US$75 per person, per year. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said, “This agreement will improve the quality of life for millions of people living with HIV. “To…

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PEPFAR Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Document For HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today (19/09/2017) released its Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which will provide a road-map as well as identify specific areas which require investment as efforts to end the HIV pandemic intensify. VISIT: https://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/274400.pdf In his remarks, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) also includes investing in more than 50 countries with three concrete goals in mind. “First, to maintain life-saving treatment for those we currently support, while making essential…

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