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Third-line ARVs could widen treatment gap in Zimbabwe

HARARE, 12 March 2013 (PlusNews) - HIV/AIDS activists in Zimbabwe have welcomed the government’s move to address the problem of HIV drug resistance by introducing third-line antiretroviral drug (ARVs). But it remains unclear how the cash-strapped government will finance this, as procuring the drugs will invariably be expensive and could divert resources away from other HIV treatment efforts. full report

Cervical cancer a major threat to HIV-positive women

HARARE, 8 February 2013 (PlusNews) - HIV-positive women are living longer, but are now dying of cervical cancer. In Zimbabwe, cervical cancer is now the most common cancer among women, particularly those living with HIV. Activists are urging the government to step up efforts to prevent deaths related to the disease, accusing it of paying lip service to the problem. full report

Still struggling with drug shortages

HARARE, 11 January 2013 (PlusNews) - Chronic shortages of generic and antiretroviral drugs, stock-outs, high medication costs, and long distances to clinics are some of the hurdles people face in their quest to access essential medicines in Zimbabwe. full report

HIV/AIDS: Despite progress, HIV efforts fall short

JOHANNESBURG, 20 November 2012 (PlusNews) - Record progress in reducing the number of new HIV infections and lowering the numbers of people dying from AIDS-related causes indicate that the end of AIDS is "entirely feasible". But the epidemic is not over in any part of the world, and is gaining pace in some. full report

HEALTH: TB response failing children

JOHANNESBURG, 16 November 2012 (PlusNews) - The global fight against tuberculosis (TB) has failed children: most TB programmes under-diagnose, under-treat or completely leave children with TB out, despite the increase in paediatric TB, and rising numbers of children who are infected with drug-resistant forms of TB strains, according to new research. full report

SOUTHERN AFRICA: Governments failing to address cervical cancer

JOHANNESBURG, 31 October 2012 (PlusNews) - Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa, but new research reveals that governments’ attempts to address the disease have been inadequate. Access to cervical cancer screening services is minimal, few countries in the region have policies on the disease, and treatment remains a major challenge. full report

ZIMBABWE: Nurses step up to initiate HIV treatment

HARARE, 16 October 2012 (PlusNews) - Faced with the ambitious target of reaching 85 percent of people in need of HIV treatment by the end of 2012, the Zimbabwean government has announced that nurses will be trained to prescribe and manage antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. full report

ZIMBABWE: Activists slam poor management of ARV supply

HARARE, 1 August 2012 (PlusNews) - HIV/AIDS activists in Zimbabwe have criticized the government's poor management of the national HIV treatment programme after an audit revealed that life-prolonging antiretroviral drugs expired on the shelves of public health facilities. full report

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