Zimbos spend $7 million on condoms

ZIMBABWEANS have continued to dominate the continent on condom use, with a staggering 115 million condoms distributed countrywide last year.

By Phyllis Mbanje

Stakeholders in the health sector said the sharp increase in the uptake of condoms could have contributed to the steady decline in the HIV prevalence rate, which has dropped by 30% since 2009.

The government, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), distributed 110 male condoms and five million female condoms.

In 2014, the National Spending Assessment (Nasa) validation report established that Zimbabwe spent $7 million on condoms.

During the International Conference on Aids and STIs in Africa (Icasa) held in Harare last November, Zimbabwe was lauded by partners for successful HIV and Aids interventions.

However, a study jointly conducted by UNFPA and the Health ministry, found that young people were having challenges in accessing and utilising condoms.

GOVERNMENT should prioritise providing sanitary pads in schools rather than worry about the distribution of condoms to pupils

This is despite the fact that young people are most at risk and account for the majority of new infections.

Last year, in a bid to encourage condom use, particularly among young people, the government launched a Condomise campaign in collaboration with
UNFPA. “People are going to have sex, with or without a condom. We just want to help people make the right decision for safer sex,” UNFPA senior HIV advisor, Bidia Deperthes said.

Meanwhile, the government has intensified efforts to get as many people tested for HIV and Aids.

Addressing journalists at a health talk, Aids and TB co-ordinator Owen Mugurungi said testing for HIV and Aids remained one of the most strategic preventive measures.

“People who know their statuses are less likely to transmit HIV and our focus should, therefore, remain on getting as many people as possible to be tested,” he said. The country will this month initiate a $23 million self-testing programme called STAR, which will run for two years on a pilot basis and close to 400 000 people will take part.

Zimbabwe National Network for People Living with HIV/Aids (ZNNP+) director, Mucha Makamuri said it was prudent for stakeholders to advocate for policies that encouraged HIV testing and creation of a stigma-free environment.

“Stigma is still rife at health facilities and there is need to revise the curriculum for clinicians and include stigma as a subject,” Makamuri said.

7 Responses to Zimbos spend $7 million on condoms

  1. Bo$$ February 3, 2016 at 6:30 am #

    inga maZmbos anemoto

  2. mzansi February 3, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    Always see a lot of them thrown àway still sealed!

    • ten gig February 3, 2016 at 7:23 am #

      Kkkkk thrown away in sealed form and they are part of this statistic.

  3. goodlife February 3, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    The gud news from this article is that New HIV infections have dropped by 30% since 2009 and l think that is an important statistic and we hope to see this trend continuing as more and more Zimbos become aware of the dangers of this pandemic disease.

  4. bingo February 3, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    The government, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), distributed 110 male condoms and five million female condoms.

    This went on to be printed and you wonder whats the purpose of the editorial team!!!!

    • kuda February 10, 2016 at 1:10 am #

      Haha. Good catch!

  5. Teodoro Obiang February 3, 2016 at 11:17 am #

    Most of them are size 0 recycled (washed out in Lake Chivero)

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