An Evaluation of the Measures to Reduce the Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in Zimbabwe and Report on the Achievements Made to Date
Human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immune deficiency syndrome
are illnesses that cause the immunity of a person against infections
to deteriorate due to the erosion of a person’s immunity system World Health Organization.
When the pandemic became prevalent in Zimbabwe early 2000’s,
HIV/AIDS affected people faced challenges such as stigmatization
and discrimination both within work places and their communities.
This saw employees in Zimbabwe lose their jobs and being chased away from their communities
as they were treated as outcasts who got the infection through sexual immorality
which was grossly wrong.
School going pupils with HIV/ AIDS had to stop going to school as teachers refused to teach
them fearing that they would get the infection from them and this
was also wrong and fallacious.
Due to further education about this pandemic, the government of Zimbabwe
then responded through various measures to fight the effects of HIV/AIDS and
these have been discussed vividly below also portraying how effective
they have been and the key achievements between 2000 and 2020.
Human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome
are mainly spread through unprotected sexual activity and hence the reason
why the major measure to reduce its impacts has been involving
all community stake holders in obtaining and spreading
education on how to fight against this pandemic disease.
This has been very useful in curbing impacts such as suicide, turnover and reduced
average life expectancy which more-so affects a country’s production.
HIV/AIDS Res Treat Open J. 2022; 8(1): 1-3. doi: 10.17140/HARTOJ-8-135