ZAN and Partners Move To Address Structural Barriers Facing Key Populations In Accessing Health Services

A consortium running under the banner ZIZIWAZI, which comprise of the Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN), the National AIDS Council (NAC), Health Foundation Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Rainbow Community and others,  has embarked on a five year engagement program with the aim of addressing challenges faced by populations at higher risk of HIV in accessing health services. By Patricia Mashiri Key populations or groups at high risk of HIV in Zimbabwe include Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) and other members making up the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ)…

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WHO Explains Why Some Vaccinated People Still Get Severe COVID-19

A situation whereby fully vaccinated people contract COVID-19 also known as “vaccine breakthrough cases,” is largely determined by one’s immunity response vaccines as people respond differently to vaccine immunity, a top World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. By Patricia Mashiri The world over, though in smaller numbers, some fully vaccinated people have been developing severe COVID-19 symptoms, hospitalizations and at times deaths, a development which has left many perplexed. Speaking during an HIV and COVID-19 Science Café, Dr Gasasira said with all COVID-19 vaccines available not all people have…

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Calls For Increased Efforts To Curb Hopely’s Teen Pregnancies and Substance Abuse Get Louder

Civil Society organizations who gathered in Hopley Community agreed that there was need for concerted efforts to help build the vulnerable community and rid it of ills such as the high teen pregnancies, Sexual abuse as well as high substance abuse. By Patricia Mashiri Hopley, a Peri-urban community on the outskirts of Harare has a population of 200 000 residents. Speaking during a stakeholder meeting on gender-based violence at Tariro Youth Centre in Hopley, Obey Mukorera, the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research (ZiCHIRe) programs Officer  said there was need to…

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ZNFPC, City Of Harare Use Sport To Fight GBV and HIV In Young People

IN an effort to eradicate new HIV infections, teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence (GBV) in communities, the Harare City Council in partnership with the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) have introduced youths games to keep young people engaged. By Patricia Mashiri The games include soccer, netball and traditional games such as nhodo, tsoro and other . Speaking during the games which took place in Mbare over the weekend, Mrs Calista Kaseke, Harare City Council Community Services Officer based in Mabvuku said the games are aimed at reducing idleness in…

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2022 National Budget Fails To Answer Key Disability Questions

EVEN though the 2022 National Budget that was recently announced by Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube showed some improvement in the allocation to the health sector, it is silent on some of concerns that have been affecting Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) over the years. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe has a sizable number of person with disabilities with indications that  9.3% of the country’s population are are persons with disabilities, according to a recent survey that was conducted by Zimstats, Speaking during a press conference on disability-inclusive budgeting,…

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SAT launches GBV violence policy brief

THE SRHR Africa Trust (SAT), a non -governmental organization that supports community systems for sexual and reproductive health rights(SRHR) has launched a sexual Gender Based Violence (GBV) policy brief. By Patricia Mashiri The policy brief was done in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Victim Friendly Unit (VFU)  with the aim of producing evidence on sexual violence which informs the community on the scale on SGBV as well as lead to increased identification and reporting. Speaking during the launch, Dr Mildred Mushunje, the SAT Country Director said the policy…

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There is need to change health professionals Curriculum to suit SRHR

A conversation with SRHR Africa Trust (SAT), CSOs, Nurses Association, Progressive Doctors Association and Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe. By Patricia Mashiri Sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are one of the key issues in the discussion on the health rights of adolescents. Speaking during a round table discussion hosted by SRHR Africa Trust (SAT), Mrs Hamida Ismail- Mauto the SRHR Country Operations Manager said there was need to use a multi-sectoral approach in making sure that adolescents access SRHR services. Onset of sexual activity during adolescence is now common,…

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“Without Sufficient Domestic Financing, Forget About Ending AIDS By 2030,” –HIV Advocates

ENDING AIDS by 2030 remains a pipedream for Zimbabwe if the current scenario whereby majority of funding for healthcare if coming from international donor organizations, top HIV and AIDS advocates have said. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe has made significant strides towards reducing new HIV infections and deaths over the years through support from global partners such as the PEPFAR, The Global Fund (GF) and others. However, emerging health issues such as the COVID-19 coupled with donor fatigue could see donors gradually shifting focus towards other issues. Addressing a 2021 World…

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Strengthen Referral Pathways To End GBV

Civil Society Organizations have called for the strengthening of community referral pathways  in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). By Patricia Mashiri The call comes in the midst of the 16 days against GBV theme running under the theme, “Orange the world: end violence against women now. Speaking during a virtual meeting on GBV response, gaps and opportunities, Vimbai Nyika, the SRHR Africa Trust SRHR  Youth Officer said education is important in making sure that referral paths are built. The communities we live in need to know the important…

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Shamwari yeMwanasikana Recognizes Men Role Models

Shamwari YeMwanasikana has conferred awards to male role models who champion Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the eradication of Gender Based Violence (GBV). By Patricia Mashiri The awards were held as part of the commemorations of the 16 days of activism against gender based violence which starts on 25 November and ends on 16 December, under the theme #Oranging the world, end violence against women now. Speaking at the awards ceremony, the guest of honor Mr Stephen Nyaruwata who is the Acting Director Ministry of Women Affairs Community,…

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