#BREAKING: New Single Dose ARVs To Be Launched in SA, Kenya

By Michael Gwarisa A new high quality HIV treatment therapy  and pricing regime which will accelerate availability of first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regime containing doulutegravir (DTG) will soon be launched in South Africa and Kenya before being distributed to other 90 low income countries around the world. The single-pill HIV treatment will be available to public sector purchasers in at around US$75 per person, per year. UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said, “This agreement will improve the quality of life for millions of people living with HIV. “To…

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#BREAKING: New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

By James Gallagher  Health and science reporter, BBC News website Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an “exciting breakthrough”. Human trials will start in 2018 to see if it can prevent or treat infection.…

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#BREAKING: VP Msika’s Widow Dies

By Michael Gwarisa  LATE Vice President Joseph Msika’s widow, Mrs Maria Msika has died, she was 89. Mrs Msika suffered a stroke more than a decade ago and has been in and out of hospital on countless occasions. HealthTimes is still to ascertain details of her death and funeral details but impeccable sources however confirmed the development…. More Details to follow….

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Drug Abuse Driving Child Prostitution In Zim

By Michael Gwairsa ALCOHOL and substance abuse has been blamed for increased cases of young girls engaging in prostitution/sex work around the country. According to a recent study by Shamwari YemwanaSikana (SYS), a local community based organization that seeks to promote the rights and empowerment of the girl child in the home, school and community, most young girls below the legal age of consenting to sex were falling prey to sex work owing to increased use of drugs like Msombodia, Bronco, Weed among others. “Alcohol abuse is a major driver of…

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SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association Takes Shape

By Michael Gwarisa MEDICAL experts from six regional countries are gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe to deliberate and discuss the establishment of the SADC Medical and Dental Regulatory Association  which will act as a regulatory body overseeing operations of of the dental health sector. Officiating at the meeting, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parliamentary said the government t of Zimbabwe was fully behind the formation of the Health and Dental regulatory body for the region. “I am very excited, not only am i exited for Zimbabwe but for the…

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PEPFAR Releases 2017-2020 Strategic Document For HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) today (19/09/2017) released its Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020), which will provide a road-map as well as identify specific areas which require investment as efforts to end the HIV pandemic intensify. VISIT: https://www.pepfar.gov/documents/organization/274400.pdf In his remarks, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the PEPFAR Strategy for Accelerating HIV/AIDS Epidemic Control (2017-2020) also includes investing in more than 50 countries with three concrete goals in mind. “First, to maintain life-saving treatment for those we currently support, while making essential…

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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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New Medical Aid Bill Shuts Out Players From Board

By Michael Gwarisa THE Association for Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe (AHFoZ) has bemoaned the proposed draft bill for medical aid operators for denying health funders and medical aid societies a place on the the regulatory board. In a presentation on the draft Medical Aid Societies Bill during a consultative meeting hosted today (Monday) by the Ministry of Health and Child Care,  AHFoZ criticised the fact that the draft Bill gave health funders no voice in the constitution of the board and no representation on it. On the other hand health…

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Zimplats To Help 500 Albinos

By Daniel Phiri PLATINUM mining giant Zimplats says it is working on a program that will see it assisting not less than 500 people with  albinism in Zimbabwe. According to UNICEF and Ministry of Health and Child Care, in 2015, there were about 70 000 people living albinism in Zimbabwe. People with albinism face a lot of challenges as most of their basic necessities such as sunscreen lotions; sunglasses, long-sleeved clothing and lip balms are being overpriced. Imported sunscreen sells for anything around US$30 per tube while those currently produced…

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Zimbabwe steps up fight against counterfeit medicine

SOURCE: DW  Counterfeit medicine is a major health hazard in Zimbabwe. The laws of the country are strict but the parallel market is hard to control, especially in times of economic crisis. The streets of downtown Harare are filled with vendors. Everyone seems to be trying to sell whatever they can to survive in a depressed economy. James Tinoda – who would not give his real name for fear of the law – is one of many unregistered medicine peddlers. He says he buys the unregistered medicine in Zambia. All…

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