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21 Nov 2014 description

In Zimbabwe, groups of HIV-positive patients, called Community Antiretroviral Treatment Groups (CAGs) support each other by taking turns traveling to the distant nearest clinic to pick up each other's medicines, reducing monthly trips to once a year. The groups also assist each other in other ways, providing peer support and monitoring one another's progress. On World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for health providers to adapt to the realities of patients' lives and have community-led approachs to treatment.

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21 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

Irwin Chifera

WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabwe has launched its revised national guidelines for HIV testing and counseling with special emphasis on couples, children and adolescents as it steps up efforts to halt the spread of the virus that causes AIDS.

Speaking at the launch of the new guidelines Thursday, the Health Ministry’s AIDS and Tuberculosis director, Dr. Owen Mugurungi, said HIV and testing and counseling remain the cornerstone in the fight against AIDS.

20 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mhofu

HARARE, ZIMBABWE— In some remote Zimbabwean districts, local communities and governments have created "maternity waiting homes" at hospitals, where expecting mothers can stay during the last six weeks of their pregnancies. The homes, built with European Union funding, are aimed at reducing maternal mortality and educating new mothers about how to look after their newborns.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

Thomas Chiripasi
18.11.2014 20:14

HARARE—Some inhabitants of Mt. Darwin in Mashonaland Central province are complaining that their children are being denied their right to education as authorities are ejecting the students from school for non-payment of fees.

Some villagers including Samuel Sande are not happy that several children have dropped out of school because of their parents’ failure to raise school fees.

16 Nov 2014 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

14 Nov 2014 description
DIPECHO Southern Africa and Indian Ocean - version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 7 260 000

0 . Major changes since last version of HIP

14 Nov 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

The traditional way of cattle ranching, in which animals are kept as a sign of wealth, is now a thing of the past in the Chilonga communal lands in Chiredzi district.

by Regerai Tukutuku

Sugar milling giant Tongaat Hulett has helped the local community set up a cattle feedlot at a cost of $ 150,000 that is set to transform cattle production in the area.

13 Nov 2014 description

Rainfall prospects are optimistic for the start of the 2014/15 agricultural season

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10 Nov 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

HARARE/NEW YORK – “When I was working, I would not give my wife any money. I would keep what I made in my own pocket,” said John Kaponda in Epworth, Zimbabwe. “I would come home drunk, kick all the pots, and beat my wife if she was not cooking meat for me, even though I did not give her the money to buy meat.” But since joining Padare, a UNFPA-supported movement of men advocating for gender justice in Zimbabwe, Mr. Kaponda says, “I have made a lot of changes in my life.”

08 Nov 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

According to the programme coordinator, Chengetai Magadu, the network, established in 2007, links local women farmers and shop owners. In a recent interview Magadu explained that they had engaged fertiliser and seed distribution companies to partner with shopkeepers and help supply the women with inputs and advice.

07 Nov 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

by Nelson Sibanda

Zimbabweans make up a significant proportion of the over 3 000 children benefiting from educational and life opportunity services offered by a Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Vaccine and Youth Centre in Cape Town.

06 Nov 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust is calling on Zimbabwean to embrace HIV prevention tools and technologies to avoid being left behind by both the region and the world in the fight against the deadly virus

To help raise awareness about advantages of ongoing HIV prevention research, the NGO plans to hold public informative meetings across the country.

Definite Nhamo, an AVAC fellow with the Trust, said Zimbabweans should expect to hear more about what new information is now available on HIV prevention tools.

05 Nov 2014 description
report Voice of America

Chris Gande
04.11.2014 20:56

WASHINGTON DC— The usually sleepy town of Marondera was Tuesday literally on fire when it was rocked by two separate demonstrations - one that turned violent with protesters looting in the process.

The first protest was led by suspected war veterans, who carried placards denouncing Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial chairman, Ray Kaukonde.

Kaukonde, who was recently attacked by First Lady Grace Mugabe during her so-called meet the people rallies, was ousted by some members of the party’s executive but later reinstated.

03 Nov 2014 description

A survey of TB diagnostic and treatment practices in eight countries

02 Nov 2014 description

After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.

02 Nov 2014 description

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  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in September with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.