Zim’s Adolescents and Young People Attend In-Country Hub For The 2022 AIDS Conference 

YOUNG people from various communities In Zimbabwe converged for the AIDS2022 In Country Virtual Hub amidst growing calls for government to increase domestic funding towards HIV and AIDS programing. By Michael Gwarisa The five day in-country AIDS2022 In Country Virtual Hub was hosted by Zvandiri in Harare at Bronte Hotel following the denying of visas for most young people mainly from African countries to attend the in-person AIDS2022 Conference in Montreal Canada. Other African countries that held in country hubs include Eswatini, Tanzania, Mozambique, Angola and Malawi. In Zimbabwe, The…

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No Monkeypox In Zimbabwe As Yet- Health Ministry

The Ministry of Health and Child Care has reassured the Zimbabwean public that there has not been any Monkeypox case in Zimbabwe. Health Reporter In a statement, the Ministry of Health urged people to report any suspected cases of Monkeypox to the country’s health emergency number, 2019. The Ministry of Health and Child Care would like to warn the public and its stakeholders of an on-going outbreak of monkeypox in non-endemic countries including neighboring South Africa. Currently no cases have been reported in Zimbabwe and is monitoring the evolving situation…

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ZCLDN Calls For Decriminalizing of Drug Use

THE Zimbabwe Civil Liberties and Drug Network (ZCLDN) say they welcome the move by MCAZ of issuing licences to all companies and individuals who are in the production and selling of medicinal cannabis but have reservations with the part where the authority warned that those caught selling cannabis without licences will be prosecuted for selling unapproved medicines. By Staff Reporter In a statement, ZCLDN said the approavl of medicinal cannabis will go a long way in assisting people with chronic illnesses such as cancer and arthritis, among others. As an…

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“The HIV response is in danger—the promise of ending AIDS is under threat “

Data just released in the new UNAIDS global AIDS report, In Danger, reveals that the world is not on course to end AIDS by 2030. For Zimbabwe the hard-won progress against HIV is threatened by deteriorating humanitarian situation and the country’s worsening economic circumstances, including currency volatility which are adding to an already difficult situation for Zimbabwe’s 1.3 million people living with HIV. Inequities are widening. Household food insecurity and limited access to hygiene, sanitation and water have a disproportionate impact on people living with HIV. HIV medication should not…

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Achieving an AIDS-free future: African leaders are championing sexuality education at the International AIDS Conference

MONTREAL, Canada, 1 August 2022 — At the 24 th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022) held inMontreal, UNESCO and Frontline AIDS hosted a session where African leaders championed sexualityeducation and challenged misinformation to work toward an AIDS-free generation. Young advocates,representatives from African governments and CSOs made the case on why Comprehensive SexualityEducation should remain a priority for HIV prevention efforts and health and wellbeing for young peoplein Sub-Saharan Africa. “Every week, 4900 girls and women aged 15-24 in Sub-Saharan Africa acquire HIV. Each one of theseinfections could be prevented if…

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Zimbabwe Submits Bid To Host ICASA In 2023

ZIMBABWE together with other five African countries have submitted bids to host the International Conference on AIDS and STIs In Africa (ICASA) in 2023. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe’s intention to host the 2023 ICASA was announced during a Press Conference that was held on Friday by ICASA at the ongoing 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal Canada. The Zimbabwean delegation was also present during the press conference and was headed by the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr John Mangwiro. Speaking during the Press Conference, Dr John…

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Medicinal Cannabis License Applications Galore

VARIOUS players and individuals in the pharmaceutical as well as complimentary medicines sector have already submitted applications seeking approval to dispense hemp-based canabidiol products as complementary medicines. By Michael Gwarisa The Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) recently put out a call to submit applications for registration in the form of a dossier as required by complementary medicines guidelines. In an interview with HealthTimes, MCAZ Acting Director General, Mr Richard Rukwata said the response to their call has been overwhelming of late. Quite a number of individuals have expressed interest…

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Surviving TB As A Young Person. Tracing Dr Tanaka Mukuhwa’s Journey With TB

Tanaka Mukuhwa (19) from Mutare is a Tuberculosis Survivor and a young person living openly with HIV. He was diagnosed with Meningitis Tuberculosis (TB) at the age of 13 when he was still in school and stayed in hospital for six months. By Michael Gwarisa His story illustrates the profound consequences tuberculosis can have on young people especially those at the prime of their lives. Even though Tanaka’s story has a happy ending and describes unexpected positives amidst the challenges of tuberculosis treatment, including how this disease might provide an…

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Botswana reaches 95-95-95 HIV target

Botswana becomes the second nation in the world, after Eswatini, to reach a landmark UN goal towards eradicating AIDS, researchers said Wednesday, in what health experts hailed as “stellar results”. By Staff Reporter The country according to a study published ahead of the 24th International AIDS Conference has met the so-called “95-95-95” target on HIV diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression several years early. About one in five people in Botswana live with the virus — one of the highest rates in the world — according to the UN AIDS agency…

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Media critical in ending TB in the mining sector

A third of tuberculosis (TB) infections in Southern Africa are linked to mining activities and recent studies estimate that 3 to 7 percent of miners are becoming ill with TB each year (TIMS Epidemiological Study,2012). Health Times Reporter in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania To address these challenges, media practitioners are from 11 SADC member countries converged yesterday, 27 July 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for a two-days sensitisation workshop to enhance informed reporting on TB-related issues including TB in the mining sector at the invitation of the East, Central…

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