SafAids Partners Community Based Organisations To Find Test & Treat Children Living With HIV

IN an effort to put children who are HIV positive on treatment a regional HIV information dissemination organisation, Safaids, has partnered with Community Based Organisations in three provinces in the country to track the children and put them on treatment. By HealthTimes Reporter The intervention programme which is called Find Test and Treat the Missing 4 000 is being implemented in Bulawayo, Midlands and Mashonaland East Provinces. “We are complementing government efforts in terms of fighting HIV so that we get to Zero new infections and have an AIDS free…

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DEAF Zim Embarks On ART Defaulter Tracking Drive

DEAF Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) has kick-started a community Anteretroviral Treatment (ART) defaulter tracking campaign aimed at reducing default rates and increasing uptake of the live saving drugs amongst people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes, Veronica Mwanza from Deaf Zimbabwe Trust said the project also has a a disability component where they folloup and offer support to people with various disabilities. We do what we call Defaulter tracking and psycho social support and adherence support to people living with HIV in selected areas that the project cover…

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End Forced Sterilisation Of Women Living With HIV

THE Global Network of People living HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women living with HIV and the Global Network of Young People living with HIV (Y+),  have called  for an end to forced sterilisation of women living with HIV. In a statement, the three orgnisations described the act as a horrific violation of  human rights and called for an end to all violations of women’s autonomy and bodily integrity. The forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV has been documented in over 31 countries around the world,…

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Curtain Comes Down On ZIMPHIA 2020 HIV Survey

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THE second Zimbabwe Population based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020 survey has ended on a high note amidst indications that the survey managed to reach cover more than 19 000 households countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa The first phase of the survey which kicked off in November, 2019  is a population household survey led by the Health and Child Care Ministry working in collaboration with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), National Aids Council (Nac) and ICAP at the Columbia University. Giving the keynote address on behalf of Health and Child…

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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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