#SisterToSister Program Keeps UMP Girls Off Early Marriages and HIV Risk

THE Sister to Sister program being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research project (Zichire) is working flat out to ensure young girls in Uzumba, Maramba and Pfungwe (UMP) pursue their dreams without the inconvenience of early marriages and HIV infection. By Michael Gwarisa recently in UMP The issue of early marriages is most prevalent in the UMP district with members of the Appstolic sect (Mapostori ekwa Marange) and artisanal miners (Makororkoza) being the major perpetrators  and drivers of early marriages. In an interview on the sidelines of a…

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Moonlight Testing Effective Tool In HIV Hotspots

PEOPLE  coming for HIV, Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and cervical cancer screening services during moonlight testing sessions are more compared to those who seek Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services during the day at major hotspots in Mashonaland East. By Michael Gwarisa in Mash East The program is dubbed moonlight because the tests take place at night to help protect those who fear being stigmatised by being seen visiting the centres during the day. According to the National Aids Council District Aids Office for Mrehwa, the open air daylight session at…

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CATS Driving ART Adherence In Children At Grassroots

COMMUNITY Adolescents Treatment Supporters (CATS) an Africaid, Zvandiri initiative which focuses on promoting  HIV prevention, treatment and care for children living with HIV, has broken societal barriers to prevention through initiating well planned treatment adherence and tracking systems. By Michael Gwarisa in Mashonaland East Speaking during a National AIDS Council (NAC) Media tour, Zvandiri Mentor, Tinashe Chigadza said the CATS program had proven to be a force to reckon in promoting HIV prevention, treatment and adherence to medication amongst young people in Mashonalnd East. “My main role is to supervise…

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NAC To Establish 30 Static Sites For Sex Workers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is in the process of setting up 30 Static Health Sites around the country and boarder posts which will attend to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights  (SRHR) of sex workers (SWs) amidst indications that HIV prevalence amongst sex workers continues to rise nationally. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of a Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN) organised breakfast meeting between Civil Society and the Business Sector on sustainable economic options and livelihoods for Key Populations (SWs and Prisoners), NAC Key Populations…

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HIV Prevalence Rates Declines In Mashonaland- NAC

Mashonaland West province has recorded a decline in the HIV prevalence rate and new incidences due to the scaling up of various prevention and treatment programmes. The Herald: Mashonaland West Bureau According to figures released by the National Aids Council (NAC) provincial office in Chinhoyi, about 138 981 adults and children were living with HIV in 2016, of which six percent were forecast to be children under the age of 14. The report also showed that the HIV prevalence rate of adults between the age of 15 and 49 had…

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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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