ARVs Crisis Deepens…PLHIV Seek Audience With Finance Minister

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) will soon be engaging the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development  to plead with government to allocate  foreign currency for procuring Anti Retro Viral Drugs (ARVs), amidst indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is struggling to make purchases since suppliers are demanding foreign currency. By Michael Gwarisa Indications on the ground show that procurement of ARVs medicines has of late been a Sisyphean task at the back of  NAC’s failure to convert the US$ 20 million in RTGS or bond notes stuck in their…

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Fiscal Austerity and the health sector

OVER the years, analysis of the Health budget has tended to restrict itself to examining conformity with the Abuja Declaration which state that at least 15% of the national budget must be allocated to health. By Taurai Nyandoro Nonetheless, the approach presents limitations in that it reduces us to celebrate a mere satisfaction of the 15% threshold, without evaluating the salient propositions on specific allocations such as unbalanced appropriations in favour of policy and administration versus direct service delivery and value for money. The latter becomes important taken in light…

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HIV and Religion in Zim…Churches, Sangomas, Mapostori speak out

RELIGION can be defined as a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, and organisation. Even though it is widely agreed that Zimbabwe is a Christian nation, a number of religious practices are observed making Zimbabwe a multi religious country. Pentecostalism, African Traditional Religion (ATR) and cultism known as Chipostori are…

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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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