Zimbabwe: New government gives HIV-positive people hope

AIDS activists are hoping that the country's new administration will make good on promises to urgently improve access to affordable HIV/AIDS treatment and services at state hospitals. The country's three political parties - ZANU-PF and the two factions of the majority Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) - signed a power-sharing deal on 15 September, ending one of the worst periods of inter-party political violence since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. Despite scepticism that the three parties will be able to work together, the deal has brought hope to many ordinary Zimbabweans, particularly those living with HIV, who have been battling to cope in the current harsh economic and political environment. Of the estimated 320,000 people in need of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, only about 100,000 are accessing the medication at public health facilities. Besides the treatment gap, government hospitals are struggling to deliver services in the face of shortages of drugs, medical staff and foreign currency.

Zim running out of medicine, says report

At least 50% of medical drugs are out of stock in Zimbabwe's pharmacies because of critical shortages of foreign currency, making life harder for struggling Zimbabweans, it emerged on this week.

SA Doctors Get Vocal on Zimbabwe Situation

The continuing violence and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe have prompted a strongly worded statement from the South African Medical Association (SAMA) in which it voiced its concern about the situation, saying that it cannot remain silent on such issues.

State of the Nation: South Africa 2007

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Human Sciences Research Council
Assembling academics, journalists, researchers and analysts, the State of the Nation: South Africa 2007 volume will provide much fuel for debate. It offers 23 diverse angles on contemporary South Africa in one compelling, comprehensive and relevant publication.

The politics section focuses on the outcome of the 2006 local government elections and issues of service delivery. The section on the economy examines the rapidly growing social welfare net, the state of our public hospitals and health delivery systems, issues of water and the environment, and heritage and tourism.

Zimbabwe observes a reduction in HIV prevalence, but why?

In 2005, a substantial reduction in national HIV prevalence during the previous year was observed in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is being held up as an example of the early success of PEPFAR's ABC approach, but do findings from the field really support that claim? A report on what happened in Zimbabwe was presented at the PEPFAR Implementers meeting last month in Durban, South Africa, by Dr. Owen Murungi from Zimbabwes Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MoHCW) during a session on ABC.

Child malnutrition signals impact of AIDS in Zimbabwe

As food prices continue to escalate in Zimbabwe, the number of children suffering from severe malnutrition has increased in suburbs around the capital, Harare, according to aid workers. But they do not rule out that the spike could be linked to HIV/AIDS in a country with one of the worst prevalence rates in the world.

Cholera outbreak kills 5 more in Harare

Harare - A cholera outbreak that has hit several Zimbabwean districts has claimed five more lives in the capital Harare, taking the death toll countrywide to almost 30, the official Herald newspaper said on Monday.

AIDS Drugs Shortage Looms

Stocks of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) - the life-prolonging medication prescribed for people living with AIDS to mitigate their condition and keep them healthy - are running low, fuelling fears that the lives of thousands could soon be endangered.The drugs are made in Zimbabwe, but imported raw materials are used in their preparation.