Member of Parliament for Murehwa who is also the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health and Child Welfare Dr David Parirenyatwa said there is need for continued efforts to equip rural communities with information about HIV as there are indications that some traditional and religious sects are still indulging in multiple sexual relationships with the belief that they will not contract HIV because of their religion.
Although a lot has so far been done to educate the public on HIV and AIDs issues recent research has revealed that in some rural communities tradition and beliefs are so strong that some people still continue to indulge in multiple sexual relationships with the belief that they will not contract HIV as long as they stick to their tradition or religion.
Following a meeting on Tools for HIV prevention in rural communities the House of Assembly Member for Murehwa Dr David Parirenyatwa said a lot still needs to be done to educate communities so that they effect behavior change.
Zimbabwe women Against AIDS, Poverty and Violence Programme Manager for Murehwa Sythia Matiza and community leaders concurred that although great strides have been made some rural communities such as Murehwa need behavior change education and prevention strategies especially youths between 15 and 24 years whose rate of infection is on the increase.
The need to strengthen home based care with emphasis on developing palliative care standards and guidelines and the involvement of men in the program as caregivers, peer educators and active partners in maternal health also came so strongly at the meeting.
Over the years the Apostolic faith has courted controversy because of its religious beliefs, including polygamy, wife inheritance and forced marriage of young girls to elders there by increasingÂ chances of infection.