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3 Mar 2015 - 10:44

New Zimbabwe

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HARARE - The Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Activist Union Community Trust ZHAAU-CT is setting up committees led by people living with HIV with the intention of monitoring access to and availability of AIDS services in the country's heath care centres. The initiative, which was launched at St Paul's Msami hospital in Mrewa last week, will see the AIDS activists reporting shortages of Anti-Retroviral drugs, cases of stigma and discrimination happening in hospitals as well as monitoring drug adherence among those on treatment. ZHAAU-CT president Stanley Takaona (HIV positive) at the launch said the initiative was not a witch-hunting exercise.

2 Mar 2015 - 09:52

By Nhau Mangirazi

KAROI-Two United Kingdom based medical doctors were in the country to assist some women on cervical cancer screening last week here.

The two are Doctors Tsitsi Chituku and her friend Fadzai Kanyangarara spent two days in Karoi where they assisted women on health matters and later screened them for cervical cancer, one of the non-communicable diseases affecting mostly developing countries including Zimbabwe. They live in Kettering, Northampton shire, United Kingdom. Kanyangarara said they were overwhelmed by the response by the women who were eager to learn more on health matters.

‘’The response was inspirational and we are grateful to the community. We wanted to empower women on health matters as this will help the society in the long run. Generally, women were eager to learn more on health issues. It is encouraging that we are already focusing to have this as an annual event and we have to mobilize more human resources for the next edition’’, said Kanyangarara.

27 Feb 2015 - 15:00

UNAIDS

Discrimination continues to affect the lives of millions of people around the world. On 1 March, Zero Discrimination Day, people from all corners of the world will unite under the theme of Open Up, Reach Out in order to celebrate diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms. The support garnered for Zero Discrimination Day has created a global movement of solidarity to end discrimination, which remains widespread. Millions of women and girls in every region of the world experience violence and abuse and are unable to exercise their rights or gain access to health-care services, education or employment. Discrimination at work, school and health-care and other settings reduces people’s ability to participate fully and meaningfully in societies and provide and care for themselves and their families. Globally, there are almost 80 countries that still have laws criminalizing same-sex sexual relations. Some 38 countries, territories and areas impose some form of restriction on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV. Furthermore, legal and social environments are still failing to address stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and those most vulnerable to HIV infection.   

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