Contraceptive shortage hits Matabeleland North province

GOVERNMENT run health facilities in Matabeleland North Province are experiencing a severe shortage of contraceptives. HealthTimes Reporter Health facilities visited over the past month reported very low supplies or mostly no supplies of oral contraceptives, injectables and implants. The province is also facing a dire shortage of condoms, worsening the situation. Health watchdog, Citizens Health Watch said the shortage undermines women’s reproductive health rights and increases the risk of unwanted pregnancies.  There are also concerns that women maybe be forced to resort to unsafe abortions as a result of unwanted…

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Number Of Zim Children On ARVs Decline

A recent global AIDS progress report released by the National Aids Council (NAC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and UNAIDS indicates there was a drop in the number of children on Antiretro Viral Therapy (ART) in 2018. By Michael Gwarisa The decline has been attributed to successful implementation of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV efforts which include the adoption of new viral load and HIV testing technologies as well as the setting up of an EMTCT validation committee. According to the…

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Cross Boarder Activity Fertile Ground For Multi Drug Resistant TB

FOLLOWING a positive diagnosis of Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (DR TB) in 2010, life for Mr Mthobisi Ndebele (45) from Makokoba, Bulawayo unfolded like a horror movie script in front of his eyes. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo Having worked as a Malayitsha for the better part of his life (cross boarder transporter) plying the South Africa /Zimbabwe route, he watched his fortunes fade into oblivion as his possessions, family, friends, and not forgetting his health vanish  into an abyss of uncertainty, leaving him broke, jobless and hopeless. At…

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HIV/TB Co-infection Drives TB Mortality In Matebeleland

MATEBELELAND province currently has the highest TB deaths standing at 19 percent as of 2018 owing to increased cases of HIV/TB co-infection, a health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa in Bulawayo In an interview on the side-lines of the World TB Day commemorations conference in Bulawayo which also marked the presentation of Zimbabwe’s first national TB patient cost survey which was done by the Ministry of health in collaboration with The Union through funding from USAID, Deputy Director Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of health, Dr Charles…

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“We never said Sexual Consent Age Should Be Reduced To 12”

PARLIAMENTARY Portfolio Committee on Health Chairperson, Dr Ruth Labode says the committee’s plea for government to avail Sexual Reproductive Health and contraceptives to adolescents and young girls was misquoted and misrepresented. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HealthTimes, Dr Labode says her committee has always been pushing for government to consider availing sexual reproductive health services such as contraceptives to young girls and boys to avoid unwanted pregnancies and the spread of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). “We were actually at an induction workshop in Kadoma, we have been pushing…

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#BREAKTHROUGH: Man Cured Of HIV

A British man may be the second person to be cured of HIV after doctors said he was in ‘sustained remission’ after being given stem cells from a donor with genetic resistance to the disease. SOURCE: The Telegrapgh UK The breakthrough comes 10 years after the first such case, known as ‘The Berlin Patient’. The second person, dubbed ‘The London Patient’ was treated by specialists at at University College London and Imperial College in 2016,  and has since shown no sign of the virus. Doctors are hopeful the man is…

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Zimbabwe’s Bumpy Road Towards Eliminating Paediatric HIV

STATISTICS indicate that Zimbabwe is amongst some of the few countries progressing towards attaining the 90-90-90’s. The triple 90s is an ambitious treatment target towards eradicating AIDS by 2020,  that is next year. By Michael Gwarisa Under the 90s framework, by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. However, for Zimbabwe getting to the first 90…

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Zim Gets Advanced Tech To Test HIV In Infants…Results Come Out Within Hours

ZIMBABWE has to date received at least 10 SAMBA machines meant for early diagnosis of HIV in infants, a move set to speed up detection of HIV in new born babies and children. By Michael Gwarisa The SAMBA HIV testing technology comes at a time Zimbabwe is making inroads towards eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV and the new technology will aid in detecting the virus early making it easy to initiate the young ones on anti-retro viral medicines. Officiating at the Handover Ceremony of 10 SAMBA machines to…

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Defying Traditional Barriers To HIV Testing In Centenary

IN communities around Muzarabani, women are renowned for their health seeking behaviour, including seeking HIV testing service, however, the same cannot be said for men. By Gondai Dekeza Male involvement when it comes to seeking voluntary HIV testing services,  and participation is very low. Some men feel that it is the duty of their wives to visit the clinic and hope that the results would be favorable. Favorable results are not always the case and this happens, it is the wife who takes the blame for being unfaithful. Some men…

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