Harare Door to Door HIV Survey Launched

THE team conducting the 2019-2020 Zimbabwe Population HIV Based Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey will be leading a door to door gathering and collating of HIV related data with the aim of assessing the progress as well as identifying gaps that could hinder the realisation of the 2030 goal of ending AIDS. By Michael Gwarisa The Harare launch follows the successful commencement of Phase 2 which kicked off after a short festive season sabbatical. Phase one to the survey was completed in December where a community response rate of at least 95…

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Mberengwa Cries For Help…Battles High ARVs Coverage Gap

AT a time when other districts are doing well in terms of advancing treatment and care to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) clients, Mberengwa remains in the negative despite efforts by partners and the ministry of health and child care to advance treatment to the area. Mberengwa has a low ART coverage of 44, 5 percent as of last year, making it one the districts with the highest ART  gap (3,000 – 10,000) along with 19 other districts which include Zvimba, Gokwe, Chipinge, Bulawayo, Goromonzi, Insiza, Umguza, Kwekwe, Mt Darwin, Lupane, Mazowe,…

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US Government Injects US$163 Mln To Fight HIV In Zimbabwe

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THE United States Government (USG) through the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2019 contributed an amount to the tune of US$163 million to scale up HIV interventions in Zimbabwe’s communities. By Michael Gwarisa recently in Masvingo Speaking at the 2019 World Aids Day (WAD) commemorations in Masvingo, the US Deputy Chief of Mission in Zimbabwe, Mr Thomas Hastings said communities needed to be capacitated to fight the HIV scourge at grassroots level. We have come a long as a partnership between the people of Zimbabwe and the…

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Inflation Erodes AIDS Levy Collections…No ARVs Procured In 2019

RUNAWAY inflation coupled with skyrocketing prices for pharmaceutical products has eroded AIDS Levy collections over the past few months, making it difficult for the National Aids Council (NAC) to procure Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) drugs from foreign suppliers, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa Even though treasury gave NAC the green light to access foreign currency from banks at the prevailing Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) set interbank rate, the organisation has been struggling to purchase lifesaving drugs from foreign sources since suppliers only accept the United States Dollar (USD). Briefing…

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Six teams go to battle in PEPFAR Test and Score Challenge

IN one of the first events to celebrate  World AIDS Day (December 1), six recreational soccer clubs will  contest in the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS  Relief (PEPFAR) and Harare Professionals Soccer League (Hpsl) Test and  Score Challenge Tournament on Saturday. The event will be held at Mbare High School grounds on November, 23, 2019 starting at 9 am, with the finals expected to  be played at 2.30 pm. In addition to football and dance entertainment,  PEPFAR partners will provide health services on the sidelines of the  matches…

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PEPFAR To Invest $2 Billion For Women and Girls Empowerment

THE United States Government (USG) announced that it will invest nearly $2 billion this year to advance gender equality by supporting millions of women and girls through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). “Through PEPFAR, the U.S. government is deeply committed to gender equality,” said Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. “We are putting resources and actions behind our words by investing nearly $2 billion this year to save and improve the lives of millions of women…

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Pepfar partners Hpsl in HIV- AIDS campaign

THE United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Harare Professionals Soccer League (Hpsl) joined hands this week to launch the PEPFAR- Hpsl Test and Score Football Tournament. During the tournament, Pepfar partners will work with male professionals on HIV prevention, HIV testing and adherence to treatment. At PEPFAR, we are excited about this partnership and we will be monitoring progress as you play soccer and get to know more about smart decisions to protect yourself from acquiring HIV,” said Dr Ponesai Nyika, Public Health Specialist at…

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Parliament Petitioned Over ARV Shortages

PEOPLE Living With HIV (PLHIV) have handed over a petition to the Parliament of Zimbabwe in a bid to push government to urgently allocate financial resources to arrest the prevailing drug shortage before the situation goes out of hand. By Michael Gwarisa The development comes at the back of indications that the National Aids Council (NAC) is sitting on a cash pile of RTGS$20 million which they are failing to convert to United States (US) dollars needed to procure drugs from source markets. In an interview on the side-lines of…

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OVC Program: Hope for HIV positive mothers

IT is a beautiful Tuesday morning and Sarudzai (36) wakes up very early at the break of dawn to do her household chores and prepare her eldest 12-year-old child for school. Limping, she does her chores methodically and thoroughly. Health Correspondent Sarudzai is living with a disability, her left leg is deformed since birth but she has mastered the art of doing everything on her own and fend for her family.  The married mother of three from Mutimuri Village in Chegutu District is living with HIV but she has since…

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PEPFAR Unveils Legacy Mural Against Unprotected Sex

UNITED States Presidential Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) celebrated their 15 years in fighting HIV in Zimbabwe in style through unveiling their legacy mural shunning risky sexual morals. By Kuda Pembere The commissioning of the mural was done at Glen View 3 Shops in partnership with Jibilika Dance Trust which organized and provided edutainment on Saturday. Speaking at the event, Center for Disease Control (CDC) branch chief for HIV services in  Zimbabwe, Dr Shirish Balachandra said the event coincided with PEPFAR’s 15 years in Zimbabwe. “Today is very important…

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