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HIV Treatment

Fighting HIV and giving new hope

People living with HIV need treatment and care that takes into account medical and social issues alike. Newlands Clinic in Harare provides comprehensive services for around 7,000 HIV patients from the poorest backgrounds.

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1/6: Sister Rita talks with a young patient. Our goal is to support our patients, and to enable them to live their lives as independently as possible.

2/6: Blood tests are a key element of HIV treatment for monitoring the effectiveness of the therapy. Newlands Clinic has a well-equipped lab, which also carries out tests for other clinics.

3/6: After their check-up with their nurse, the patients can collect their medication directly from the Newlands Clinic pharmacy.

4/6: Patients who need nutritional support also receive basic foodstuffs directly at the clinic.

5/6: Newlands Clinic offers adolescents a place where they can meet and share their experiences. Group sessions and workshops also cover issues such as therapy adherence, depression and sexuality.

6/6: The next patients are waiting for their appointment. The waiting room at the clinic entrance is always busy.
(Photos: Patrick Rohr, Pia Zanetti)

Treating HIV calls for lifelong treatment to ensure that the virus cannot spread and lead to complicated and dangerous illnesses. There is great need for HIV treatment services in Zimbabwe. At Newlands Clinic, we focus on women, children and young people, and on people who perform a key role in their communities such as teachers and nurses.


Comprehensive treatment and support

The patients come to the clinic for an examination every one to three months. Our specially trained nurses know their medical histories and their circumstances exactly. They carry out most of the work themselves, supported by doctors where needed. The life-long therapy is closely monitored to identify treatment failure at an early stage and take appropriate action.

Newlands Clinic has a well-equipped lab where the patients’ viral load can be tested, and the clinic’s pharmacy makes sure that the needed medication is always available. Additional medical services such as women’s health services and dental care are also provided on site.

Successful HIV treatment hinges on taking our patients' circumstances into account. That's why we supplement it with other services:

HIV Medication in Zimbabwe

Not all HIV medicines are available in Zimbabwe, and it is therefore all the more important that the patients adhere strictly to the treatment in order to prevent resistance developing. In 2018, 73 % of our patients were on the standard 1st line regimen, with 25 % on 2nd line and 2 % receiving 3rd line treatment.