ZIMPHIA 2020 Could Leapfrog Zim Towards Ending AIDS By 2030

FOR the first time, Gogo Mhlanga (75) of Filabusi in Matebeleland South is seeing the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA 2020) survey banner. She wonders what it is all about and why it has been erected close to her homestead. By Michael Gwarisa A few minutes later, the ZIMPHIA 2020 Southern Region Survey Coordinator, Mrs Kudzanayi Moyo walks to her and explains what the message on the banner is saying and why the ZIMPHIA team is in the area. Her face lights up with joy and expresses gratitude…

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Five Die In Byo, As Prophets Order Them To Stop Taking ARVs

AT least five people died in Bulawayo in the period leading to the 2019 festive season following indications that they had discontinued taking Antiretroviral medications at their prophets’ orders, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo The revelation came into the open when members of various HIV and AIDS support revealed that they stumbled upon stashes of Antiretroviral treatment drugs in the deceased’s’ rooms while some had publicly confessed that they had been ordered to stop taking their medications by their pastors and prophets. National Aids Council Bulawayo…

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Zim Has Highest HIV Criminalisation Prosecutions In Africa

ZIMBABWE has the highest rate of HIV criminalisation prosecutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and the sixth highest in the world owing to what legal experts have termed a vague and retrogressive piece of legislation. By Michael Gwarisa in Kadoma Briefing journalists at Editors Media Workshop organised by NAC in Kadoma,  NAC Legal Advisor, Mr Fanuel Ncube said the criminalisation legislation has a had a negative implication on the HIV response and parliament should move with speed to ensure its repealed. In terms of the prosecutions, Zimbabwe among one of the highest…

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Boreholes Now HIV and Pregnancies Traps For Young Girls

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THE prevailing water crisis in Harare and other parts of the country exposes girls and young women to HIV infections and early unintended pregnancies (EUPs) owing to the lengthy hours they spend in long winding queues and boreholes where they end up fraternising with individuals who harbor evil intentions. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the launch of the Harare Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA), Harare province acting provincial development coordinator Mrs Catherine Kampila said the water crisis in Harare had created a fertile breeding ground for risky sexual behaviour…

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Frequently Asked Questions About The ZIMPHIA Door To Door Survey

ZIMBABWE in November 2019 joined other five African countries in conducting the ongoing six months long door to door HIV survey dubbed the: “Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA).” The survey ending in March is being funded by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with technical assistance from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey will be led by Government working in conjunction with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTAT), National AIDS Council (NAC) and ICAP at Columbia University. To unpack as well…

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Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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Y+ Receives HER Voice Grant To Advance HIV Response In Young Girls

YOUNG Global Network for Young People Living With HIV (Y+ Network) has received the HER Voice Fund, a Global Fund and ViiV Healthcare initiative to ensure young women and girls have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their health. By Michael Gwarisa The HER Voice initiative was created in recognition of the vital role adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) have in driving and shaping the HIV response. Speaking on the development, Y+ Global Programmes Manager, Cedric Nininahazwe said it was time for action. The message is now shut your…

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Frontline AIDS Booklet Tackles HIV Status Disclosure

FRONTLINE AIDS has developed a pamphlet which seeks to address the issue of HIV status disclosure amongst children and caregivers in a bid to increase relations between the two groups. By Michael Gwarisa According to Frontline AIDS, the booklet has been developed from the stories of young people and families in the READY+ programme. Stories have been gathered from eSwatini, Tanzania and Zimbabwe to share the experiences of caregivers caring for children and young people living with HIV. “We hope it provides parents and caregivers with information  and ideas to…

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Massive Response To HIV Survey

PHASE one to the ongoing Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020 has ended on a high note amidst indications that the survey has witnessed a response rate above 95 percent from communities. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, ZIMPHIA Communications person, Blessed Gumbi said the first phase to the survey has already covered vast ground and phase two which commences today will focus on the remaining communities. We have done phase one of the survey and covered about 25 percent of the intended survey respondents. We did…

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