Funding for New Medical Equipment, Research Projects and a Microloan
In 2018 and 2019, ZATA bought Thoracic Ultrasound Equipment, and the CU Department Medicine supported the training of UZ faculty and staff
In the Fall of 2018, ZATA purchased thoracic ultrasound equipment for the Department of Medicine at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). We collaborated with Professor Ali Musani, Vice Chair, Global Health, Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine on the purchase and Dr. Musani trained the faculty and staff at UZ on the equipment February 26 and 27, 2019. The ZATA Board is very appreciative of the training and travel support provided by the CU Department of Medicine CoZIE (Colorado Zimbabwe Exchange) Program.
Khameer Kidia, MPhil
In 2014, the ZATA Project funded two AIDS-related research projects at the University of Zimbabwe.
The details of the two projects are described below.
Stigma and Skin Disease among HIV-positive Adolescents in Zimbabwe
Tariro Makadzange, MD, DPhil and Khameer Kidia, MPhil
This study examined the psychosocial impact of chronic skin disease on adolescents living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. The data from this study has been used to guide the implementation of programs to support adolescents living with HIV at Parirenyatwa Hospital Family CareCentre. Dr. Makadzange completed this study and the UZ faculty and ZATA Board are very pleased.
Spirometric changes in AIDS-Kaposi sarcoma patients with pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma being followed at Parirenyatwa KS clinic
Felix Donald Manyeruke
AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma has been the most common AIDS-related cancer in Zimbabwe and has been associated with poorer health outcomes and decrease quality of life along with higher mortality. The study examined whether current treatment for pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma (KS) was associated with any improvement in pulmonary function and functional status. In July 2015, Felix completed the project! We are so proud of Felix and happy that ZATA could participate in this important research.
The Broccoli and Poultry Microloan Project
The Sanning Foundation in Zimbabwe received microloan funds to assist 20 HIV women and men to establish a broccoli farm. The foundation was formed with the purpose of providing social and financial solutions for poor women in rural areas. In October 2014, the first broccoli seeds were planted and the project was actually profitable in 2015. Therefore ZATA agreed with the Sanning Foundation that the ZATA microloan should be expanded into poultry farming. Here are photos of the brocolli and poultry farmers. The ZATA Board looks forward to future success stories from the Sanning Foundation once the drought conditions and currency issues abate in Zimbabwe. Many thanks to Moreblessing Signauke, head of the Sanning Foundation who started these initiatives, and the wonderful participants.