Gvt Digs Into Health Levy To Rescue TB Drugs Crisis

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) says has allocated an amount to the tune of US$500 000 from the airtime health levy fund to beef up Tuberculosis (TB) drugs supplies in the face of a prevailing TB drugs crisis. By Michael Gwarisa According to the MoHCC, the country is currently experiencing an inadequate availability of fixed dose combination (FDC) medicines for the intensive phase treatment of tuberculosis (first two months) and the US$500 000 would also buttress some relief supplies government received from MSF. “The Ministry has received…

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Targeted TB Screening Effective For Vulnerable Communities

THE targeted screening for active Tuberculosis (TB) among high risk groups, being spearheaded by the Ministry of health and Child Care’s National TB Program in partnership with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) bears fruits at community level. By Michael Gwarisa The National TB Program has partnered with The Union in intensifying active case finding for TB by targeting high risk groups and communities around the country. The initiative is being co-funded by Global Fund and USAID’s Challenge TB. In an interview with HealthTimes, The Union…

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Zim Excels In Adult TB Diagnosis: WHO

Zimbabwe is making great strides in terms of detecting tuberculosis despite lagging behind in pediatric TB diagnosis, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. By Kuda Pembere WHO representative Dr Wiflred Nkhoma said the country has done impressively well in terms of diagnosing TB. He said this at the launch of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation-Unitaid Catalysing Pediatric TB Innovation in Zimbabwe. “I can safely say Zimbabwe has done well in TB treatment and I can tell you this as an advisor to the WHO regional office,” he…

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Five Barriers To Ending TB According To MSF

This World Tuberculosis Day (March 24), Doctors Without Borders (MSF) profiles five key strategies on which government and donors should focus their finances and efforts in order to end the deadly TB epidemic. BY MSF TB is curable, but there are numerous challenges that exist at every level of TB diagnosis and care – not only in South Africa, but around the world, where one person dies every 18 seconds from TB. Below are the five barriers to effective TB treatment Barrier 1: Stigma exacerbates the TB epidemic, which is already commonly…

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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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#BREAKING: Global Fund Avails $500 million Funding To Zimbabwe’s Health Sector

THE Global Fund has availed an additional $502 million towards Zimbabwe’s healthcare which will go towards supporting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. By Michael Gwarisa The grants will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UNDP in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC). Officiating at the Grant launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenhyatwa said the $500 million grant will be able to sustain the gains made so far in fighting…

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TB Kills 1.7 Million Says MSF

By Michael Gwarisa Tuberculosis killed not less than 1.7 million people last year in 2016 amid increased cases  of drug-resistant (DR) forms of tuberculosis (TB), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said. Four in five people with DR-TB remain undiagnosed, and only half of those started on treatment are cured.  Two newer drugs to treat DR-TB – bedaquiline and delamanid – have been available for five years and could help save more lives. Dr Isaac Chikwanha, Medical Advisor for TB, HIV and Hepatitis C, MSF Access Campaign said less than 5 per cent of people who need the drugs actually receive them…

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Zimbabwe Successfully Integrates TB/HIV Programs- Minister

By Michael Gwarisa HEALTH and child care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa has applauded Zimbabwe for successfully integrating Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV programs in a bid to curb high mortality amongst HIV patients owing to TB. TB and HIV have of  late been described as Siamese twins owing to the indelible trail of destruction they have left behind. In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the ongoing Afro National TB and HIV Programme Managers conference in Harare, minister Parirenyatwa said government had successfully integrated the two deadly diseases in…

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MSF nurse wins HIV-TB prize for life-saving TB test research

Staff Reporter  Zimbabwean MSF nurse and researcher Chenai Mathabire has won an HIV/TB Research Prize at this year’s International Aids Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS2017). Through a study conducted in Malawi and Mozambique, Chenai has provided strong evidence that an easy-to-use point-of-care TB LAM test, which quickly diagnoses tuberculosis (TB) in severely ill HIV patients, is feasible to use in real-life clinics with high numbers of HIV-TB patients. TB is the biggest killer of people living with advanced HIV, with over 400,000 patients dying each year from the disease.…

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TB The Unsung Siamese Twin Killer

ZIMBABWE has over the years made some tremendous strides towards fighting the worlds leading killer disease AIDS, which according to statistics has claimed millions of lives. In 2015, Zimbabwe recorded 13 000 AIDS related deaths while HIV prevalence stood at 13,8 percent indicating a 15 percent decline from the previous year. New infections went down from 0,98 to 0,78 percent in 2015. HealthTimes Reporter  Even though the country is celebrating these milestones, Tuberculosis (TB) still remains a big threat to most government’s efforts of ending AIDS by 2030. TB and…

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