CSOs Website & Database Launched In Zimbabwe

A Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Website and Database has been launched in Zimbabwe with the view of boosting communities support health systems and expand reach to thigh risk vulnerable HIV and AIDS affected communities. By Michael Gwarisa Zimbabwe AIDS Network (ZAN) National Coordinator, Mr Taurai Nyandoro said the evolution of the HIV epidemic is changing the landscape of HIV the response hence the need for a modern day systemes that guides and tracks trends in the HIV treatment, care and prevention matrix. They are operating in a changing landscape and…

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Zim Research Finds Correlation Between HIV and Bilharzia

MEN and women with bilharzia are more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, a Zimbabwean researcher says. By Patricia Mashiri in Victoria Falls Presenting his findings at a stakeholders feedback meeting on the results of the impact assessment round six of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for Schistosomiasis (SCH) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (Sth) in Victoria Falls, Director of National Institution of Health Research, Professor Nicholas Midzi said people with Bilharzia have a high chance of contracting HIV/AIDS. “We engaged 570 reproductive women and observed that more than 40% of them who…

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#ICPD25: New HIV Infections In Girls Could Derail 2020 HIV Targets

THE United Nations Population fund (UNFPA), has called on African governments to invest heavily towards HIV prevention measures so as to reduce the growing burden of new HIV infections amongst young adolescent girls and women in East and Southern Africa. By Michael Gwarisa in Narobi, Kenya Briefing Journalists during the ICPD summit Media consultation and orientation workshop on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), UNFPA ESARO SRHR/HIV Technical Specialist, Richard Delate said even though new infections had reduced amongst the adult population, the young female population was under siege.…

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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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Zim Should Honour Abuja Declaration in 2020 Budget

CIVIL Society Organisations (CSOs) have called on government to increase domestic funding for Zimbabwe’s healthcare in the forthcoming 2020 national budget so as to stimulate Universal Health Coverage (UHC). By Patricia Mashiri Zimbabwe’s healthcare system is currently in intensive care owing to a plethora of factors chief among them being the poor funding from treasury amongst a host of other ills which have literally brought the sector on its knees. Speaking during the Civil Society Engagement on the Development of a Submission Paper on Priority Funding Areas in the 2020…

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300 000 People Living With HIV Fail To Access Services

ZIMBABWE has about 300 000 people living with HIV still on the sidelines of accessing treatment services due to poor health seeking behavior among other things. By Kudakwashe Pembere This emerged during a two day Men’s Dialogue involving Traditional and Faith Based leaders on HIV and Health in Harare. On the sidelines of the event, Health Ministry National PMTCT and Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator  Dr Angela Mushavi told HealthTimes that they have learnt that a large number of those left behind in accessing HIV services are men. In…

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#GoodNews: If Your Virus Is Undetectable, You Cant Transmit HIV

ACCORDING to 20 years of research and evidence, HIV treatment is highly effective in reducing the transmission of HIV. People living with HIV on antiretroviral therapy who have an undetectable level of HIV in their blood have a negligible risk of transmitting HIV sexually. According to the UNAIDS, three large studies of sexual HIV transmission among thousands of couples, one partner of which was living with HIV and the other was not, were undertaken between 2007 and 2016. In those studies, there was not a single case of sexual transmission…

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An HIV Free Generation Is Still Possible For Zimbabwe- Gvt

ZIMBABWE is still committed to realising an HIV free generation through the scaling of HIV prevention services through all populations, a Ministry of Health and Child (MoHCC) official has said. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking recently, Director in the HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) Unit, Dr Owen Mgurungi said it was critical to have better options in the management and treatment of HIV in children so as to minimise the risk of developing We want to make sure that we build capacity in this country for management of pediatric HIV and specifically…

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Zim Receives 3rd Line ARVs For Children and Adolescents

JANSSEN Pharmaceutical Companies a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson has donated a sizable quantity of Third-line Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to Zimbabwe as part of its efforts to address the huge ARV drug resistance burden prevalent in children and young people. By Michael Gwarisa Through a program dubbed the New Horizons Collaborative, an integrated approach to improving pediatric HIV care, a total of 5000 children from the SADC region are set to benefit. Through the program, Janseen provides Darunavir and Etravirine, including child friendly formulations, free of charge to eligible countries…

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UN Worried Over Increased New HIV Infections In Girls

OUTGOING United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Bishow Parajuli has expressed concern over increased cases of new HIV infections in girls and youths in Zimbabwe at a time when the country was witnessing a reduction in infections amongst other groups. By Michael Gwarisa According to the UNAIDS: HIV and Women report released early this year, Zimbabwe has 780 000 young girls infected with HIV. Briefing a Media Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday, Mr Parajuli said there was need for mobilisation of resources towards improving treatment and access to HIV prevention for…

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