HIV Testing Beams Longevity To People Living With HIV: Rev Kapachawo

THE old adage which says “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’, aptly sums up the journey through which renowned HIV activist and clergyman, Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo walked in his quest to conquer the ravenous HIV/AIDS claiming millions of lives annually. By Kudakwashe Pembere Most of you still remember the famed 2005 Television and Radio advert, “Ini ndiriPastor uyezve ndiri HIV Positive. Ndinosevenza neZinerela. Shoko rangu guru nderekuti HIV haina shasha inogona kubata chero munhu. Mwari vanechekuita nehupenyu hwangu nehwako. Naizvozvo ngativarumbidzei Hallelujah! ….Ngatinamateyi kuti Mwari…

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PSI Gets US$95 Million To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

POPULATION Services International (PSI), was recently awarded US$95 million to scale up HIV response as well as reduce the HIV incidence in Zimbabwe. HealthTimes Reporter The grant is coming through under a new program dubbed “Going the Last Mile for HIV Control” which was granted with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC). PSI Country Representative, Staci Leuschner said,  “the program will work closely with the MOHCC, as well as other USAID health partners and…

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PSI Surpasses 2018 Vmmc Target in Mazowe

POPULATION Services International (PSI), has registered increased uptake of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (Vmmc) services in Mazowe District,  Mashonaland central, at the back of increased community engagements and sensitization programs. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mvurwi The province is one of the red zones in terms of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) prevalence owing to massive mining activities and tobacco farming which push young people into risky sexual behaviour. Mashonaland Central provincial field manager, Mrs Joy Chikwena said despite having set the highest target for Mazowe, the district had surpassed its…

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PSI Launches Patients Tracking Mobile App

THE Populations Services International (PSI) has introduced a Mobile Application, dubbed, Connecting with Sara, a platform meant to track and engage with clients through their mobile phones. By Michael Gwarisa The App which is currently being used in Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique is set to leverage on the swelling numbers of internet and phone usage with latest figures indicating that five billion people across the world have a phone in their pocket. In an article, PSI Senior Program Manager, Global Business Chris Purdy said Sub-Saharan Africa was poised for boom…

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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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Its High Time Zim Schools Adopt Condoms

By Michael Gwarisa THERE is a raging debate on whether Zimbabwean schools should allow condoms to be distributed in schools to school going children. A number of campaigns including the Condomize Zimbabwe drive have  made strides in ensuring every sexually active citizen has access to protected sex regardless of race, age, religious or political beliefs. However, powerful sections of the society have been instrumental in blocking the move to avail condoms in schools citing various reasons. Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora  said Government does not intend to dish…

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Should Condoms Be Sold?

By Michael Gwarisa THE HIV/AIDS scourge has left many families destitute in Africa and even beyond. According to statistics, millions of people have died as a result of AIDS in Zimbabwe alone. However, HIV/AIDS groups and the civic society believe the biggest contributor to HIV infections and deaths is the practice of unsafe and unprotected sex. What is safe sex for a starter? According to a definition by betterhealth.vic.gov.au,  ‘Safe sex‘ is sexual contact that doesn’t involve the exchange of semen, vaginal fluids or blood between partners. If used correctly, condoms…

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US Government allocates US$150 million towards HIV prevention

By Michael Gwarisa THE United States government (USG) says it will pour in an additional US$150 million  towards HIV prevention programs in 2017 amid calls by local implementing partners to increase funding to wards prevention initiatives. Briefing Journalists this morning (06/062017), the USG Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Caroline O’Connel said the additional US$150 million injection would reach out to not less than 2.5 million people. “The epidemic control for HIV is really dependent on a consortium of a different groups. We start with the Ministry of…

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