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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Mberengwa Cries For Help…Battles High ARVs Coverage Gap

AT a time when other districts are doing well in terms of advancing treatment and care to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) clients, Mberengwa remains in the negative despite efforts by partners and the ministry of health and child care to advance treatment to the area. Mberengwa has a low ART coverage of 44, 5 percent as of last year, making it one the districts with the highest ART  gap (3,000 – 10,000) along with 19 other districts which include Zvimba, Gokwe, Chipinge, Bulawayo, Goromonzi, Insiza, Umguza, Kwekwe, Mt Darwin, Lupane, Mazowe,…

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Stigma slows down ART interventions in Chegutu

CHEGUTU a farming and mining community in Mashonaland West is one of the few districts that have Medium Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage gap in Zimbabwe. Due to low levels of education amongst most people from farming communities, the levels of stigma are still high, hence the ART coverage gap (1,500-3,000) people living HIV. Due to interventions by ITECH a United States Government President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) partner spearheading viral load testing and monitoring in at least 31 clinics, Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) coverage has improved over the years.…

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HIV TREATMENT FOR CHILDREN TO BE PRODUCED FOR ONE DOLLAR A DAY

INDIAN pharmaceutical company Cipla has announced their commitment to price the ground-breaking new product Quadrimune, a “4‑in‑1” treatment for young children with HIV, at below a dollar a day. Quadrimune is currently under review by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in children between 3 and 25 kg bodyweight. This pleasant tasting, heat-stable fixed-dose combination of four antiretrovirals (ARVs) for infants and young children with HIV was developed in partnership by Cipla and the not-for-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) with financial support from Unitaid and…

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