United States Approves $213.2 million to Support HIV Response in Zimbabwe

MORE than 1.2 million Zimbabweans living with HIV will continue receiving lifesaving treatment and health services enabling them to lead long and healthy lives, and thousands of health care workers will continue carrying out their critical work under the latest country plan approved by the United States. Congress approved $213.2 million for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2021 country plan for Zimbabwe, reflecting strong coordination between the United States and key partners, including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and civil…

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United States Government’s Interventions See Rujeko Polyclinic Surpassing HIV Targets

RUJEKO Polyclinic, a council primary health care facility in Dzivarasekwa, Harare has through interventions from the United States Government (USG) attained 68% Viral Load Coverage (VLC), 96% viral suppression levels as well as increase access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to not less than 5039 people living with HIV around its catchment area. By Michael Gwarisa The Polyclinic’s catchment area has a total population of 88, 271 consisting of mostly low income and poor communities and HIV programs at Rujeko Polyclinic are being supported mainly by the U.S President’ Plan for…

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Mutating HIV Virus Making It Difficult To Develop Vaccine

THE ever-changing genetic makeup and rapid mutation of the HIV virus has to a larger extent slowed down progress towards successfully developing an effective HIV vaccine, a top Zimbabwean expert has said. By Michael Gwarisa The revelations also follow the recent abandonment of the Imbokodo HIV vaccine or HVTN 705/HPX2008 efficacy studies after revelations that the vaccine was not granting enough protection against infection. In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Portia Hunidzarira, the Principal Researcher for the Imbokodo vaccine studies said the HIV virus mutates at a faster rate and…

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800 000 Children Living With HIV Not On ARVs Therapy

New HIV infections among children declined by more than half (54%) from 2010 to 2020, due mainly to the increased provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. However, that momentum has slowed considerably, leaving particularly large gaps in western and central Africa, which is home to more than half of pregnant women living with HIV who are not on treatment. Gaps in the testing of infants and children exposed to HIV have left more than two fifths of children living with HIV undiagnosed. The number…

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There Is Still Hope For The HIV Vaccine

SCINTISTS who worked on the Imbokodo HIV vaccine trials say all hope is not lost in terms of finding a long lasting HIV prevention method in the form of vaccine. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during a virtual Media Science Café on Imbokodo Trial Headlines, Dr Portia Hunidzarira the Principal Researcher they are still examining and looking at data from the HIV vaccine trials to see how best they can work around developing a vaccine that has a higher efficacy and protection profile. Vaccine success stories are like this. It took…

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UN Agencies, Partners Hold GBV, HIV Training For Interfaith Organisations

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) together with the UN Women, UNESCO and the National Aids Council (NAC) are hosting a tow day Virtual Capacity Training for Interfaith Network Members and Faith Based Organizations on Male Engagement for Training on Gender Based Violence and HIV. By Michael Gwarisa The training marks the third such event the organizations have jointly hosted in 2021 in a  move meant to equip leaders from various religious and interfaith groups with knowledge around GBV and HIV issues so as to reduce…

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AIDS Levy, International Financing Behind Zim’s AIDS Response Success- UNAIDS

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) says Zimbabwe remains a leader in as far as HIV treatment on African continent at the back of a myriad of factors chief among them being a  well-coordinated domestic funding mechanism for HIV/AIDS and support from international partners. By Michael Gwarisa In update on how Inequalities are at the heart of uneven progress in the AIDS response, UNAIDS said progress against HIV has been uneven with other countries struggling to contain the pandemic. The gains made through people-centred approaches within…

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NAC Donates 100 Bicycles to Brotha 2 Brotha Initiative

THE National AIDS Council (NAC), has donated a total 100 bicycles to the Brotha 2 Brotha mentors in Harare Province to strengthen community linkages and health systems with the aim of enhancing access to sexual reproductive health (SRH) for boys. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during the handover ceremony, Honorable Oliver Chidawu, the Harare Minister of State for Provincial Affairs said the programme will expand the current HIV and AIDS response in the province and enhance preparedness to address health emergencies in communities. Young people are lagging behind as compared to…

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Imbokodo HIV Vaccine Study Was A Learning Phase

Dr Portia Hunidzarira, the Imbokodo Principal Researcher said the discontinuation of the HVTN 705/HPX2008 or Imbokodo study gave researchers and scientist a new platform to learn and develop evidence  for future studies that might lead to an HIV vaccine breakthrough. By Patricia Mashiri She said the vaccine proved to be safe and caused no harm to participants even though it was unable to provide sufficient protection to prevent HIV infection which the study was looking. The study which commenced in 2017 and concluded vaccinations in June 2020 wanted to test…

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HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer

THE Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) has warned that  women living with HIV were more prone to cervical cancer and therefore should get screened more frequently. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking during Cervical cancer and HIV and the impact of COVID-19 on screening services virtual meeting, HIV Positive Women Urged To Regularly Screen For Cervical Cancer, Dr Onai  Diura-Vere ZACH Technical Advisor said,”85 percent of women with cervical and HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women with HIV are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer compared with HIV…

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