CHIPINGE recorded the highest number of households with members who missed Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) doses since beginning of the year 2019 at the back of drug stock outs amongst a host of other factors.
By Michael Gwarisa
Medicines stock-outs as for the period under review stood at 28% and was reported as the major reason for people missing ART doses while failure to access health facilities was at 20.9%, inadequate transport money to travel to health facilities 10.4% and forgetting to take medication by members living with HIV 10.4%.
According to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Committee (ZimVac) assessment for 2019, a total of 11 districts in the country had over 10% of households with at least one member living with HIV/AIDS reporting missed ART doses.
The 11 districts are Chipinge 36.8%, Mbire 21.1%, Mt Darwin 19.2%, Buhera 13.8%, Gokwe North 13.3%, Seke 12.9%, Chiredzi 12.8%, Chikomba 12.1%, Hurungwe 11.4%, Chimanimani 11.1%, Bikita 10.3%.
“Chipinge had an unusually high proportion of households 36.8% with members who missed doses. All districts in the Matabeleland provinces had proportions of less than 10% Bindura, Bulilima, Chegutu, Chirumanzu, Guruve, Gweru, Marondera, Mutare, Muzarabani, Mwenezi, Rushinga, Sanyati had no households reporting an missed doses,” said the report.
The Food and Nutrition Council successfully coordinated the 19 Rural Livelihoods Assessment (RLA) in May 2019 in the spirit of strengthening the National Food and Nutrition Security Information System (FNSIS).
About 96% of households which reported housing a member living with HIV/AIDS were accessing medication from primary health facilities. Treatment was the most accessed service by 66.4% of household members living with HIV. Reduced access to basic HIV treatment and care services such as condoms, psychosocial support, information and counselling often leads to defaulting of medication and treatment failure.
The assessment was carried out under the auspices of the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) which acts as a technical advisory committee. The Committee is comprised of representatives from Government, Development Partners, UN, NGOs, Technical Agencies and the Academia.