Macheke Married Woman Turns To Sex Work To Raise University Tuition

ELIZABETH (not real name) (33) could not enroll in University or College at a young age owing to a myriad of factors  chief among them being economic factors and lack of funds to support her through tertiary education. When the Women’s University In Africa (WUA) opened up applications for block release studies, she applied and enrolled for a Bachelor of Social Work, Honors Degree. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Macheke Elizabeth is married, but her husband has since migrated into the diaspora where he is doing some menial jobs and…

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DREAMS Program Reignites Hope In Rushinga Girls

AT the age of 11, Patience Chikozomba from Mukwatsa village and a primary school pupil at Magaranhewe Primary school in Rushinga  was already thinking of dropping out of school since her parents couldn’t  afford school fees for her and her siblings. Other girls her age or slightly older have already eloped or been married off due to the biting poverty obtaining in the area despite it being a resource rich community. By Michael Gwarisa in Rushinga According to the National Aids Council (NAC), even though there are starting to witness…

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Bridging The ART Access Gap During A Pandemic, CATS Hold The Fort In Zimbabwe

WHEN the COVID-19 was reported in Zimbabwe in 2020, government announced a national lockdown with the view of curbing the spread of the virus and limiting community transmissions. In the process other essential health services were also locked down, leaving People Living with HIV (PLHIV) especially young people living with HIV and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) at a disadvantage. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mashonaland East With tight restrictions, fears of young people on ART falling by the wayside were rife as in most cases, young people would shun visiting…

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Consultations Around Youth Engagement In Global Fund Grant Kick-Off

YOUTH Engage Zimbabwe, together with Country Coordinating Mechanism (CMM) to end HIV, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria, have embarked on massive youth consultations following a Global Fund award to Zimbabwe  of US$75.073 million which is aimed at strengthening community health systems and constructing an improved resilient to deal with the effects of COVID-19. By Patricia Mashiri The dialogues seek amongst other things  to engage civil society and young people to come up with priorities submission that will be included in the C19RM request proposal leading to strengthening of community health systems…

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There Is Nothing Fishy About ZNNP+ Coordinating MIPA Says Dr Madzima

NATIONAL AIDS Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Benard Madzima has indicated that the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living With HIV (ZNNP+) was the right platform through which the People Living With HIV (PLHIV) sector should be coordinated. By Michael Gwarisa His response comes hot on the heels of a letter that has since gone viral on social media and was penned by HIV activist and National AIDS Council (NAC) board member, Mrs Tendayi Westerhof where she expressed displeasure in the manner the NAC board was granting the ZNNP+…

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UN Calls For Greater Focus On Ending Inequalities To End AIDS

THE United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres has released a report Addressing inequalities and getting back on track to end AIDS by 2030 with recommendations and targets to get the world on track to end AIDS and urges the world to address inequalities that are slowing progress. By Staff Reporter He has warned that despite intensive action and progress made against HIV in some places and population groups, HIV epidemics continue to expand in others. He also issued a set of 10 key recommendations if followed by all countries, it…

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COVID-19 Chokes AIDS Levy Collections

THE prevailing COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected AIDS Levy collections at the back of job losses and diminishing incomes during the period from March 2020 to date, making it difficult to fund HIV and AIDS interventions locally. By Michael Gwarisa The AIDS Levy is derived from  3% of income tax paid by individuals and cooperates and in Zimbabwe, HIV interventions are currently funded 70% by donors (multilateral or bilateral) and 11% by public resources and the reminder by Private players. —According to ZNASP (2015-2020), the HIV funding Gap for 2020…

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Zim Married Couples Urged To Use Condoms

THE National AIDS Council (NAC) Monitoring and Evaluation Director, Mr Amon Mpfofu says the risk of HIV infection is equally high among married couples as evidenced by latest nationwide HIV estimates. By Michael Gwarisa recently In Chinhoyi Speaking to Editors and Station Mangers during a sensitization meeting that was organized by NAC in Chinhoyi, Mr Mpofu attributed the high number of new HIV infections in Matebelenad South to spousal separation as  married couples are either separated by work or migration into neighboring countries. In 2020, the highest HIV prevalence was…

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Relying On Donors For ARVs A Health Time-bomb Says NAC Boss

THE National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bernad Madzima says the prevailing scenario whereby the country relies heavily on donors for Antiretroviral medicines was unstainable. By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe is one of the countries with the biggest population in need of the antiretroviral (ART) medicines. It has a population of about 1.4 million people in need of ART. Speaking at a National Dialogue on the Local Manufacture of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Dr Bernard Madzima said the country’s AIDS Levy is used to procure ART medications but…

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Capacitate Local Pharmaceutical Companies To Manufacture ARVs, Gvt Told

THE Zimbabwe National Network of People Living With HIV (ZNNP+), has called on government to ensure local drugs manufacturing companies are fully resourced and equipped to manufacture life saving Antiretroviral medicines. By Patricia Mashiri Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) championing HIV and AIDS issues in the recent years petitioned parliament to ensure uninterrupted availability of ARV drugs following reports of recurrent stock-outs and drugs unavailability. Speaking  at the National Dialogue on the Manufacturing of Medicines in Zimbabwe, Deputy Health and Child Care Minister, Dr John Mangwiro said government was committed to…

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