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Getting To Zero
26 May 2016 - 09:31

By Justus Lyatuu

Ever since HIV/Aids became a pandemic characterising sub-Saharan Africa, stigma has proven to be a barrier to successful intervention.

Existing social inequalities based on, among other things, gender and age, reinforce stigma, a form of prejudice that comes with shaming HIV patients. Peter Odwor, 56, has been living with HIV/Aids for some time and shares the effects of stigma if a person living with HIV is not strong or if they don't get support.

Odwor said he once went to withdraw money from a bank and on returning to his workplace, he saw people pointing fingers at him; apparently, news had spread of his HIV status, which he had not disclosed to anybody at his workplace.

20 May 2016 - 13:13

The Republic of Zimbabwe has made strides in Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) service provision and, among other interventions, has adapted the Community ART Refill Group (CARG) model which supports self-formed groups of clients, who are stable in accessing ART. The members of the groups would usually be coming from the same geographical area. The overall goal of this model is to reduce the burden and challenges for both health care workers and patients in the provision and receipt of ART and improving adherence and retention in care and treatment.

20 May 2016 - 12:11

University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. - To train future HIV researchers, the University at Buffalo and University of Zimbabwe have partnered to form the HIV Research Training Program, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) John E. Fogarty International Center.

The five-year grant will support doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows completing clinical pharmacology research at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) Center of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

"The award will help UZ attract and train the highest talent in pharmacological research," says Charles Chiedza Maponga, PharmD, co-investigator, director of the UZ Center of Excellence in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and research assistant professor in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

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