Zimbabwe Launches HIV and Wellness Board

GOVERNMENT yesterday launched the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV/AIDS and Wellness Coordination Board (ZIPSHAW) which will oversee the implementation of HIV and wellness programs in working setups by both the private sector in a bid to reduce the scourge of Non communicable diseases and HIV in work places. By Michael Gwarisa The board is chaired by renowned business executive Mr Jonson Manyakara and an array of other experts from both health and the private sector. Officiating at the event, Minster of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr David Parirenyatwa said HIV…

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#BREAKING: Zim Records Decline In HIV Related TB Deaths- USAID

ZIMBABWE has recorded a decline in HIV associated TB deaths owing to improved TB diagnosis and treatment for people living with HIV, USAID has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking through their official Facebook page, USAID said HIV related TB deaths had decreased in Zimbabwe and plans to reduce it further through comprehensive treatment programs were in place. “We have exciting news to share! TB is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV. But in Zimbabwe, HIV-associated TB deaths have decreased by 75 percent in the past 3…

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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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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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SAZ To Launch HIV and Wellness Standard

By Michael Gwarisa THE Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) says it will soon be launching an HIV and Wellness Standard in a move to boost the quality of HIV and wellness policies within organizations. In an Interview with HealthTimes,  SAZ Director General, Dr Eve Gadzikwa said they had already launched nine standards on traditional medicines and called on companies to ensure they adopt the forthcoming HIV and Wellness standard so as to improve working conditions for their workforce. ““Firstly I wish to advise you that this standard is still undergoing development…

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NAC HIV/Cancer Golf Tournament Kicks Off On High Note

By Michael Gwarisa THE National Aids Council fund raising HIV & Cancer Prevention Drive Golf tournament kicked today amidst calls by government for men to partner women in the fight against Cervical cancer. In an interview with Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Deputy Minister Abigail Damasane on the sidelines of the tournament, she said it was crucial for women to also participate in sporting activities which traditionally used to be male dominated. “Even if we are to back to the bible, dating itself was always a men’s world. In the sphere of…

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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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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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Govt rejects HIV mandatory testing

By Daniel Phiri GOVERNMENT says it will not follow the example of Zambia by instituting mandatory HIV/Aids testing adding that it’s a violation of human rights. Zambia last month had announced that it was mandatory for people to be tested for HIV/Aids as part of its response strategy to curb the complicated disease. However, after a wave of massive opposition from human rights organisations and civic groups, the decision was reversed. Addressing Online and digital journalists at a workshop organised by the National Aids Council (NAC) recently, head of Aids…

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How I Conquered HIV Stimga : The story of Vangrista Nyambuya

“I have disclosed my status to my community and to my family and we are living a normal life, people have accepted us for who we are and they even remind me when I forget to take my medication…” By Daniel Phiri THERE are close to 1.3 million people living with HIV/Aids in Zimbabwe and most of them face challenges owing to stigma attached to the disease. However this stigma is based on misconceptions, myths and unverified beliefs and results in society looking down upon HIV/Aids infected people. Stigma has…

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