Traditional Chiefs Rebuke GBV

ZIMBABWE’S traditional religious leaders have defended their culture saying it does not condone gender based violence. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during an SRHR Africa Trust (SAT) organized dialogue marking the end of the 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence. At a time when the blame is always thrown at traditional leaders, the chiefs said they yearn to work with organisations well versed in this controversial issue. Chief Chimoyo from Mashonaland East Province said these organisations will capacitate them in handling such issues. “Every time we sit for…

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Fake Malaria Drugs Kill 158,000 Yearly In Africa

A recent study indicates that at least 158,000 people die as a result of fake malaria drugs in Sub-Saharan Africa every year owing to  lack of a response mechanisms seen in other parts of the world, including supply chain regulation, track-and-trace technology and enforcement regimes. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 42% of detected cases of substandard or falsified pharmaceuticals occurred in Africa. Research findings from a study by the European Union-funded ENACT project on the threat of counterfeight drugs in Africa indicate that Globalisation has made it harder…

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Mberengwa Cries For Help…Battles High ARVs Coverage Gap

AT a time when other districts are doing well in terms of advancing treatment and care to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) clients, Mberengwa remains in the negative despite efforts by partners and the ministry of health and child care to advance treatment to the area. Mberengwa has a low ART coverage of 44, 5 percent as of last year, making it one the districts with the highest ART  gap (3,000 – 10,000) along with 19 other districts which include Zvimba, Gokwe, Chipinge, Bulawayo, Goromonzi, Insiza, Umguza, Kwekwe, Mt Darwin, Lupane, Mazowe,…

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Stigma slows down ART interventions in Chegutu

CHEGUTU a farming and mining community in Mashonaland West is one of the few districts that have Medium Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage gap in Zimbabwe. Due to low levels of education amongst most people from farming communities, the levels of stigma are still high, hence the ART coverage gap (1,500-3,000) people living HIV. Due to interventions by ITECH a United States Government President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partner spearheading viral load testing and monitoring in at least 31 clinics, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage has improved over the years.…

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