Massive Turnout For First Lady’s Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Initiative In Hopely

HUNDREDS of women and girls in Hopley, thronged the free Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer screening drive that was being offered by Angel Of Hope Foundation, a charity organization under Zimbabwe’s First Lady and Health Ambassador, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa. By Patricia Mashiri The Cancer Screening session was offered through Angel of Hope’s Mobile clinic facilities which included a bus among other mobile facilities. Speaking during the cancer screening session  in Hopely, Harare South, Amai Mnangagwa said  even though it was breast cancer month, women continued to lose lives to other…

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800 000 Children Living With HIV Not On ARVs Therapy

New HIV infections among children declined by more than half (54%) from 2010 to 2020, due mainly to the increased provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV. However, that momentum has slowed considerably, leaving particularly large gaps in western and central Africa, which is home to more than half of pregnant women living with HIV who are not on treatment. Gaps in the testing of infants and children exposed to HIV have left more than two fifths of children living with HIV undiagnosed. The number…

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UN Agencies, Partners Hold GBV, HIV Training For Interfaith Organisations

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) together with the UN Women, UNESCO and the National Aids Council (NAC) are hosting a tow day Virtual Capacity Training for Interfaith Network Members and Faith Based Organizations on Male Engagement for Training on Gender Based Violence and HIV. By Michael Gwarisa The training marks the third such event the organizations have jointly hosted in 2021 in a  move meant to equip leaders from various religious and interfaith groups with knowledge around GBV and HIV issues so as to reduce…

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2021 SRHR Activism Awards Winners Honored

THE Sexual Reproductive Health and Right Africa Trust (SAT), has awarded young people who excelled in advancing work around SRHR in communities throughout the year 2021 despite challenges that were brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa The SRHR Activism awards are amongst other reasons aimed at motivating young people to advocate for their Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in their respective communities. Officiating at the awards event, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Zimbabwe Country Director, Ms Sophia Mukasa Monico said young people have a…

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Youth Engage Trains 70 Adolescents Girls & Young Women On HIV, SRHR

Youth Engage Zimbabwe, in partnership with her Her Voice Fund and Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Health (ZiCHIRe), have kick-started HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) training for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). By Patricia Mashiri The inaugural training was held in Harare South where a total 70 AGYW aged between 15 to 27 were trained while more other trainings are already lined up for other parts of the country.The trainings are meant to increase utilization of equitable SRHR and HIV services by vulnerable AGYW, improve delivery of…

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AIDS Levy, International Financing Behind Zim’s AIDS Response Success- UNAIDS

THE Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) says Zimbabwe remains a leader in as far as HIV treatment on African continent at the back of a myriad of factors chief among them being a  well-coordinated domestic funding mechanism for HIV/AIDS and support from international partners. By Michael Gwarisa In update on how Inequalities are at the heart of uneven progress in the AIDS response, UNAIDS said progress against HIV has been uneven with other countries struggling to contain the pandemic. The gains made through people-centred approaches within…

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Zim Still Among High Cervical Cancer Burden Countries In Africa

ZIMBABWE is still in the top five cervical cancer high burden countries on the continent, despite numerous efforts by the ministry of health and child care (MoHCC) and development partners to address the scourge, a United Nations Aids (UNAIDS) report has gathered. By Michael Gwarisa According to the 2021 Global AIDS Update report, majority of the cervical cancer cases were linked to HIV. An estimated 85% of women with cervical cancer live in sub-Saharan Africa, where the proportion of women living with HIV among people with cervical cancer exceeded 40%…

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Zimbabwe Records Significant Decline In AIDS Deaths

ZIMBABWE’S AIDS mortality has  significantly declined from a high of 488 people in 2010 to 137 people per 100,000 people living with HIV in 2020, indicating a 71.9% decline in AIDS deaths over the past decade, the National AIDS Council (NAC) has revealed. By Michael Gwarisa The development also follows revelations that the number of people living with HIV across the country was stabilizing as a result of increased number of people who are on Antiretroviral Treatment (ART). Making an HIV estimates presentation during a virtual 2021 Global Aids Monitoring…

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Adopt Women Centred HIV Initiatives To End AIDS Warns Women CSOs

CIVIL Society groups have raised concern over the high prevalence HIV/AIDS  as well as the ever growing number of new infections in women and girls who are disproportionately affected by HIV due to their societal roles like harmful cultural practices. By Patricia Mashiri Speaking in a webinar meeting , Jane  Kalweo, the Advisor United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) Country Office Zimbabwe said there was need for women centered initiatives as they are always left behind. Women continue to suffer lack of representation. We need more women centered initiatives. The responsible authorities…

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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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