How I Transitioned From Male to Female…Alessandra’s Trans Journey

“When I visited my doctor for my initial check-up in December 2017, it sort of scared me a bit. My doctor told me that my hormones were identical to those of a biological female of my age.” By Michael Gwarisa In Zimbabwe, a man who claims to possess hormones and a penchant for feminine things is labelled gay and an outcast. Owing to massive Christian and cultural beliefs, the issue is deemed taboo and many a times, individuals who come out as either gay, lesbian trans-men or trans-woman are segregated…

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#EXCLUSIVE: Gvt Invades Global Fund Money

THE Global Fund next week dispatches a team to  engage Finance Minister, Prof Mthuli Ncube over the 2 percent intermediated money transfer tax impacting its humanitarian funding efforts for the country, HealthTimes  can exclusively reveal. By Kudakwashe Pembere Global Fund injects the largest chunk of money needed in the implementation of programs and medication of HIV, TB and Malaria and they pumped into Zimbabwe over US$1, 4 billion to date With Treasury collecting a total of $50 million in January 2019 through the two percent electronic transfer tax, the taxation…

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Global Fund Team on Funds Tracking Visit To Zim

A Global Fund Team will arrive in Zimbabwe in a fortnight to assess the implementation and procurement progress of projects they fund. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged out of the Zimbabwe Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) update meeting on Wednesday which is regularly held to track funding, procurement and implementation patterns for Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis. It was established in response to requirements and recommendations of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (” The Global Fund ” – GF) where GF processes at country level should be led by…

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We Need Affordable Medical Aid says Sex Workers

SEX workers have bemoaned the lack of affordable medical health insurance as a hindrance to them accessing basic sexual reproductive health services, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking to some ladies of the trade who pligh their profession along Mbuya Nehanda street in Harare, they said being a sex worker should be treated as a job just like teaching or nursing and medical aid companies should tailor-make packages that suit low income earning groups like vendors and sex workers. “As you are aware my brother, when you see us…

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#BREAKING: Global Fund Avails $500 million Funding To Zimbabwe’s Health Sector

THE Global Fund has availed an additional $502 million towards Zimbabwe’s healthcare which will go towards supporting HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria programmes for the next three years. By Michael Gwarisa The grants will be implemented by the Ministry of Health and Child and Child Care (MOHCC) and UNDP in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations and the National AIDS Council (NAC). Officiating at the Grant launch, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenhyatwa said the $500 million grant will be able to sustain the gains made so far in fighting…

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More funding needed for HIV prevention- NAC

By Michael Gwarisa FUNDING towards HIV prevention programs is insignificant as more resources are being channeled towards HIV treatment, a top National Aids Council (NAC) official has said. In an interview with HealthTimes news, NAC director operations Raymond Yekeye said funding HIV prevention was currently on the low and called on stakeholders to consider scaling up financing of prevention initiatives. “Currently, the country has limited funding for HIV prevention as the majority of the resources are being channeled towards treatment in order to ensure we keep those already on ART…

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U.S. to maintain HIV funding for Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter THE United States Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr says says his country will maintain, and even increase, HIV funding levels to Zimbabwe despite a change in administration. There were fears that the new American President Donald Trump would pull the plug on Zimbabwe, following announcement that his government was working on reducing international aid to various countries. Addressing journalists during a tour of the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage during the just ended Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Ambassador Thomas said international aid has not been…

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