Zimbos Now Buying ARVs In Zambia

PEOPLE Living With HIV have resorted to buying Antiretroviral drugs from neighboring Zambia amidst fears of developing side effects from the expired stocks currently being dispensed in some health institutions. By Kudakwashe Pembere & Michael Gwarisa This is despite the assurance from the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) that the medicines have been tested and certified safe for consumption by people living with HIV. Speaking to HealthTimes on the sidelines of a march against ARV stock-outs,  Gumisai Bonzo a women living with HIV said they have organised groups to…

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Parliament Petitioned Over ARV Shortages

PEOPLE Living With HIV (PLHIV) have handed over a petition to the Parliament of Zimbabwe in a bid to push government to urgently allocate financial resources to arrest the prevailing drug shortage before the situation goes out of hand. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is sitting on a cash pile of RTGS$20 million which they are failing to convert to United States (US) dollars needed to procure drugs from source markets. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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Is NAC On Autopilot?

IT’S been three months since Health and Child Care Minister, Dr Obadiah Moyo dismissed the whole National Aids Council (NAC) board over its failure to turn around fortunes of the organisation. By Michael Gwarisa Not only is NAC running without a board but the organisation has no substantive Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in place. Currently, Mr Raymond Yekeye the Operations Director has been CEO on an acting capacity  for the past six months now. As a news publication, we have made countless efforts to contact the Minster regarding the NAC…

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People Living With HIV To March Against ARV Stock outs

CIVIC Society Organisations (CSOs) together with people living with HIV will this Thursday, July 4, 2019, march and petition parliament over the obtaining shortage of Anteretroviral (ARVs) drugs and drug stock outs. The march is being organised by Zimbabwe Aids Network (ZAN), Zimbabwe Positive Youths (ZY+), Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) and will see various other pressure groups aligned to the HIV cause joining in.

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‘Cyclone Idai Destroyed ARVs For Over 1 million People’

ABOUT 1 , 1 million people living with HIV were left stranded without access to antiretroviral medication in the Cyclone Idai distressed countries, a top United Nations official said on Monday. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the media, UN Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller said they were concerned about people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe living with HIV who lost their medication. “The imminent loss of antiretroviral medication to some 1, 1 million people is particularly alarming,” she said. She also bemoaned the…

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RBZ Ignores Looming ARV Crisis

THE Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe’s reluctance to release the much needed US$6 million by the National Aids Council of Zimbabwe (NAC) could plunge the nation into Antiretroviral shortage imminently. By Kudakwashe Pembere This was said by the CCM Coordinator Mr Oscar Mundida at a Civil Society Organisation workshop on Universal Health Coverage organized by UNAIDS and Zimbabwe Aids Network. Mr Mundida said NAC is yet to get their hands on the US$6 million to settle arrears they owe to ARV suppliers. The CCM Coordinator explained that Zimbabwe has nothing to…

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People Living With HIV Worried Over Expired ARVs…MCAZ Calls For Calm

PEOPLE living with HIV (PLHIV) have expressed concerns over failure by government and the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) to consult with them following the expiration of Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. By Michael Gwarisa The development follows revelations that health institutions continued dispensing ARVs even after they had passed their shelf life. This has not  gone down well with PLHIV and on ART who  believe the consultation process should have started with them since they are the ones directly affected by any changes in the drugs. Speaking to HealthTimes, Mrs…

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NAC To Pump Out $15 Mln To Pay Foreign Suppliers

THE National Aids Council (NAC) is now forced to pump out an extra RTGS$9 million on top of the initial $6 million  in-order to pay foreign suppliers for an ARVs drug consignment that was received when the official market rate between the bond note and US dollar was still pegged at 1:1. By Kudakwashe Pembere In December last year, NAC revealed to a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health that they had received US$6 million worth of drugs from foreign suppliers,  an amount they were struggling to settle following government’s move…

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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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Farm Employers Bar Workers From Collecting ARVs

FARM owners and mangers in Mashonalnd East are reportedly barring HIV positive employees from going for their Anti Retro Viral (ARVs) drugs refill run at nearest health institutions owing to hectic schedules in farming communities, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa According to revelations made during a recently held National Aids Council (NAC) media tour in Mashonland East, most farm workers are not given off days to collect their drugs hence making it difficult for people living and HIV and on ART to adhere to their meds. Speaking to Journalists,…

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