Southern Africa is a sub-region area most affected by HIV and collectively, the SADC region containing over 1/3 of its population living with HIV infections.SADC member states with land boarder developed a project to cover the boarder. The project hypothesises that increase in cross border movement has accelerated risk of HIV infection to long distance truck drivers (LDTDs), commercial sex workers (CSWs), migrant population and young age working group. Funded by Global Fund (GF) through North Star Alliance, the project started in September 2012 and is expanding to 2016.
The goal of the project is to advance the coherence and effectiveness of the regional response to HIV and AIDS to the mobile populations in order to reduce HIV infections in the SADC region and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on mobile populations and affected communities across member states. Through this project , FACT runs clinics on borders.
The National Behaviour Change (NBC) program (Demand Generation) is a national program whose focus is on transformation of individual and group behaviour as a means to reduce new HIV incidences. Under the program people and communities are sensitized to promote responsible practices, communication, and behaviour change in sexual relationships. Currently, the NBC program is funded by UNFPA through the Integrated Support Program [Mutare, Mutasa and Nyanga Districts] and National AIDS Council (NAC) of Zimbabwe through the Global Fund-New Funding Model [Buhera, Chimanimani, Chipinge and Makoni Districts]. The NBC program aims to reduce new HIV transmissions through demand generation for HIV, Sexual Reproductive Health and GBV support services. In 2015, the NBC program continued to be implemented in all the seven districts covering 261 wards of Manicaland Province.
The Health and HIV Pillar aims to reduce the number of new infections in intervention sites. Through the Health and HIV initiatives, FACT empowers vulnerable groups such as women, youths, the disabled and children to claim their rights to access treatment, care and support. The pillar will also strengthen women and girls to challenge and reject gender based violence and other harmful cultural and religious practices which contribute to the spread of HIV. More so, the initiatives target the general population, capacitating them to mitigate the spread of HIV and promote sexual reproductive health. FACT’s commitment to a holistic approach to HIV informs its increasing support towards interventions that integrate livelihoods, food and nutrition security. The department also supports the work of the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) through offering a variety of health-related social services. FACT’s Health and HIV department works within the three national frameworks namely; The National Health Strategy [2013 – 2015], the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-Economic Transformation (ZIMASSET) [2013 – 2018) and the Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP III) [2015 – 2018].
To attain the general goal of both the department and the organization, the following units are providing support to Health and HIV directly to the various communities where FACT works;
• HIV Testing and Counselling services (New Start)
• ART Program
• Youth Interventions
• Church Communities Programs
• HIV Care and Support to OVC and PLWHIV
• Mobile Populations Road-Wellness Clinic.
• Women’s Rights Interventions. Strategic Goal
Strengthen capacity of communities to respond and cope with HIV, infectious and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), gender based violence (GBV) and other health related issues through delivery of integrated services.
To improve uptake of SRH, HTS and GBV services and products by young people (sex disaggregated) aged 10-24 by 30% by 2018.
2016 - 2018
To increase number of males (10-49 years) by 60% taking up prevention services by 2018.
To increase the uptake of SRH, HTS and GBV services by key populations (sex and KP disaggregated) 25% by 2018.
To increase the number of women & girls participation in leadership and decision making processes at local level by 40% by 2018.
To improve uptake of SRH, HTS and GBV services by 15% of women by 2018