#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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USAid programme throws lifeline to mothers, babies

SAKUBVA District Hospital is located in a high-density suburb in Sakubva, Mutare. This public hospital, surrounded by large mountains, has become a safe haven for mothers and babies from remote areas who would have faced complications at birth. BY FLORENCE RONDOZAI/ DOREEN HOVE The hospital has one of the 29 Kangaroo Mother Care units for premature babies in Manicaland province that the USAid-supported Maternal and Child Health Integrated Programme (MCHIP) made functional through extensive training of health care workers, refurbishments, and supply of new equipment. These units have been instrumental…

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Keeping Girls Safe and in School in Chipinge

In a region characterized by poverty, child marriages, school dropouts and child abuse, adolescent girls are taking action to stay healthy and protect themselves from HIV. By Family AIDS Caring Trust Orphans and Vulnerable Children Team In eastern Zimbabwe, near the border with Mozambique, a school and the surrounding community are dramatically changing attitudes and social norms through the DREAMS initiative, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID. There, DREAMS is reaching thousands of parents, caregivers and students and making their dreams come…

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USAID/PSZ Prevents Maternal and child deaths In Zimbabwe

By Michael Gwarisa THE United States government’s partnership with Population Services Zimbabwe (PSZ) has managed to avert not less than 814 maternal and 3,800 child deaths over the past five years. At an event marking the five year partnership between the organisations which celebrated five years of improving access to voluntary family planning information and services to poor undeserving populations in Zimbabwe, USAID Zimbabwe Acting Deputy Mission Director, Julie Nenon said, “…the US is proud to increase availability of diverse family planning options for Zimbabweans. “Enabling couples and individuals to…

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Shot In The Arm For Zim Women Entrepreneurs

By Daniel Phiri  AS the old adage goes, “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” For one Rumbidzai Manzonzo of Sheen Cosmetics and Services based in Mutare, the Zimbabwe: Works project (Z:W) a USAID, DFID and SIDA funded project came at the right time and made her realize her dreams of owning a cosmetics business. The project is a five-year US$12.5million initiative funded by the USAID in partnership DFID and SIDA to strengthen NGOs and private…

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The Plight Of Malnourished HIV Positive Mothers In Hopely

“We end up eating our baby’s food because the situation at times becomes so bad, there wont be any food in the house…” By Michael Gwarisa  IT’S a Wednesday morning and hundreds of women both young and old are queuing at a World Food Program (WFP) container cubicle at Hopley Satellite Clinic to get their monthly allocations of fortified food for them and their young ones. Amongst the women is one weary looking young woman seating by the long bench with her baby clutched on her back. A gaze deep…

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USAID Avails US$20 Mln To Africaid To Scale Up Zvandiri Model

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has availed a US$20 million grant towards HIV treatment, care, and support services for youths in particular those living with HIV. The grant is being awarded to a Zimbabwean private voluntary organization, Africaid who are spearheading the Zvandiri model which is targeted at young people who were born HIV positive. Speaking during the signing ceremony, USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk said “USAID is proud to partner with Africaid to help Zimbabwean children and adolescents live longer, healthier lives. The United…

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Donor Reliance Threatens Family Planning Efforts- USAID

By Staff Reporter ZIMBABWE’S high dependence on donor support threatens efforts to address family planning issues the country is facing, a top USAID official has said. ALSO READ: Zim Beats Global Family Planning Target  Speaking at the Family Planning Symposium, Hillary Chiguvare from USAID said such foreign dependency was not sustainable adding that it’s time for government to increase its allocation to health. “There is an agreement now that relying on foreign funding is not sustainable, it actually threatens family planning support and program, I think it’s now time we…

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53 000 Benefit from US Nutrition and Sanitation Project

Staff Reporter NOT less than 53 000 Zimbabwean citizens have benefited from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) driven Community Water Supply, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Natural Resources Management project (C-WASH). The project is being Implemented by Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Zimbabwe and  C-WASH worked with communities to provide sustainable access to clean and safe drinking water sources and improved sanitation facilities. ALSO READ: US government allocates US$150 million towards HIV prevention  Speaking during the celebrations at Sherukuru Secondary School in Mutasa District, USAID/Zimabwe Acting Deputy Mission…

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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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