NAC sponsored goat project helps feed Gwanda Prison inmates

A goat rearing project at the Gwanda Prison Farm in the Maphane area, sponsored by the National AIDS Council(NAC), is proving to be a force to reckon with as the project has grown to the extent of being expanded into prisons and correctional facilities. By Kudakwashe Pembere recently in Gwanda The goat-rearing project commenced in 2015 following a donation by NAC of 83 goats to the prison. Over the years, the project at the prison now has a herd of about 204 and cumulatively the Matebeleland South province now boasts…

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JHWO Rural Clinic Accelerates Identification of Missed TB cases in Vungu

Jackson Sibanda a small scale artisanal miner from Vungu, Village 6 has just been screened for Tuberculosis (TB) at Riversdale Clinic in Vungu, 40 Kilometers away from Gweru. Due to the nature of his job which requires him to move from one place to another in search of the gold, he has little time on his hands and rarely visits a health facility whenever he falls ill. By Michael Gwarisa in Vungu However, his friend recently tested positive for TB and he fears he might have contracted it since they…

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Gweru Sex Workers Pose as MSU Students To Get Sex Clients As Competition Gets Tough

IN a few weeks’ time, the Midlands State University (MSU) will resume classes, and sex workers in Gweru are already fretting over the period as they fear finding themselves in the old profession’s relegation zone. Amongst sex clients, sleeping with a University student is a huge flex and status symbol. By Michael Gwarisa recently in the Midlands Province  This is also the trend in Zvishavane where the MSU has also established a campus. A few years ago, an MSU official told a parliamentary portfolio committee that Sex Workers from Zvishavane…

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175 000 condoms distributed in Highfield, Southerton, Glen Norah and Ishewekunze suburbs

Over 175 000 condoms were distributed in the South Western district covering Southerton, Highfield, Glen Norah and Ushewekunze suburbs in the last quarter of 2022, a significant stride in condom programming which the National AIDS Council (NAC) South western district office says was a peak reach. By Kuda Pembere This NAC South Western District deputy district coordinator Mr Michael Musaka told HealthTimes on the sidelines of the International Condom Day celebrations yesterday that they were pleased with the condom distribution for the quarter. “So we have been making strides. It…

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Using Community Footprint To Eliminate New HIV Infections In Sex Workers

Spiwe Chikwawa (49), a sex worker from Mutare has been in the sex work business for two decades now. However, a few years ago, Spiwe developed a rare Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). In her own words, she says this particular STI takes the trophy in the history of all stubborn STIs as it became resistant to treatment at some point only to disappear after it had resurfaced for the third time. By Michael Gwarisa in Mutare Due to a prolonged period with the STI, she also developed a pungent and…

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Zimbabwe Trains Botswana On Developing HIV Prevention Cascades

A Zimbabwean delegation comprising of National AIDS Council (NAC) and Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) staff, recently travelled to Botswana to train and assist their counterparts to develop HIV Prevention Cascades. By Michael Gwarisa The training follows bilateral discussions between the two countries facilitated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country office in Botswana who had noted the progress that Zimbabwe had made in developing HIV prevention cascades to inform planning, implementation and tracking of the HIV response in the country. In an interview with HealthTimes, National…

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Zim Records High HIV Deaths In Male Adolescents

ZIMBABWE continues to lose high numbers of adolescent boys aged 10 to 19 to the AIDS epidemic despite the country having made tremendous strides in controlling the AIDS epidemic. By Michael Gwarisa According to latest HIV estimates, AIDS related deaths in adolescent boys have been on an upward trend since 2016 unlike in female adolescents where AIDS induced deaths have been declining. Presenting on the country’s HIV estimates, National AIDS Council (NAC) National Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Mr Isaac Taramusi said adolescent girls constitute the biggest chunk of new HIV…

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Zimbabwe Commemorates World AIDS Day…AS US Government Pledges US$230 Million To Boost HIV/AIDS Prevention Capacity

ZIMBABWE today joined the rest of the world in observing the World AIDS Day (WAD) at a time the country is reported to have made significant strides towards HIV epidemic control. By Michael Gwarisa The WAD 2020 commemorations were held under the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility,” and were held in Harare at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) under strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Speaking during the WAD commemorations, Health and Child Care minister, Vice President Constatino Chiwenga said he was pleased to note that Zimbabwe had registered significant progress…

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