Early Child Marriages Expose Marange Adolescent Girls To HIV Infection- FACT

FAMILY Aids Caring Trust  (FACT) Community Health Officer, Ms Mirriam Muchadzingwa says there is need to scale up efforts to curb early child marriages in Marange District in order to address the growing HIV burden in young girls. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to HealthTimes during a Media Tour in Marange recently, Mrs Muchadzingwa said even though the rate of new infections in young girls was still low in the district, cases were being recorded and early child marriages could be the biggest source of the infections. This place is not…

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Children Tariro: Building Economic Resilience For HIV Epidemic Control

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This adage as cliché and old as it may sound is relevant and key to developing strong systems for better epidemic control and management. By Michael Gwarisa In Manicaland Province Many a times, young people especially girls, fall prey to cunning and daring men who use gifts to lure them into having sexual intercourse as a result of poverty. Since most of these victims are below…

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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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Every Police Officer Should Get Victim Friendly Training To End GBV

PARLIAMENTARIANS have called on the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to realign its curriculum and make it compulsory for every police officer to have Victim Friendly Unit (VFU) training so as to increase efficiency in dealing with Gender Based Violence (GBV) cases. By Michael Gwarisa   Speaking during a Policy Makers Dialogue meeting in Harare organised by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) Vice President, Honorable Lynette Karenyi said Integrating VFU training into police training would ensure survivors of GBV get closure and comfort after…

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