Zim Gets Advanced Tech To Test HIV In Infants…Results Come Out Within Hours

ZIMBABWE has to date received at least 10 SAMBA machines meant for early diagnosis of HIV in infants, a move set to speed up detection of HIV in new born babies and children. By Michael Gwarisa The SAMBA HIV testing technology comes at a time Zimbabwe is making inroads towards eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and the new technology will aid in detecting the virus early making it easy to initiate the young ones on anti-retro viral medicines. Officiating at the Handover Ceremony of 10 SAMBA machines to…

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Second Cholera Vaccine Dose Out Next Month

A second dose of the cholera vaccine will be administered to the public in the next 30 days, a Cabinet official has said.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Despite the cholera epidemic having been controlled,  a number of latest cases  continue be recorded in communal areas with latets having been detected in Mutoko. Over 50 people succumbed to the water borne disease across the country with the majority of deaths reported in Glen View and Budiriro which was the hotspot. Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said in an…

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Karoi Records Spike In Teen Pregnancies and STIs

KAROI rural district is battling a surge in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and teen pregnancies owing to an unprecedented rise in risky sexual behavior by young people.   By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Hurungwe This emerged at the International Condom Day commemorations in the district on Saturday. Officiating the event, Hurungwe district administrator Ms Makepeace Muzenda said there was a spike in new STI cases. “There is a lot of traffic in our town, there by meaning a lot of sexual activity that also happens. As a town we have…

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New NAC Boss Should Be Openly Living With HIV- Activists

PEOPLE Living With HIV (PLHIV) and other HIV activists have called on government to at least hire a new Chief Executive Officer(CEO) for the  National Aids Council (NAC) who is currently living openly with HIV and understands the plight and issues affecting PLHV. By Michael Gwarisa The call comes after NAC recently put out an advertisement seeking the services of a new CEO after it resigned its long serving CEO, Dr Tapuwa Magure. The post is currently being held by NAC Operations Manager, Mr Raymond Yekeye on an acting basis.…

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#JOBALERT: Oxfam is Hiring

Consultancy to conduct the final evaluation of the WE-Care Work your Dreams Programme (INT5282)   Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty. The Role Since 2013, Oxfam’s Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care) initiative has worked to produce new methodologies and context-specific evidence about care work to enable development actors to address heavy and unequal care work for women in development initiatives and policy proposals.The Work your Dreams programme is a three year partnership(started in October 2016)between Oxfam GB, Unilever, the laundry…

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Zim Female Journalist Nominated For Martial Arts Award

PROMINENT Zimbabwe Journalist, Grace Chirumhanzu has been nominated for the prestigious Annual Sports Awards (ANSA) following her victorios Karate exploits. By Michael Gwarisa Through her Twitter and Facebook accounts, Chirumhanzu said being a women should nor stop any women from dreaming big and achieving greatness. “I have been nominated for the Annual National Sports Awards (ANSA) Sportswoman of the Year. This is alongside amazing sportswomen Kudakwashe Memory Chiwandire, a fellow karateka and Chess Queen Paidaishe Zengeni. The Awards dinner is on March 1. “I have always wanted to see how…

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Zim Requires 173 Million Condoms Per Year

ZIMBABWE requires about 173 million male and female condoms annually to meet demand, a Ministry of Health and Childcare official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere For this year, the country with a population of about 16 million received about 136 million condoms. Addressing a High level Advocacy Meeting for Comprehensive Condom Programming in Zimbabwe Health and Childcare Deputy Director of AIDS and STIs,  Dr Tsitsi Apollo said in 2017, the country used over half of the needed amount.  With Wednesday being the International Condom Day, the meeting was a…

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Valentines Blood Drive Lives Up To Billing

BLOOD donors today thronged National Blood Services of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) blood clinics dotted around the country to give blood under the Valentines Blood drive campaign. By Michael Gwarisa According to a survey done by HealthTimes, as early as 8:00 am, blood donors had already come through to give blood at Joina City branch and the NBSZ Mazowe branch in Harare. In an interview on the side-lines of the Blood drive, NBSZ Public Affairs Manager, Ms Esther Massundah said the Valentines blood drive was one of the many campaigns lined up…

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UNAIDS Appoints New Deputy Executive Director of Programme

UNITED Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Shannon Hader as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Shannon is an exceptional leader in AIDS and TB—with extensive experience in improving systems for health,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “From Washington DC to Zimbabwe she understands the epidemic and the response needed at the community, country and global levels—her vision and knowledge will be critical for UNAIDS and to ending AIDS by 2030.” Dr…

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USAID Announces $12 Mln Cancer Prevention Fund For Sub Saharan Africa

THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will dedicate $12 million to support the expansion of programs, to prevent cervical cancer in the Republics of Malawi and Mozambique through integrated programs to improve women’s health. Cervical cancer is an outcome of infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). To reduce cervical cancer in Malawi and Mozambique, USAID will fund activities through the following partnerships: accelerating the introduction of a screen-and-treat strategy for HPV and cervical pre-cancerous lesions in…

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