Pepfar Partners Increase ART Coverage In Masvingo District

OVER the past few years, Masvingo district has scaled up efforts to increase access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) among its citizens. Situated 292 kilometres from the capital Harare, Masvingo is one of the districts performing well in reducing the HIV burden. By Kudakwashe Pembere Since 2006, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided over US$650 million to Zimbabwe towards the HIV/AIDS response. Through PEPFAR and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a consortium of local partners- Families and Communities for the Elimination of…

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ICTs For SRH Programme Offers Hope For Rushinga Youths

MBIRE is amongst one of the many districts in Mashonaland Central grappling with  high cases of school drop outs amongst girls of school going age owing to an increased teenage pregnancy prevalence as well as an unprecedented rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). By Michael Gwarisa in Mbire District Owing to societal vulnerabilities which include poverty, ignorance, and proximity to illegal gold mining activities, both young girls and boys in Mbire find themselves at the receiving end of societal ills such as sexual abuse and gender based violence. To hedge…

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HIV and Religion in Zim…Churches, Sangomas, Mapostori speak out

RELIGION can be defined as a set of beliefs, feelings, dogmas and practices that define the relations between human beings and sacred or divinity. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Mutare A given religion is defined by specific elements of a community of believers: dogmas, sacred books, rites, worship, sacrament, moral prescription, interdicts, and organisation. Even though it is widely agreed that Zimbabwe is a Christian nation, a number of religious practices are observed making Zimbabwe a multi religious country. Pentecostalism, African Traditional Religion (ATR) and cultism known as Chipostori are…

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NAC Warns Against Drug Abuse and Junky Foods

THE intake of dangerous drugs, fatty foods and other medicines could weaken the effect of Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) in the human body as this may lead to liver damage and increased toxicity, the National Aids Council (NAC) has warned. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Speaking at the Civil Society Treatment Support Literacy meeting in Mutare, NAC provincial manager for Harare Mr Adonija Muzondiona said the action of ARVS may be affected by certain other medicines. “This can reduce their effectiveness by lowering the amount of ARVs absorbed, leading to…

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More At Risk Of HIV…As Countries Transition’ From Global Fund support- MSf

THE international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calls on the Board to make urgent changes to Global Fund policies and practices for countries transitioning away from donor support, which increase the risk of critical drug stock-outs and alarming drug quality issues in many countries. People receiving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and HIV in transitioning countries have faced dangerous treatment interruptions and have been treated with drugs of unknown quality. The countries are also faced with paying much higher prices for drugs than they should be paying. Beyond the…

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Africaid Suspends Zvandiri Program In Nine Districts

AFRICAID says it will be suspending its Zvandiri initiative from Zaka, Insiza and Gutu and other six districts for the period October 2018 to September 2019, amidst indications that there has been a 67 percent cut in the level of funding from donors for the period the forthcoming year.   By Michael Gwarisa The Zvandiri program, run by Africaid, began in Zimbabwe in 2004 as a support group model for adolescents living with HIV. This program provides differentiated care for children, adolescents and young people living with HIV (aged 6–24…

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