Faith and Community Initiative Launched To Accelerate Attainment Of HIV Epidemic Control In Zimbabwe

THE Faith and Community Initiative (FCI) project, a programme which is aimed at scaling-up community and faith responses, which are central to achieving the 95–95–95 global treatment target and the PEPFAR goals focusing on impact, efficiency, sustainability, partnership, and human rights. By Michael Gwarisa The initiative is being supported by PEPFAR and USAID and the Organization for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID) and implementing partners, Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH), Family Aids Caring Trust – FACT Zimbabwe and AFRICAID are launching the Faith and Community Initiative FCI)…

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#COVID-19: HIV Virological Suppression Critical During COVID-19 Pandemic Says PEPFAR

THE United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) says it was critical to ensure the HIV viral load is suppressed under the prevailing global health crisis where majority of health services have been interrupted. By Michael Gwarisa PEAPFAR recently published guidelines to ensure continuous and effective HIV and AIDS treatement and care under the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. Click HERE To Access PEPFAR Document: According to PEPFAR, evidence on the impact of COVID-19 amongst PLHIV was still scarce and there is currently no direct evidence that people with HIV…

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#COVID-19: Veteran journalist shares practical tips for pandemic coverage

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VETERAN journalism, Bill Hinchberger shared practical steps that journalists can use when covering pandemics such as the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday. In a webinar conducted via Zoom  last Tuesday, Pasis based Hinchberger implored journalists to turn to journalism basics when confronted with challenges that come with novel situations such as pandemics. (Click HERE To access Zoom Webinar presentation) By a Correspondent “There is a distinction between us doing good journalism and what powerful people including politicians and people think about it,” said Bill. Sometimes we do good journalism and then…

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OPHID Intensifies Fight Against Double Burden of HIV & COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

THE Organisation for Public Health Inventions and Development (OPHID) has ramped up efforts to combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Zimbabwe through provision of Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) as well as Antiretroviral Treatment drugs reshipments  for those living with HIV inside COVID-19 isolation centres. By Michael Gwarisa OPHID is one of the three clinical partners that have been selected by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to implement CIVID-19 related interventions from the recent US$150 000 PEPFAR grant. OPHID has also set up satellite…

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US Channels $150,000 PEPFAR Money Towards Preventing COVID-19 In Zim

THE United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (or PEPFAR), is using at least $150,000 USD to help with COVID-19 prevention measures in Zimbabwe specifically targeted at people living with HIV. By Michael Gwarisa This PEPFAR funding includes the purchase of soap, buckets, hand washing stations and hand sanitizer for supported facilities, and the reproduction of COVID-19 communication materials to be shared at supported facilities and through faith and community networks around Zimbabwe. Three PEPFAR clinical implementing partners, OPHID, I-TECH and ZACH, will carry out the…

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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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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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