#BREAKING: Zim To Switch To New ARV Drug With Less Side Effects

ZIMBABWE is ready to transition to Teno-Lamuvudine Dolutegrevir (TLD), an Anti-retro Viral (ARV) drug with less side effects, moving away from the Teno-Lamivudine-Efavirenz (TLE) a three in one drug that is taken once a day, a top health official has said By Michael Gwarisa The development comes barely a year after government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) deferred rolling out of the Dolutegrevir drug following indications that it posed a great risk to women of child bearing age and adolescent girls which might lead to women…

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Govt dissolves NAC board

GOVERNMENT has dissolved the National Aids Council (NAC) board with immediate effect, barely a year after its appointment. SOURCE: The Herald In a letter dated March 4, Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo said the dissolution followed concerns by stakeholders on appointment of the board, which was deemed improper. “Further to our meeting of the 30th of January 2019, where it was noted that the NAC board was improperly appointed, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has concurred to the dissolution of the NAC board…

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Global Fund Team on Funds Tracking Visit To Zim

A Global Fund Team will arrive in Zimbabwe in a fortnight to assess the implementation and procurement progress of projects they fund. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged out of the Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) update meeting on Wednesday which is regularly held to track funding, procurement and implementation patterns for Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis. It was established in response to requirements and recommendations of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (” The Global Fund ” – GF) where GF processes at country level should be led by…

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Over 8 000 Zimbabweans on PrEP

ZIMBABWE has to date managed to initiate over 8 000 people on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis  (PrEP) since commencement of the project in 2016, a government official said on Thursday.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Currently administered in the form of tablets, PrEP has been studied to be effective in the protection of HIV negative people against the disease. Since adoption of PrEP as a preventive measure against STIs in Zimbabwe in 2016, about 8 482 people have been initiated. Ministry of Health and Childcare National HIV Prevention Coordinator Ms Getrude Ncube told…

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#BREAKTHROUGH: Man Cured Of HIV

A British man may be the second person to be cured of HIV after doctors said he was in ‘sustained remission’ after being given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease. SOURCE: The Telegrapgh UK The breakthrough comes 10 years after the first such case, known as ‘The Berlin Patient’. The second person, dubbed ‘The London Patient’ was treated by specialists at at University College London and Imperial College in 2016,  and has since shown no sign of the virus. Doctors are hopeful the man is…

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Zim Gets Advanced Tech To Test HIV In Infants…Results Come Out Within Hours

ZIMBABWE has to date received at least 10 SAMBA machines meant for early diagnosis of HIV in infants, a move set to speed up detection of HIV in new born babies and children. By Michael Gwarisa The SAMBA HIV testing technology comes at a time Zimbabwe is making inroads towards eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and the new technology will aid in detecting the virus early making it easy to initiate the young ones on anti-retro viral medicines. Officiating at the Handover Ceremony of 10 SAMBA machines to…

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Zim Requires 173 Million Condoms Per Year

ZIMBABWE requires about 173 million male and female condoms annually to meet demand, a Ministry of Health and Childcare official said on Thursday. By Kudakwashe Pembere For this year, the country with a population of about 16 million received about 136 million condoms. Addressing a High level Advocacy Meeting for Comprehensive Condom Programming in Zimbabwe Health and Childcare Deputy Director of AIDS and STIs,  Dr Tsitsi Apollo said in 2017, the country used over half of the needed amount.  With Wednesday being the International Condom Day, the meeting was a…

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UNAIDS Appoints New Deputy Executive Director of Programme

UNITED Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Shannon Hader as the new Deputy Executive Director of Programme of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations. “Shannon is an exceptional leader in AIDS and TB—with extensive experience in improving systems for health,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “From Washington DC to Zimbabwe she understands the epidemic and the response needed at the community, country and global levels—her vision and knowledge will be critical for UNAIDS and to ending AIDS by 2030.” Dr…

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HIV Testing and Counselling A Key HIV Prevention Tool-UN

THE Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF) 2016-2020 has identified HIV Testing and Counselling as a key pillar in the HIV prevention equation as it emotionally prepares people to adhere to their medications. By Michael Gwarisa According to the ZUNDAF report, the UN in partnership with the government of Zimbabwe have identified behavior change as a key factor in reducing HIV transmission. “In addressing sexual transmission of HIV, the Government, in close collaboration with the UN and other partners, has prioritised interventions around social and behaviour change; increased condom…

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Defying Traditional Barriers To HIV Testing In Centenary

IN communities around Muzarabani, women are renowned for their health seeking behaviour, including seeking HIV testing service, however, the same cannot be said for men. By Gondai Dekeza Male involvement when it comes to seeking voluntary HIV testing services,  and participation is very low. Some men feel that it is the duty of their wives to visit the clinic and hope that the results would be favorable. Favorable results are not always the case and this happens, it is the wife who takes the blame for being unfaithful. Some men…

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