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HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe

Leaders from around the world are All In to end the AIDS epidemic among adolescents

UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and youth movements represented by PACT and Y+ join President Uhuru Kenyatta to launch All In, a new platform for action against the adolescent AIDS epidemic.

NAIROBI, 17 February 2015—While major advances have been made in almost every area of the response to HIV, progress for adolescents is falling behind, said leaders in the global response to end the AIDS epidemic.

AIDS has become the leading cause of death for adolescents in Africa and the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally. Just one in four children and adolescents under the age of 15 have access to life-saving antiretroviral treatment. Deaths are declining in all age groups, except among 10–19 year olds.


New Friends’ paper highlights innovative ways countries are mobilising health resources to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Washington, D.C., February 10, 2015 — In a report released Tuesday, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria highlights ways in which Global Fund implementing countries are increasing domestic investments in health. The report, titled Innovation for Greater Impact: Exploring Resources for Domestic Health Funding in Africa, illustrates how, through a variety of approaches, African governments are mobilizing additional resources to fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

“Impressive global progress has been made against the three diseases in recent decades and African governments are really stepping up. They have increased their domestic health financing by 150 percent,” said Friends’ President Deb Derrick. “But the fight is not yet over. To sustain momentum and ultimately defeat these diseases, increased funding will need to come from implementing countries and the Global Fund is working to facilitate this.”

Every HIV+ person to get ARVs: Govt

 Wendy Muperi
Daily News

HARARE - Government is mooting an ambitious roll-out of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) to every Zimbabwean who tests HIV positive.

David Parirenyatwa, the Health and Child Care minister, told delegates to a Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SafAIDS) community event in Mhondoro-Ngezi last Friday that all HIV positive people should access the life-prolonging treatment despite their CD-4 count.“We want ARVs to be everywhere and we don’t want to hear about shortages,” he said. “Now we are saying we need every HIV positive person to be on ARVs.”

Zimbabwe children score major milestones in 2014

UNICEF Zimbabwe

By Richard Nyamanhindi

The year 2014 witnessed incredible milestones for children in Zimbabwe. At the end of August, through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2014, the national statistical agency (ZIMSTAT) announced that the number of children that die from preventable causes was now lower than it has ever been in the past 20 years. Four out of five children are now being immunized from preventable disease – an all-time high. In the last year, the country was able to reach hundreds of thousands of children with Rotavirus and Human Papilloma Virus vaccinations, deliver clean water to more than 4 million people and worked toward getting more than half a million out of school children back into formal education.

Condom use up

Herald Reporter
The use of condoms increased by 22 percent in the past two decades owing largely to behavioural change, says Population Services International. PSI country director Mrs Louisa Norman said the increase in condom use had contributed to the decline in HIV prevalence rate. She was speaking at the launch of the new protector plus condom “New Man” by Health and Child care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa in Harare on Wednesday.
“Of course the reduction in prevalence rate is due to the hard work done by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, National Aids Council and many other partners but protector plus has certainly had a part to play,” she said.

HIV tests: Remember the children


THE increase in HIV counselling and testing bodes well for Zimbabwe’s commendable fight against HIV and Aids, but what about the children?
The figures released by the National Aids Council in their 2013 annual report showing a massive leap of people taking up voluntary HIV counselling and testing is certainly a positive development. It not only means that people have taken to heart messages on knowing their HIV status, but it also shows that more and more citizens are prepared to take responsibility for their health.

Sharp decline in HIV deaths

Paidamoyo Chipunza Health Reporter—
The number of people dying from HIV and Aids-related illnesses has significantly dropped from a high of 170 000 in 2003 to about 60 000 last year, a development attributed to Government programmes of effectively administering anti-retroviral therapy. The numbers include both adults and children. According to a preliminary report of the 2013 HIV estimates presented to various Aids stakeholders in Harare yesterday, the number of adults who died in 2013 has gone down from 50 230 in 2012 to 49 605 in 2013. The number of deaths among children between 0 and 14 years has also gone down from about 36 000 (2003 statistics) to 10 795 in 2013.
In 2012, 12 004 child deaths  were recorded.

Nurses authorised to initiate anti-retroviral treatment

Nurses authorised to initiate anti-retroviral treatment
25 March 2014

GOKWE - All nurses in Gokwe District are authorised to initiate people living with HIV and AIDS on anti-retroviral treatment at their clinics, following a successful Government-led mentoring programme. Drawn from all the 18 clinics dotted across the district, the nurses underwent vigorous mentoring by experienced medical staff from Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) over a two-year period.

Male circumcision is for your own good

Catherine Murombedzi H I V Walk
This year saw more men being circumcised as compared to last year, according to the Head of Aids and TB Unit in the Health and Child Care Ministry Dr Owen Mugurungi. About 90 000 men underwent the procedure against a targeted 115 000 while last year 40 755 men were circumcised nationwide. “This year’s output marks a significant increase as compared to 2012 when 40 755 males were circumcised. A remarkable feat in that 90 000 were circumcised,” he said.

According to the Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey 2010-2011, male circumcision is a common practice in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, commonly performed for traditional, health and other reasons. In Zimbabwe, 10 percent of men are circumcised. Randomised control trials carried out in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya showed that medical male circumcision has a protective effect of 60 percent against HIV transmission. The Government in 2009 adopted circumcision as one of the comprehensive HIV prevention strategies. The programme, through the Ministry of Health and Child Care and its partners, has this year successfully circumcised 90 000 men. With the Christmas holidays upon us more males could undergo the procedure thereby raising the figure. The Health Ministry aims to ensure that voluntary medical male circumcision services are available to all communities countrywide. Various strategies to ensure safe male circumcision services have been employed, which include training doctors, nurses and supporting team members to offer this much needed service.

Teenage sex: Parents preach abstinence

The Standard
16 October 2013

Parents have called on the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to prioritise abstinence in their sex education curriculum to combat teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among youths.This follows an exposé by The Standard a fortnight ago revealing children, as young as 12 years, were already sexually active in the country. A good number of parents conceded that while it was their mandate to discuss with their children about reproductive health issues, teachers also had an obligation to bring in the moral aspect of abstinence when teaching about the various preventive methods. In wide-ranging interviews with parents who were picking up their children from schools around Harare, many said abstinence was the solution in the advent of HIV and AIDS.

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