Allocate Foreign Currency Towards ARV Procurement-CWGH

By Michael Gwarisa  THE Community Working Group on Heath (CWGH), has  called on government to prioritise allocation of foreign currency towards the procurement of Anti Retro Viral medicines ARVs amid revelations of massive ARV stockouts at public health centres and pharmacies. CWGH Executive director Itai Josh Rusike said it was disheartening that Zimbabwe which over the years made tremendous gains in reducing HIV/AIDS related deaths through multi-sectoral efforts, is now experiencing a serious shortage of Abacavir – a second line ARV drug to the extent that people taking that drug are…

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Zim Hosts Regional Radiotheraphy Workshop

Staff Reporter  ZIMBABWE is this week hosting the IAEA (AFRA) Regional training workshop on Radiotherapy in a bid to boost capacity amongst radiographers from across the continent. Speaking during the event’s official opening, Health and Child Care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the cancer scourge was growing in Africa and there was urgent need to find find homegrown solutions to the crisis. “Radiotherapy is one of the often neglected but is one of the critical areas in our hospitals. More and more cancers are being discovered in our country with…

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Zim ARV Shortage Could Trigger Massive Drug Resistance

By Michael Gwarisa  ZIMBABWE today (21/08/2017) woke up to devastating news that the country’s public health and pharmaceutical institutions have been hit by massive Anti Retro Viral (ARV) drug shortages. According to an article in the Herald, HIV positive people on second line Abacavir ARV drugs are the most affected and they are being given a week’s supply of the drug instead of the traditional three moths supply due to stock outs. It is believed that the huge stock outs and shortages in drug supplies are being exacerbated by the…

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