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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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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US Govt Injects $750 000 For Zim’s Fight Against Trafficking

The United States Government has over the past years injected into Zimbabwe $750 000 in the fight against human trafficking.   By Kudakwashe Pembere US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols addressing delegates at a Human Trafficking Discussion said human trafficking was an increasing phenomenon the world over with most victims being third world countries’ citizens. “The United States Government is supporting Zimbabwe with $750 000 in anti-trafficking assistance that goes to victim services, awareness, referrals, aligning legislation, and building regional capacity,” he said. US Harare Embassy Political Officer Ben Wiselogle…

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U.S. to maintain HIV funding for Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter THE United States Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr says says his country will maintain, and even increase, HIV funding levels to Zimbabwe despite a change in administration. There were fears that the new American President Donald Trump would pull the plug on Zimbabwe, following announcement that his government was working on reducing international aid to various countries. Addressing journalists during a tour of the OK- PEPFAR First Street Stage during the just ended Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA), Ambassador Thomas said international aid has not been…

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