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24 Apr 2015 - 09:30

By Tadiwa Nyatanga-Pfupa (NAC Communications Officer)
The National AIDS Council (NAC) –the Statutory body mandated to co-ordinate the  country’s multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS, will be exhibiting at the 56th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo from 28 April 2015 to 2 May 2015 under the theme: Getting to Zero to Stimulate Trade.
This year, the National AIDS Council has also partnered with the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) to take advantage of the ZITF and hold a half day workshop on the 28th of April 2015 to sensitize the private sector on the importance of implementing and strengthening HIV and wellness programmes within their companies.  The meeting is also aimed at encouraging business executives to promote productivity in the private sector by reducing employee mortality and morbidity and their related monetary costs  being experienced by companies. NAC will use this platform to showcase how  it has effectively responded  to the epidemic through the multi-sectoral approach over the years. During the exhibition,  NAC will showcase its achievements and programmes, under the following thematic areas: Monitoring and Evaluation, Care, Treatment and Support, Enabling Environment, Gender and Workplace as well as Finance. NAC staff will demystify all myths on HIV and AIDS and will be giving an update  on these.

24 Apr 2015 - 09:26

Wendy Muperi
Daily News

 HARARE - At least 45 000 people who screened for HIV in the fourth quarter of the last year failed to collect their results, National Aids Council (Nac) has revealed.Nac’s HIV Testing and Counselling (HTC) periodic report shows that about 603 000 people were tested during the period under review. Of those, about 558 000 received their results. At least 53 000 tested positive between October to December.“425 456 were tested for the first time while 177 231 were re-tests. 6 897 students were among those tested and 1 456 of the students tested positive,” reads the report.“There was a 1, 7 percent decline in the overall national HIV positivity rate for clients tested as individuals as compared to 10, 5 percent that was recorded in the previous quarter.”

17 Apr 2015 - 09:40

Newsday
16 April 2015
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HARARE - Senators have suggested compulsory testing of prisoners as HIV and AIDS continue to worsen among inmates at correctional facilities.

The Senate Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS said there was a need to review the current legislation to ensure that compulsory HIV testing was done on inmates to control the further spread of the disease within prisons. The committee presented its first report on the anti-retroviral therapy (ART) rollout programme which revealed that only Harare Central and Khami prisons were accredited to administer ART. Mashonaland Central Senator Monica Mavhunga (Zanu PF) said when the Thematic Committee on HIV and AIDS visited Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison, they were told that the HIV problem was serious. “The committee suggested that some inmates were affected psychologically and it was up to them to decide whether to get tested or not and mentally challenged inmates cannot undergo testing because the law does not allow people to be tested involuntarily,” Mavhunga said.

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