SafAids Partners Community Based Organisations To Find Test & Treat Children Living With HIV

IN an effort to put children who are HIV positive on treatment a regional HIV information dissemination organisation, Safaids, has partnered with Community Based Organisations in three provinces in the country to track the children and put them on treatment. By HealthTimes Reporter The intervention programme which is called Find Test and Treat the Missing 4 000 is being implemented in Bulawayo, Midlands and Mashonaland East Provinces. “We are complementing government efforts in terms of fighting HIV so that we get to Zero new infections and have an AIDS free…

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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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End Forced Sterilisation Of Women Living With HIV

THE Global Network of People living HIV (GNP+), the International Community of Women living with HIV and the Global Network of Young People living with HIV (Y+),  have called  for an end to forced sterilisation of women living with HIV. In a statement, the three orgnisations described the act as a horrific violation of  human rights and called for an end to all violations of women’s autonomy and bodily integrity. The forced and coerced sterilization of women living with HIV has been documented in over 31 countries around the world,…

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Curtain Comes Down On ZIMPHIA 2020 HIV Survey

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THE second Zimbabwe Population based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) 2020 survey has ended on a high note amidst indications that the survey managed to reach cover more than 19 000 households countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa The first phase of the survey which kicked off in November, 2019  is a population household survey led by the Health and Child Care Ministry working in collaboration with the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat), National Aids Council (Nac) and ICAP at the Columbia University. Giving the keynote address on behalf of Health and Child…

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ZIMPHIA 2020 Could Leapfrog Zim Towards Ending AIDS By 2030

FOR the first time, Gogo Mhlanga (75) of Filabusi in Matebeleland South is seeing the Zimbabwe Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA 2020) survey banner. She wonders what it is all about and why it has been erected close to her homestead. By Michael Gwarisa A few minutes later, the ZIMPHIA 2020 Southern Region Survey Coordinator, Mrs Kudzanayi Moyo walks to her and explains what the message on the banner is saying and why the ZIMPHIA team is in the area. Her face lights up with joy and expresses gratitude…

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Five Die In Byo, As Prophets Order Them To Stop Taking ARVs

AT least five people died in Bulawayo in the period leading to the 2019 festive season following indications that they had discontinued taking Antiretroviral medications at their prophets’ orders, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Bulawayo The revelation came into the open when members of various HIV and AIDS support revealed that they stumbled upon stashes of Antiretroviral treatment drugs in the deceased’s’ rooms while some had publicly confessed that they had been ordered to stop taking their medications by their pastors and prophets. National Aids Council Bulawayo…

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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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Zim Human Development Index Rankings Improve

ZIMBABWE according to the latest Human Development Index report moved six places up into having medium human development from low human development due to progress in health service delivery. By Kudakwashe Pembere Countries with very high human development are ranked from number 1 to 62. From 63 to 116 are countries having high human development while those ranked between 117 and 153 are in the medium human development group. The HDI is a summary measure for assessing long-term progress in three basic dimensions of human development: a long and healthy…

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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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