In 2011, FACT with support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH incepted a project “Strengthening HIV prevention among youths in Manicaland and Mashonaland West Provinces” targeting young people aged 15-24 years in Mutare rural, Makonde and Zvimba districts. The goal of the project is to contribute to the reduction of high-risk behaviour among youth and to increase access to appropriate health services. To achieve maximum effect of HIV prevention and among youth, a combination of feasible and acceptable interventions is offered in selected locations. Key elements of combination prevention such as tailored behaviour change communication tools are used as entry points in the communities to create demand among youth to access SRH information and services. Central to accessing health information and for demand creation is the Join-In Circuit on HIV, Love & Sexuality (JIC), community peer education and clinic based Youth friendly Corners (YFC). In 2013 FACT took over from GIZ the coordination of the JIC in Zimbabwe.
Since November 2012 till December 2014, 1 871 girls and 1 419 boys aged 15-24 visited youth friendly corner for SRH information at Marange hospital in Manicaland Province and 3 455 girls and 3 590 boys at Alaska and Rafingora youth friendly corners in Mashonaland West Province. In the same period FACT has conducted a total of 103 JIC runs reaching to 1 703 girls and 2 006 boys in and out of school in Mutare rural (Manicaland Province) and 1 347 girls and 1 781 boys in Makonde and Zvimba districts (Mashonaland West Province).
Some critical achievements attained till December 2014 are as follows:
HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) at mobile outreaches after JIC runs: 32% girls and 32.4% boys in Manicaland Province and 63% girls and 52.1% boys in Mashonaland West Province.
The HTC uptake by young people at Marange hospital stood at 15.8% for females and 11.9% for males whereas in Alaska and Rafingora clinics the HTC uptake was 16.3% for females and 13.8% for males.
- 3 support groups for adolescents living with HIV were established in the two provinces.
- An average of 47.65 % immediate knowledge increase after a JIC run was achieved and this was measured through pre and post tests.
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Funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) since 2011, FACT has been implementing the Employee Wellness Programme in Manicaland and Mashonaland West Provinces. The title of the programme is ”Strengthening HIV prevention among employees in Manicaland & Mashonaland West Provinces.” The goal of the programme is to see employees of selected organisations/companies in project intervention areas in Manicaland and Mashonaland West Provinces adopting preventive behaviours including the use of relevant health services. The specific objectives of the programme are to:
- Encourage access to and utilisation of Integrated Sexual Reproductive Health and other health related services by employees at the workplaces
- Promote dissemination of information on prevention, treatment and management of communicable and non communicable diseases.
The employee wellness programme is being implemented inChimanimani, Chipinge, Nyanga, Chinhoyi and Kariba districts targeting employees from the following companies:
- Tanganda Tea Company
- The Wattle Company
- Southdown Holdings
- Border Timbers Limited
- Pan African Mines
- Padenga Holdings
- Lake Harvest
To date, a total of 21 914 employees from the seven companies have been exposed to several employee wellness sessions which cover current information on HIV prevention; management and treatment of diseases such as tuberculosis, hypertension and malaria and management of non communicable diseases like cancer and diabetes. 7 289 employees were reached with HIV Testing and Counselling Services through mobile clinics and 2 187 employees accessed other health related services including tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections screening and treatment, voluntary medical male circumcision, cervical cancer screening, family planning and malaria treatment.
Since the inception of the programme two crucial achievements have been noted namely:
- Strong management buy-in for the employee wellness programme resulting in positive health seeking behaviour among employees on Sexual Reproductive Health, communicable and non communicable diseases.
- Positive commitment by companies through reviewing and adoption of HIV and Wellness Policies
Since March 2014, FACT has been implementing a project entitled: “Migration Health Corridor Project: Prevention, Treatment, Care and Adherence Support for Mobile Populations Project” supported by USAID, Medicines Science for Health (MSH) & Hospice and Palliative care Association of Zimbabwe (HOSPAZ).The goal of the project is to reduce the vulnerability and risks of the migrant populations and communities affected by migration to HIV infection, and provide comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support services to them, their families and communities. The achievement of the project goal rests on the accomplishment of the following three specific objectives:
- Strengthening capacity of community based organisations and health professionals in Mutare urban and Chimanimani districts to provide comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and adherence support services to migrants and communities affected by migration.
- Promoting healthy behaviors pertaining to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and reduction of transmission of HIV among migrant populations and communities affected by migration in Mutare urban and Chimanimani districts.
- Strengthen local referral systems with health facilities to improve access to and uptake of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services among migrants and communities affected by migration in Mutare urban and Chimanimani districts.
The migration health corridor project is being implemented in Mutare urban and Chimanimani’s four wards namely 3, 5, 8 & 20. It is targeting the most at risk populations (MARPs) like sex workers, long distance truck drivers, cross border traders and communities affected by migration. A total of 1 000 general community members, 260 most at risk populations and 75 households have been reached with Internal Savings And Lending. More so, 519 people living with HIV were reached with HIV-related information.