Tanaka Adolescent Clinic, a huge milestone towards attaining SRHR equality

ACCESS to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) has been one of the topical issues raised on various platforms. Most Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe have been at forefront of advocating for equal access to SRHR as well as removing the age barriers to accessing services. By Patricia Mashiri recently in Rushinga Many young people from marginalised communities struggle to access SRHR services owing to a myriad of factors chief among them being the absence of youth friendly health facilities which offer young people centred services. As a result,…

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ART Adherence Critical Even During Lockdown- SAfAIDS

SOUTHERN Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) Sub Regional Head and Country Representative in South Africa,  Mr Ngoni Chibukire says adherence to lifesaving Antiretroviral drugs should be observed religiously despite the ongoing lockdowns. By Michael Gwarisa His calls come at the back of increased reports of cases whereby people living with HIV in most parts of the SADC region have been failing to access their ARVs during the lockdown period. In an interview with HealthTimes, Mr Chibukire said the health needs of PLHIV have not changed because there…

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SafAids Partners Community Based Organisations To Find Test & Treat Children Living With HIV

IN an effort to put children who are HIV positive on treatment a regional HIV information dissemination organisation, Safaids, has partnered with Community Based Organisations in three provinces in the country to track the children and put them on treatment. By HealthTimes Reporter The intervention programme which is called Find Test and Treat the Missing 4 000 is being implemented in Bulawayo, Midlands and Mashonaland East Provinces. “We are complementing government efforts in terms of fighting HIV so that we get to Zero new infections and have an AIDS free…

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UNESCO In Regional Drive To Curb Early Unintended Pregnancies

Mr Masimba Nyamucheta UNESCO

THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has embarked on a campaign to reduce cases of Early Unintended Pregnancies (EUPs) in Zimbabwe and other sub-Saharan countries, a move that is set to empower adolescent girls and young people to make informed decisions about their Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH). By Michael Gwarisa in Mazowe Through a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) and Save The Children, UNESCO has already kick-started various media engagements initiatives at a regional…

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Zim Progresses In Putting Abortion Act On National Agenda

ZIMBABWE is amongst  a few countries on the African continent which have made strides in discussing about the need to have a progressive Termination of Pregnancy Act (TOP) at a national level, a sign the country is warming up to the need of having an abortion friendly law, a sexual reproductive health official has said. By Michael Gwarisa At least 14 countries are having dialogue on the issue of Termination of Pregnancy but Zimbabwe seem to have moved a step further as compared to other countries which are currently at…

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SafAids Launches Audio Magazine

SAFAIDS has introduced a a young people’s audio magazine programme that seeks to engage young people on HIV prevention and sexual reproductive health rights (SRHR) information. HealthTimes Reporter The project is a SAfAIDS, Viamo, Clinton Health Access Initiative through funding from Aidsfonds partnered with Young People and Peer Educators in Bindura District in Mashonaland Central. The Audio Magazine is targeting young girls and boys between the age of 15 to 24 years old. Young people can receive information on HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights once they register on…

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ICTs For SRH Programme Offers Hope For Rushinga Youths

MBIRE is amongst one of the many districts in Mashonaland Central grappling with  high cases of school drop outs amongst girls of school going age owing to an increased teenage pregnancy prevalence as well as an unprecedented rise in Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). By Michael Gwarisa in Mbire District Owing to societal vulnerabilities which include poverty, ignorance, and proximity to illegal gold mining activities, both young girls and boys in Mbire find themselves at the receiving end of societal ills such as sexual abuse and gender based violence. To hedge…

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Men Cant Be Trusted In The Fight Against GBV- Women Rights Groups

WOMEN Rights organisations representatives at the two day SafAids Symposium on Best Practices in HIV and Gender Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Gender Norms Transforming Regional Linking & Learning, say men can not be trusted as partners in the fight against GBV and there was need to put them under check. By Michael Gwairisa This however is despite increasing  calls for male involvement and mainstreaming men in the GBV war so as to break the barriers patriarchy has installed in society. Women Action Group, Zimbabwe director, Edinah Masiyiwa said there…

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SafAIDS Launches Best Practice Book…Celebrates Successful Community Work

….Women say GBV has gone down from SafAids Initiatives at rural community level …School dropout cases drastically reduced in Marange area Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS) this morning (16/05/18) launched the Best Practice Book, a detailed piece which documents some of the most successful stories the organisation and its partners have achieved in some of the most marginalized rural communities in Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa The Book titled “Integrating HIV and GBV Prevention Through Community Resilience Building: Success Stories from Zimbabwe,” is testimony of some of…

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Ignoring Key Populations Threaten 90 90 90 Targets

By Michael Gwarisa  LEAVING key Populations (KPs) behind in HIV/AIDS interventions and programs poses a a threat to the ambitious target of reducing HIV prevalence, deaths and new infections  by the year 2020. In Zimbabwe, KPs mean gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers and their clients, transgender people and people who inject drugs as the four main key population groups, but it acknowledges that prisoners and people with Disability also are particularly vulnerable to HIV and frequently lack adequate access to services (ZNASP3 )…

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