As part of the PITCH programme in Zimbabwe, SAfAIDS will contribute towards prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and HIV amongst adolescent girls and young women, and among female sex workers, through reducing their risks and vulnerabilities and promoting gender equality practices.

Project details

Time frame
01 October 2016 - 31 December 2020
€ 528,300
Active in

Chivi district (Masvingo), Bubi district (Matabeleland)

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SAfAIDS contributes to the following outcomes:
S1.1: Increased understanding of SRHR and human rights among the general community, key decision makers and service providers towards KPs and AGYW.
S1.2: Improved awareness and understanding among the government, KPs and AGYW communities on legislation and the right to equal opportunities.
S4: Strong linkages and partnerships among key stakeholders with increased buy-in from partners on health and rights issues affecting KPs and AGYW.
M1: Capacitated CSO coalitions and networks are active, functional and all-inclusive, advocating for improved services, laws and policies for KPs and AGYW.
M3: Increased demand for health services and rights from the government by strengthened KPs and AGYW CSOs.

Community groups

Direct target group: 300 Adolescent girls and young women and 100 Sex Worker Action Group (SWAG) members
Indirect: communities and peers


PITCH seeks to strengthen the capacities of local civil society organisations to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, and uphold the human rights of key populations. Our work centres around key populations, adolescent girls and young women in nine countries in East, West and Southern Africa, South-East Asia, and Central Europe. These communities in many contexts carry the main HIV burden. At the same time, they are often neglected in the HIV response and face many barriers in accessing HIV and SRH services as well as human rights violations. PITCH addresses this urgent gap, and is reactive and responsive to local needs/urgencies that have been identified in its geographical foci.

With an estimated HIV prevalence of 15%, Zimbabwe is among the Southern African countries with the highest HIV prevalence rates. Women constitute over half (57%) of all adults living with HIV in Zimbabwe. The National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP) 2015-2017 outlines that the epidemic still remains feminized with women and girls bearing most of the burden and risks.

Zimbabwe has experienced various socio-economic challenges which have particularly affected key populations (KPs) and adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) who are at risk of HIV. There are key legal, policy and socio-cultural factors that affect access to services. The ZNASP III recognizes the urge to prioritise the needs of KPs and AGYW. The legal barriers to HIV prevention emerge from the illegal status of sex work, criminalisation of sex between people of the same sex, and the prohibition of condom promotion in school settings.


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