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Condoms Shortage Sparks Concern In Sanyati District

Reports indicate a severe condoms shortage in Sanyati district, which encompasses the gold-mining hub of Kadoma, known for its prevalent commercial s*x work. This scarcity poses a significant risk of promoting unsafe s*xual practices among adolescents and key populations, potentially undermining progress made in combating HIV and AIDS.

Access to free condoms has become increasingly challenging, with these essential products not readily available at convenient dispensing points or for sale in local pharmacies. The repercussions of this shortage could include heightened transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), as well as an increase in unintended pregnancies.

During the recent first-quarter provincial stakeholders’ meeting held in Chinhoyi, Amnot Chipandambira, the Sanyati district AIDS coordinator, underscored the severity of the situation. Chipandambira highlighted the absence of condoms in key healthcare facilities like Kadoma General Hospital and local pharmacies, as well as clinics within the community.

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Efforts are underway to address this crisis, with plans to redistribute the limited condom supplies from clinics with excess stock to areas facing acute shortages. However, stakeholders are also pursuing long-term solutions to ensure sustained access to condoms across the district.

Stakeholders from other districts, including Makonde and Zvimba, have also reported intermittent shortages, prompting discussions on the need for coordinated condom redistribution efforts.

David Nyamurera, the provincial manager of the National AIDS Council (NAC), assured stakeholders of the organization’s commitment to facilitating equitable and timely condom distribution. Despite logistical challenges, NAC remains resolute in its efforts to prevent risky s*xual behavior through adequate condom provision.

Delays in condom distribution have been attributed to bottlenecks in the testing and certification process by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ). These delays often impact the timely distribution of condoms by the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to various service providers, exacerbating shortages in critical areas.



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