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Miracle surgery: Chivhu doctor uses Prophet Angel’s wrist bands to cure patients

First was miracle money, miracle gold and miracle diamond, then miracle weight loss, followed by 3-day miracle baby and miracle sex change. This time round Prophet Uebert Angel’s church has pulled yet another shocker as Angel claimed that a qualified medical doctor has since resorted to using his (Angel’s) wristbands ...

Job announcement: HIV Programme Officer with Zimbabwe Office of Trócaire (Deadline: Jun 11)

Trócaire is the Development Agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Agency works in Zimbabwe under an MoU with the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference. A vacancy for a HIV Programme Officer has arisen within its Zimbabwe Office. The successful candidate will be managed by the Programme Manager and will ...

Bishop Gandiya says HIV and AIDS related stigma and discrimination still exists in the church

The Church is yet to fully accept people living with HIV and AIDS  decades after the emergence of the virus, a senior clergyman has bemoaned. In Zimbabwe at least 1.3 million people are estimated to be living with HIV. Although access to HIV treatment is still a challenge in the ...

Traditional healers may play role in spreading HIV, TB in Zimbabwe

Fears are rising in Zimbabwe that traditional and faith-based treatments may be fueling the prevalence of HIV and tuberculosis. Such treatments are often favored by the local population because the healers are trusted community members and their services are often far less expensive than modern medicine. Many healers, or n’angas, ...

Pastors and HIV+ widows

There is a kind of behaviour among Christians that makes the sick — particularly those living with HIV and AIDS — feel judged, condemned, cursed, unloved, dirty and unacceptable. This kind of behaviour fuels stigmatisation and discrimination.   Such uncharitable behaviour (which assumes, for example that everyone who is HIV positive ...

Faiths-based organisations help hailstorm-hit Chivi families

About 35 Chivi families in Masvingo Province received a timely lifeline following the donation of blankets, cooking utensils, foodstuffs and makeshift tents from several NGOs like World Vision and churches last week. Chivi homesteads were destroyed by a hailstorm that hit the area recently. Speaking at the handover of the donations, ...

Bulawayo churches practicing the love they preach towards HIV+ people

Celebrating the World AIDS Day at the Large City Hall recently, AIDS activists and church-goers in Bulawayo marched around the city engaging in awareness campaign. Speaking at the celebrations, Pastor Dumisani Sibanda urged everyone to know and disclose their HIV status. “We should not discriminate those who are positive. The ...

Traditional healers and Evangelicals vs HIV/AIDS: Condomize, educate, abstain

by Sinikiwe Mlambo and Moses Chibaya The national AIDS Council (NAC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has roped in traditional health practitioners (THP) to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS. The programme targets at least 300 THPs for training. NAC Research and Documentation coordinator Freeman Dube said the initiative was ...

Anglicans face challenges at Arthur Shearly Cripps shrine in Chivhu

Annual celebrations of the life of an Anglican missionary revered by Zimbabweans have this year been declared “illegal” by the police in Masvingo province. The venue for the event is reported to have been seized by the ex-communicated Bishop Nolbert Kunonga. Anglican parishioners in Masvingo diocese gather every year to ...

HIV pastor in Hwange: once you discriminate, it is very hard to help positive people grow spiritually

The Reverend Thabani Ndlovu knew the words wouldn’t come easy. So he practiced: “I’m HIV positive,” he would tell himself. “I’m a pastor and I’m HIV positive.” On the day he worked up the nerve to say it out loud to his congregation in Hwange, the backlash was almost immediate. “Some of ...
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