Condom Use Declines Among Zim Sex Workers As Country Misses 2020 Condom Distribution Target

A total 83 million male condoms and 2.9 million female condoms were distributed in the year 2020, which is a far cry from the 100 million for men and 5.5 million that had been targeted for women during the year. By Michael Gwarisa The target misses were largely attributed to service disruption due to Covid-19. The 2020 figures were the lowest compared to the previous three years. The decline in condom distribution also affected uptake and use of condoms by Female Sex Workers and other HIV high risk groups. Presenting…

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Ending AIDS By 2030 In Zimbabwe: Churches Better Positioned To Promote Male Engagement In HIV Response

Members from various churches gather at the women and girls symposium

CHURCHES and religious institutions play a pivotal role in reducing the number of new HIV infections in men as well as promoting better health seeking behavior amongst in men, top HIV/AIDS experts have said. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2020 Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) Key findings,  HIV prevalence was 15.3% among women and 10.2% among men (ZimPHIA 2020), however more men were still not aware of their HIV status and they were lagging behind in terms of viral load suppression. Speaking during a Virtual workshop for ZCC…

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Zimbabwe Launches 2020 World AIDS Day Campaign

AS the 2020 World AIDS Day (WAD) commemorations draw near, Zimbabwe has launched the WAD 2020 Campaign theme, theme song and logo. By Michael Gwarisa The WAD 2020 will be running under the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility, Ending AIDS By 2030. According to the National AIDS Council (NAC), the 2020 WAD Celebrations will be held on December 1, 2020 in Harare at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC), under strict observance of COVID-19 regulations in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO) set standards. Speaking during a virtual Press…

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“We Need To Get Serious About Eliminating Mother To Child Transmission of HIV”- Dr Mushavi

NATIONAL Prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator in the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC), Dr Angela Mushavi says transmission of HIV from mother to child was preventable hence the need for increased efforts in order to reduce the number of children with HIV. By Patson Gumbo recently in Macheke Speaking at a media sensitisation workshop that was hosted by the National Aids Council (NAC) in Mucheke, Dr Mushavi said  even though the country had brilliant Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of…

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United States Launches Two Projects Worth US$78 Million to Provide Critical HIV Healthcare Services

DEMONSTRATING its commitment to the people of Zimbabwe, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched two projects worth a combined US$78 million to provide critical HIV healthcare services for over half a million Zimbabweans. HealthTimes Reporter “The United States is proud to stand with the people of Zimbabwe to address HIV,” stated USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director, Mr. Art Brown. Together with our partners, USAID is ensuring that people living with HIV can start treatment early, adhere to treatment, reach…

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#COVID-19: Share Correct Information To Avoid Stigma & Discrimination

THE Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) has called on government and its stakeholders to be consistent in theory information dissemination processes to curd stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. By Michael Gwarisa CWGH Executive Director, Mr Itai Rusike said in as much as they  commend the government for putting additional precautionary measures against the possible spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), there should be a systematic means of sharing information to the public. Zimbabwe has so far recorded three confirmed cases of the disease which has killed thousands of…

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HIV+ Pastor Raps Bogus HIV Cure Claims

ONE of the first clerics to televise his HIV status in Zimbabwe Reverend Maxwell Kapachawo, on Tuesday, slated his pastoral counterparts for misleading their congregants by claiming they have HIV/AIDS cure. By Kudakwashe Pembere This blasting comes barely a month after PHD Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya’s proclamation during a Sunday Church Service that he had found a cure for the disease. Speaking at the launch of the 2018 to 2019 World Aids Campaign Theme and Logo by National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, the vocal priest took a swipe at…

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#PEPFAR15: PEPFAR Scales Up HIV Prevention in Zimbabwe

…More People Initiated On ART The U.S Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has launched the PEPFAR’s year-long 15th anniversary campaign amidst indications that close to 900 000 people living with HIV received Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) in 2017 through its efforts. The celebrations will be running under the theme “15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships which is aimed at highlighting the tremendous impact, efficiency, and accountability of the U.S. government’s longstanding HIV/AIDS leadership across three administrations. According to PEPFAR, latest trends indicate that death and despair have…

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PEPFAR Takes HIV Awareness To HIFA

THE US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has upped its campaign to create HIV/AIDS awareness and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services (SRHR) at this year’s edition of the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA). In an interview with HealthTimes at their First Street stand, PEPFAR Coordinator, Funmi Adesanya said HIFA had provided them with an opportunity to interact with many people from various backgrounds and they had managed to effectively spread the message about testing, adherence to medication among other things. “We are here supporting HIFA to…

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JICA Improves Zim’s HIV/AIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Skills

JAPAN International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Resident Representative Mr Shumon Yoshiara says the Strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Capacity  for HIV/AIDS response programs were a resounding success and has manged to compile data that will go a long way in answering HIV related question in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa In Kadoma Speaking during the Final Workshop where data experts were presenti9ng their findings from the project, Mr  Yoshiara said the project which was birthed by bilateral relations between the government of Zimbabwe and Japan had gone a long way in building capacity…

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