Making dreams a reality: The DREAMS/Pathways Project

By Tariro Mhute and Vincent Mpamhadzi Looking back Virgina Tshuma (34) from Mambo – Gweru, never imaged that one day she would own a thriving poultry business. With the prevailing economic crisis, making ends meet was only a dream as she and her husband only managed to provide one meal per day for their three children, let alone pay their school fees. Her husband is an artisanal miner and without a steady income – life wasn’t always rosy. This posed great tension in their home, which sometimes led to verbal…

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Ensuring a better future for future generations: A journey towards curbing the HIV epidemic

IT is past midday and Portia* (22) arrives at a local Clinic in Filabusi, Matabeleland South, after a seven-kilometre walk from her homestead. Winter is fast approaching, and it is windy, she bends down to wipe the dust off her feet using a cloth and fixes her mask as she walks briskly towards the gate. From a distance, she sees the clinic is not as busy as she had anticipated. By Tariro Mhute and Osiah Chinemo She quickly washes her hands with the soapy water at the entrance and cheerfully…

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United States Launches Two Projects Worth US$78 Million to Provide Critical HIV Healthcare Services

DEMONSTRATING its commitment to the people of Zimbabwe, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched two projects worth a combined US$78 million to provide critical HIV healthcare services for over half a million Zimbabweans. HealthTimes Reporter “The United States is proud to stand with the people of Zimbabwe to address HIV,” stated USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director, Mr. Art Brown. Together with our partners, USAID is ensuring that people living with HIV can start treatment early, adhere to treatment, reach…

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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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USAID Trains Over 8000 Health Workers To Manage COVID-19 In Zimbabwe

THE United States Agency for International Development  (USAID) has trained more than 8,200 healthcare workers and experts to provide technical support at health facilities in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual roundtable meeting with journalists, newly appointed USAID mission director in Zimbabwe, Mr Art Brown said the United States government was committed to improving lives of ordinary Zimbabweans through  poverty alleviation, eliminating hunger and improving health standards. One of the major priorities that we have that I have stumbled into is the COVID-19 Pandemic that…

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“Shaina” A New Movie About Coming Of Age Premiers Tonight On ZTV

THE U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) in collaboration with high profiled Zimbabwean actors have come together to deliver a unique coming of age film titled Shaina which premiers tonight at 9 PM on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC TV.) By Michael Gwarisa The film  also follows the Success of other two projects “Inside Story” and “Lucky Specials” and is part of a media initiative to empower adolescent girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa by the (USAID). The USAID funded feature-length film, Shaina, premiers on ZBC-TV at 21 at 9PM tonight and …

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USAID Nutrition and Agric Programs Boost Household Food Security In Zim

THE United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) nutrition and resilience interventions have contributed significantly to household food sufficiency at a grassroots level in rural Zimbabwe. By Michael Gwarisa To date, USAIDS has assisted more than 350,000 Zimbabwean small holder farmers to increase their yields, incomes, food security and self-reliance. Speaking at the USAID roundtable discussion which ran under the theme, “Agricultural-led Growth, Nutrition and Resilience,” United States Envoy to Zimbabwe, Ambassador Brian Nicholas said the aim of their programs was to see households running  sustainable income and food generating…

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US Provides Supplementary US$41, 9 million For Food Security

THE United States Government has donated to Zimbabwe an additional US$41, 9 million in funding to respond to the critical food security situation in the upcoming lean season between October 2019 and March 2020 in Zimbabwe. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing  the press on Tuesday, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols said the funding will assist over one million vulnerable Zimbabweans. I am representing the United States Government today as we announce our additional contribution of USD41, 9 million in response to the United Nations Humanitarian Appeal to increase emergency food…

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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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United States launches program For orphans and vulnerable children in Zimbabwe

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the launch of Pathways, a five-year $35 million program that will offer services to 250,000 HIV-affected orphans and vulnerable children, 59,500 households, and 15,000 vulnerable youth. HealthTimes Reporter USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk stated: “USAID’s Pathways program will ensure that HIV-affected and infected children can access health services, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment, as well as prevention of and response to gender-based violence.” Operating in nine districts in Zimbabwe with high HIV burden, Pathways will put communities on a…

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