Africaid-Zvandiri Improves Viral Load Testing Coverage in Beitbridge

THE Zvandiri Program supports and cares for children, adolescents and young people living with HIV (CAYPLHIV) aged 0-24 years. The organization began working in Beitbridge in all 19 health facilities, in October 2020, with funding from USAID. By Africaid Zvandiri Before implementation started, the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and Africaid-Zvandiri conducted a baseline survey which showed that only 345 out of 1845 (19%) CAYPLHIV in the district had a documented and valid viral load (VL) result. Shortages of testing reagents at the district laboratory, transportation of blood…

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Government’s Free Dialysis Initiative Saves Kidney Patients’ Lives

GOVERNMENT continues to offer  free dialysis and kidney care in the Zimbabwe’s Public Health Institutions, a move that has taken off the high cost burden associated with the procedure at a time most citizens cannot afford hospital care and stay owing to depressed incomes and lack of health insurance. By Patricia Mashiri Celebrating World International kidney day which ran under the theme: ‘Living Well With Kidney Disease,’ Dr Fabian Mashingaidze, the Gweru Provincial Hospital Medical Superintendent  said they are currently treating not less than 31 patients a week. The cost…

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Catastrophic 3rd Wave Beckons In Zimbabwe As Complacency Kicks In, Expert Warns Of COVID-19 Armageddon

ZIMBABWE’S COVID-19 situation could get ugly in the not so distant future amidst indications of an increased daily positivity rate which may signal the arrival of a third wave which is likely to be deadlier and lethal owing to the emergence of new variants. By Michael Gwarisa The rise in new infections in Zimbabwe also follows the relaxation of the lockdown regulations from level four to an unspecified lower level which has seen daily activities and gatherings returning to normal as citizens try to fend for their families as well…

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