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Report on the HIV and AIDS Programmes in Masvingo Province [S.C
the Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare
First Session – Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
Presented to Parliament on May 31, 2006
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was concerned by the high HIV and AIDS prevalence for Masvingo Province.
The statistics for all the districts are above the National average
of 20.1%. The Committee resolved to visit the province to find out
what programmes are in place to curb the spread of HIV and AIDS
and the intervention strategies and responses for those affected.
Your Committee visited
Zaka, Chiredzi, Ngundu(Chivi) and Masvingo Urban. The causes of
HIV and AIDS were cited to be due to mainly constant migration within
the province. Chiredzi is affected because of the large number of
migrant workers in the Lowveld. The worst affected is Ngundu Growth
Point which is a stopover of international truck drivers along the
Masvingo-Beit bridge road. One of the busiest roads in the region.
I n Masvingo Urban there are 8 Tertiary institutions and due to
economic hardships, students engage in risky behavior.
There are in place various
strategies to deal with HIV and AIDS in the province. The National
AIDS Council Co-odinating the Programmes well. These include advocacy
and awareness in the communities and schools and at growth points
and high risk areas like beer halls. For those affected by AIDS,
there are vibrant Home-based care programmes which are also supported
by the donor communities . The National AIDS Council has also initiated
the Zunde Ramambo project whereby chiefs are provided with farming
inputs to grow crops to assist families and those living with AIDS
as well as orphans and Child-Headed families.
The National AIDS Council
has been very effective in ensuring that people living with AIDS
and orphans benefit from the National AIDS Trust Funds. These groups
are given food packs, blankets and school fees for children administered
The roll out of Anti
Retroviral therapy is slow. There are very few people on ART compared
with the demand. The numbers of people gong for VCT has been increasing
but the statistics could be affected by the unavailability of ART.
The number of patients on ART in the private sector as some companies
is taking care of the welfare of their employees.
recommendations are that the National AIDS Council needs to scale
up efforts to look after people living with AIDS. The Zunde Ramambo
project is commended and decentralized to other areas. NAC should
be more effective in it’s co-ordination role so that it harmonizes
it’s work with that of it’s partners and non-governmental
organizations. Finally there is need to make ART available for all
who need it like the free access of TB drugs from any institution
in the Public Sector.
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