PEPFAR Launches 2019 HIV Media Awards

THE United States  President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relife (PEPFAR) on Friday launched the HIV/AIDS Media Awards competition as a way to recognise along with appreciating Zimbabwean journalists’ efforts in educating and informing Zimbabwe on the disease.  By Kudakwashe Pembere The awards cover photo, print, online and broadcast journalism. Entries should have been published or broadcast between October 2018 and October 2019.  Announcing the launch at PEPFAR’s 15 th anniversary in Zimbabwe,   PEPFAR Coordinator Mr Mark Troger said the awards were in their third year running.   “So tonight…

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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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PEPFAR To Spend $360 million On Key Populations

THE United States (US), President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) says it will spend not less than US$360 million on programs meant to support Key Populations in countries where PEPFAR is implementing HIV programs. HealthTimes Reporter The developments come hot on heels of the 2018 International  AIDS Conference which was held in Amsterdam where a number of programs meant to scale up HIV prevention amongst various societal groups were launched. According to PEPPFAR’s fact sheet, the US$360 million injection would go a long in bridging to gaps that exists…

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$1.2 billion HIV Funding For Men Launched

GLOBAL partners gathered at the ongoing 2018 International Conference in Amsterdam today launched a $1.2 billion funding earmarked for HIV programming for men in a bid to scale up diagnosis and treatment of HIV infection in men. By Michael Gwarisa The program dubbed MenStar Coalition  was announced by Sir Elton John and the Duke of Sussex, the MenStar Coalition brings together the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the U.S.  Partners involve include the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Unitaid, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the…

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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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#PEPFAR15: PEPFAR Scales Up HIV Prevention in Zimbabwe

…More People Initiated On ART The U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has launched the PEPFAR’s year-long 15th anniversary campaign amidst indications that close to 900 000 people living with HIV received Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in 2017 through its efforts. The celebrations will be running under the theme “15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships which is aimed at highlighting the tremendous impact, efficiency, and accountability of the U.S. government’s longstanding HIV/AIDS leadership across three administrations. According to PEPFAR, latest trends indicate that death and despair have…

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PEPFAR Takes HIV Awareness To HIFA

THE US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has upped its campaign to create HIV/AIDS awareness and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services (SRHR) at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA). In an interview with HealthTimes at their First Street stand, PEPFAR Coordinator, Funmi Adesanya said HIFA had provided them with an opportunity to interact with many people from various backgrounds and they had managed to effectively spread the message about testing, adherence to medication among other things. “We are here supporting HIFA to…

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US Gvt To Scale Up Cervical Cancer Screening In Zim

THE United States Government (USD) says it will now support cervical cancer screening activities in Zimbabwe amidst indications that the disease has of  late been the leading cause of death in women i over the past few years. By Michael Gwarisa According to national statistics, Cervical cancer kills not less than 2000 women annually. Speaking at the just held PEPFAR HIV/AIDS Media Awards, Charged d’ Affairs at the US Embassy, Jennifer Savage said focus would now shift fighting cervical cancer screening to ensure early detection and treatment of the disease.…

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HealthTimes Reporter Wins National HIV/AIDS Reporting Award

THE United States Embassy, through support from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) recognised four Zimbabwean Journalists for outstanding contribution to HIV and AIDS reporting in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere Speaking during the awards ceremony, Jennifer Savage, Charge d, Affairs at the United States Embassy said the awards are a symbol of continued U.S commitment to ensuring that Zimbabweans had access to information about support services available to those affected by HIV. “Your commitment to reporting on issues that affect your communities as well as solutions being…

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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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