CSOs Website & Database Launched In Zimbabwe

A Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Website and Database has been launched in Zimbabwe with the view of boosting communities support health systems and expand reach to thigh risk vulnerable HIV and AIDS affected communities. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN) National Coordinator, Mr Taurai Nyandoro said the evolution of the HIV epidemic is changing the landscape of HIV the response hence the need for a modern day systemes that guides and tracks trends in the HIV treatment, care and prevention matrix. They are operating in a changing landscape and…

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US Government Injects US$163 Mln To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

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THE United States Government (USG) through the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2019 contributed an amount to the tune of US$163 million to scale up HIV interventions in Zimbabwe’s communities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo Speaking at the 2019 World Aids Day (WAD) commemorations in Masvingo, the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Mr Thomas Hastings said communities needed to be capacitated to fight the HIV scourge at grassroots level. We have come a long as a partnership between the people of Zimbabwe and the…

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Six teams go to battle in PEPFAR Test and Score Challenge

IN one of the first events to celebrate  World AIDS Day (December 1), six recreational soccer clubs will  contest in the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS  Relief (PEPFAR) and Harare Professionals Soccer League (Hpsl) Test and  Score Challenge Tournament on Saturday. The event will be held at Mbare High School grounds on November, 23, 2019 starting at 9 am, with the finals expected to  be played at 2.30 pm. In addition to football and dance entertainment,  PEPFAR partners will provide health services on the sidelines of the  matches…

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#ICPD25: New HIV Infections In Girls Could Derail 2020 HIV Targets

THE United Nations Population fund (UNFPA), has called on African governments to invest heavily towards HIV prevention measures so as to reduce the growing burden of new HIV infections amongst young adolescent girls and women in East and Southern Africa. By Michael Gwarisa in Narobi, Kenya Briefing Journalists during the ICPD summit Media consultation and orientation workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), UNFPA ESARO SRHR/HIV Technical Specialist, Richard Delate said even though new infections had reduced amongst the adult population, the young female population was under siege.…

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200 000 Harare PLHIV On ART

THERE are currently about 200 000 people living with HIV in Harare who are receiving Antiretroviral Treatment with the prevalence rate pegged at 12 percent. By Kudakwashe Pembere in Kadoma This according to National Aids Council Harare Provincial Manager Mr Adonijah Muzondiona was on the back of a big population in the city. He said this on the sidelines of a UNAIDS Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Aids Network, and National Aids Council of ZImbabwe workshop here in Kadoma. “The Harare Metropolitan Province has about four to five million. We have Harare, Chitungwiza,…

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All Set For ZIMPHIA 2 Rollout

ZIMBABWE will in a few weeks commence roll out of the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020, which will examine the HIV situation by assessing the coverage and impact of HIV services at population level and measuring the HIV-related risk behaviours using a nationally representative sample. By Michael Gwarisa The survey marks the second Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) after the first successful assessment which was held in 2015/2016. Officiating at the ZIMPHIA 2020 National Sensitisation Meeting, Director HIV and Tuberculosis in the Ministry of Health and…

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#GoodNews: If Your Virus Is Undetectable, You Cant Transmit HIV

ACCORDING to 20 years of research and evidence, HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable level of HIV in their blood have a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually. According to the UNAIDS, three large studies of sexual HIV transmission among thousands of couples, one partner of which was living with HIV and the other was not, were undertaken between 2007 and 2016. In those studies, there was not a single case of sexual transmission…

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Go Further Partnership Reaches Over Half a Million HIV-Positive Women with Cervical Cancer Screening in its First Year

The United States’ PEPFAR program, the George W. Bush Institute, Merck and UNAIDS are aiming to end AIDS and cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa within a generation through an innovative public-private partnership On the margins of the 2019 United Nations General Assembly, former President George W. Bush and Ambassador Deborah L. Birx announced that the Go Further partnership to end AIDS and cervical cancer has reached over half a million HIV-positive women with cervical cancer screening and treated thousands of women for pre-invasive cancerous lesions in its first year. The…

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Reintegrating Young Sex Workers Into Academic and Skills Training

DETERMINED, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS), “that’s exactly how I feel right now as a young sex worker,” said Rosaline a 19 year old sex worker from Sakubva in Mutare. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Rosaline is amongst some of the many beneficiaries of the DREAMS initiative which is being implemented by the Family Aids Caring Trust (FACT) through support  from USAID and PEPFAR in three districts in Manicaland province namely Mutare, Makoni and Chipinge. Having been raised by a single mother in a family of four and with her…

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Zim Launches Comprehensive HIV Communication Strategy

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in collaboration with partners have launched the comprehensive national HIV communication strategy for Zimbabwe 2019-2025, which will see HIV programing and interventions being tailor-made in line with the needs of specific HIV high risk groups. By Michael Gwarisa Officiating at the launch ceremony, Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo said the new HIV comprehensive strategy would aid in reducing the high HIV burden bedeviling the country through cultivating behavior change amongst various populations and high risk groups. The questions that…

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