NAC Donates PPE And Face Masks That Enable Lip Reading To Zim’s Deaf Community

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has handed over a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the deaf community in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gawarisa The donation also includes 5000 special user-friendly face masks that were handed over to the Sunrise Academy of Sign Language on behalf of the deaf community which enables lip reading, which is essential in sign language communication. Speaking at the handover ceremony in Harare, NAC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Bernard Madzima said there was approximately 700 000 people who have been classified as deaf in…

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How Does HIV Accelerate Aging?

SOURCE: .healthgrades.com If you have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), you might also have other medical problems that are usually only experienced by older people. Even though there’s been a lot of research on the subject, doctors are still trying to understand how HIV accelerates the aging process. One thing’s for certain: scientists seem to agree that having HIV does mean you’ll age faster than someone without the disease. So how does HIV speed up the aging process? There are several theories being explored. Metabolic Changes If you have HIV, much…

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Tuberculosis testing gap among people living with HIV is narrowing

The risk of developing tuberculosis among the 38 million people living with HIV in 2019 was 18 times higher than in the rest of the world’s population. Tuberculosis remains the single largest cause of premature death among people living with HIV. Scale-up of antiretroviral therapy and improvements in the integrated delivery of HIV and tuberculosis services have reduced tuberculosis-related deaths among people living with HIV by 69% globally, from 678 000 in 2000 to 208 000 in 2019. Among the 131 countries that reported data to UNAIDS and the World Health…

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Zimbabwe Among Five High-Burden TB Countries To Receive Patient Friendly TB Preventive Therapy

A new fixed-dose combination (FDC) of “3HP”, a short-course tuberculosis (TB) preventive treatment (TPT) combining two drugs, rifapentine and isoniazid, is starting to be rolled out in five TB high burden countries in Africa. This will reduce the number of pills that people who need the treatment have to take every week from nine to three. Enough treatments for up to 3 million patients are expected to be made available for eligible countries this year. Staff Reporter As the result of an agreement concluded by Unitaid, the Clinton Health Access…

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WHO recommends the dapivirine vaginal ring as a new choice for HIV prevention for women at substantial risk of HIV infection

WHO today recommended that the dapivirine vaginal ring (DPV-VR) may be offered as an additional prevention choice for women at substantial risk[1] of HIV infection as part of combination prevention approaches. The DPV-VR is a female-initiated option to reduce the risk of HIV infection. To properly use the ring, it must be worn inside the vagina for a period of 28 days, after which it should be replaced by a new ring. The ring is made of silicone and is easy to bend and insert. The ring works by releasing…

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COVID-19 Won’t Affect Vaginal Ring Rollout In Zimbabwe- Dr Mgodi

THE prevailing COVID-19 pandemic will not affect rollout of the Dapivirine ring or Vaginal ring, an HIV prevention ring for women,  HIV expert and histopathologist who was also the Dapirivirine ring study chairperson in Africa, Dr Nyaradzo Mgodi has said. By Michael Gwarisa Dr Mugodi’s comments come at the back of indications that COVID-19 could have disrupted access to healthcare services and rollout of certain programs across the globe over the past 12 months. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Mgodi said the ring has already received its pre-qualification from…

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“Let’s Not Address Health Issues In Silos During Lockdown”

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Benard Madzima says the new level four lockdown presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to correct the mistakes of the first lockdown which saw a sizable number of people struggling to access essential healthcare services. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Madzima said even though HIV  is still a burden on the country’s health sector, it was critical to prioritise other issues such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), maternal health, access to contraceptives, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR),…

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Condom Shortages In Sanyati As Sex Workers Loot Free Dembare Condoms

SANYATI district has been experiencing recurrent shortages of the famous Blue Panther or Dembare condoms at the back of massive looting of the product by sex workers who later sale the condoms at exorbitant rates to their colleagues. HealthTimes Reporter In an interview in Sanyati recently, National Aids Council (NAC) District Aids Coordinator (DAC) for Sanyati, Virginia Tausa said sex work was most prevalent in the district due rampart artisanal mining activities and some senior sex workers have been collecting condoms in bulk, creating an artificial shortage of the condoms.…

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NAC/UNICEF Collaborate To Integrate WASH and HIV Programs For Positive Health Outcomes In Sanyati

IN a bid to reduce diarrhoeal induced morbidity and mortality amongst People Living with HIV (PLHIV) as well as influence behavior change, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has partnered the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCEF) and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) to integrate HIV and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs in Sanyati districts.   By Michael Gwarisa recently in Sanyati A study conducted by the Anglo-American Group foundation indicate that Diarrhoea remains a very common disease affecting about 90% of people living with HIV in Southern Africa,…

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Engage Couples To End Mother To Child Transmission of HIV- PAPWC-ZIM

PAN-African Positive Women’s Coalition Zimbabwe (PAPWC-ZIM) national coordinator, Tendai Westerhof  says Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTC) programing should now prioritise partner support more if the battle against mother and parent to child transmission of HIV is to be won. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking at the recently held EMTCT Workshop in the Harare, Westerhof said unlike in the past where EMTCT programs only targeted women, pregnant and lactating mothers, engaging men and fathers would also help in reducing the risk infecting the child during and post pregnancy.…

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