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NAC At The Zimbabwe International Trade Fair

NAC At The ZITF

The National AIDS Council (NAC) will as usual be participating in the 58th edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) under the theme: NAC Harnessing Linkages For Ending AIDS By 2030.

You are all invited to the NAC stand. NAC has packaged information for clients of all ages, race, social standing and creed. Information to be provided will be on the prevention and management of HIV, cancer and cancer prevention and a lot more. Information on nutrition and positive living for those living with HIV and AIDS will also be available at the NAC stand.

Young people getting into the video screening room at the NAC stand in 2016

Young people (10-24 years) have been classified as a key populat as research has shown that they are at greater risk of getting infected with HIV than adults. NAC realizes the importance of this generation and will have a section specifically set for young people on the stand. Here there will be peer to peer discussions, video screening, dialogues and written information to take home. It will be in the best interests of all young people to visit the NAC stand and get this life saving information. Young women and girls will also get information that will empower them to be able to refuse to engage in sex or ensure that they have safe sex at the right time. Even young children of primary school going age should visit the NAC stand as there is some information for them too.

Legislators from the Thematic Health Committee and Portfolio Comittee on Health and Child Care will be at the stand to dialogue with those affected and infected with HIV to see what government can improve on to end AIDS by 2030.

There will be HIV testing and counselling as well as TB screening, blood pressure and diabetes testing at the stand. Families and individuals are encouraged to come and take up these services as well as to get information that will help them lead long and healthy lives. Those who are positive will know how to live positively and those who are negative will get information on how to maintain their negative status.

Lobby group petitions Mugabe for mandatory HIV testing

A LOCAL Aids service organisation has petitioned President Robert Mugabe to flex his Executive powers and declare compulsory HIV testing for all citizens, as a last ditch attempt to halt the spread of the disease.

BY Phyllis Mbanje

The Citizens Aids Survival Trust (Cast) said this drastic action would initiate the process of ending death and destruction of “an entire black human race in sub-Saharan Africa and Zimbabwe in particular”.

The petition, which was signed during a Press conference last Friday, stated that the Constitution empowered Mugabe to curtail certain human liberties for the sole purpose of containing the spread of infectious, contagious and communicable diseases.

“The threat of destruction of our people is the biggest single matter of national interest. The right to safety and security from all manner of threats is enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” the organisation’s executive director, David Chiweza said.

He said Cast had, for the past 27 years, advocated for the institutionalisation of mandatory HIV testing.

In 2013, during a Sadc meeting in Malawi, Mugabe raised a storm when he openly suggested that the region should adopt forced HIV and Aids testing to curb the endemic.

“While there is need to respect rights of individuals, there is need to subject everyone to examinations because those who volunteer are not the ones who have been infected,” Mugabe said then.

Meanwhile, the organisation also petitioned the President to dissolve the entire board of the National Aids Council for failing to come up with effective mitigatory strategies against the disease.

“They are bereft of ideas and have negated their constitutional and legal duty to use the power vested upon them to apply their minds to stopping the spread of HIV,” Chiweza said.

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