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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#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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