Condom use high – The Herald

Date: September 11, 2012
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Name: Condom use high

Name of publication: The Herald

Name of Journalist: Bulawayo Bureau

Date: 08 July 2012

Country: Zimbabwe

Theme: HIV/Aids

Skills: Use of data; events vs. news; sources

Genre: Local News

Gem classification: Gender Blind


Zimbabwe has recorded the highest condom usage in the world over the last five years, according to the Zimbabwe Demographic Health Survey of 2011. The development has contributed to the reduction of the HIV prevalence rate in the country. But the three Matabeleland provinces – Bulawayo, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South – remain at the top in HIV and Aids prevalence compared to other provinces. This emerged during the HIV and Aids capacity building training workshop for journalists, which began in Kwekwe on Wednesday. Presenting the overview of Zimbabwe’s response to HIV and Aids, National Aids Council (NAC) monitoring and evaluation director Mr Amon Mpofu commended Zimbabweans for adopting condom usage. “The usage of condoms is very high in Zimbabwe compared to other countries in the world. This is because in terms of distribution of condoms the country has adopted an intense distribution system through the National Family Planning Council which is working with different community care groups,” said Mr Mpofu. “We also have partners such as Population Services International (PSI), which has facilitated the selling of both female and male condoms in every shop, hotels and other places. This partly explains why the country has experienced a sharp decline in HIV and Aids prevalence rate.”


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