UNAIDS hails donors for pledging historic amount to The Global Fund

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has lauded donors for broadening their contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund). Donors pledged USD14.25 billion. By Staff Reporter Countries rose to the challenge of increasing funding by 30%, demonstrating their confidence in the strong leadership of the Global Fund and its partners. The United States continued its position as a leader in global health by pledging US$ 6 billion, committing to invest US$1 billion for every US$ 2 billion pledged by the rest of the world.…

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Hitting Three Birds with One Stone: Low Cost Boarding Facilities to Address Teen Pregnancies, Early Marriages and New HIV Infections in Chimanimani Adolescent Girls

HILDER Muwani* (16) is doing Form 3 at Mhakwe Secondary school in Chimanimani. Every day, she walks 30 kilometers to and from school. She at some point contemplated moving to a bush boarding or renting a room near the school just to cut on the distance, but her parents would have none of it. They feared she would mix with the wrong crowd, fall pregnant and end up dropping out of school as has become the fate of many girls in Chimanimani. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Chimanimani The risk…

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HER Voice Fund To Help Reduce HIV Incidence In Young Girls and Women In Zimbabwe

THE HER Voice Fund, a grant that has been set aside to support meaningful community engagements and leadership of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), is set to help reduce new HIV infections in AGYWs through amplifying the voices and priorities of AGYW in order to inform the decisions that affect their lives. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the HER Voice Inception meeting in Zimbabwe, HER Voice Fund Ambassador, Tambudzai Magwenzi said the grants have been warded to at least six organizations to…

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In-country Global Fund Boss Impressed By Zim’s Fight Against HIV, TB and Malaria

THE Global Fund Executive Director is in Zimbabwe assessing the country’s programming and challenges faced in the implementation of HIV, TB and Malaria programmes. By Kudakwashe Pembere Mr Peter Sands becomes the first executive director for the organisation which gave Zimbabwe USD500 million for the period of 2021 to 2023 to visit the country. I’m also conscious Zimbabwe is part of the top 10 in which the global fund invests in the world, and I think I’m the first executive director of the global fund to actually visit Zimbabwe and…

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Zim Readies Global Fund Proposal

WITH Zimbabwe’s Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) approving the proposed budget outline, the country should submit its proposal for the Global Fund grant by March 23, 2020, HealthTimes has learned. By Kudakwashe Pembere In an update for the country concept note development for the Global Fund To Fight TB, HIV and Malaria Grant 2021 to 2023 seen by this publication, the final draft should be undergoing review starting March. The writing exercise is on-going, with the country expected to submit the proposal on the 23rd March 2020, with the…

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Y+ Receives HER Voice Grant To Advance HIV Response In Young Girls

YOUNG Global Network for Young People Living With HIV (Y+ Network) has received the HER Voice Fund, a Global Fund and ViiV Healthcare initiative to ensure young women and girls have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect their health. By Michael Gwarisa The HER Voice initiative was created in recognition of the vital role adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) have in driving and shaping the HIV response. Speaking on the development, Y+ Global Programmes Manager, Cedric Nininahazwe said it was time for action. The message is now shut your…

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Inflation Erodes AIDS Levy Collections…No ARVs Procured In 2019

RUNAWAY inflation coupled with skyrocketing prices for pharmaceutical products has eroded AIDS Levy collections over the past few months, making it difficult for the National Aids Council (NAC) to procure Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) drugs from foreign suppliers, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Even though treasury gave NAC the green light to access foreign currency from banks at the prevailing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) set interbank rate, the organisation has been struggling to purchase lifesaving drugs from foreign sources since suppliers only accept the United States Dollar (USD). Briefing…

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Mthuli Ncube Meets Global Fund Team Over 2% Tax…Gvt Agrees To Resolve Anomaly

TREASURY is willing to address the 2 percent Intermediated Money Transfer Tax burden on recipients of the Global Fund money. By Kudakwashe Pembere This follows complaints by recipients implementing health programs funded by the Global Fund, that Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube’s 2 percent tax is wading into forbidden territory. The Global Fund team  had a meeting with the Finance Minister over the 2 percent issue and domestic resource mobilisation. In an exclusive interview with HealthTimes,  Grant Management Division Head Mr Mark Edington said they had fruitful deliberations with the…

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E8 Countries Get US$12 million Global Fund Anti-Malaria Grant

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]HE Global Fund To Fight Aids TB and Malaria has given Elimination 8 (E8) countries a second grant of US$12 million to support their efforts towards eliminating malaria. By Kudakwashe Pembere Recognising that the progress or failure of one country’s efforts to eliminate malaria is connected to the success of other countries in the region, the Elimination 8 (E8) was established by SADC to coordinate a collaborative effort, led by the Ministers of Health in eight countries, to jointly plan, execute a regional malaria elimination strategy. Countries involved are Angola,…

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

“[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hen 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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