PITCH H&O Zimbabwe ZNNP+
PITCH H&O Zimbabwe ZNNP+
As part of the PITCH programme in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe National Network of People living with HIV (ZNNP+) and Zimbabwe Young Positives (ZY+) will focus on strengthening organisational capacity of ZY+ so they can grow to be the strong voice of young people living with HIV. Together, they will raise awareness on stigma human rights, monitor and respond to SRHR violations, establish a mobile hotline for young people living with HIV and hold advocacy engagement meetings with the Ministry of Health to bring issues of young people living with HIV to the table.
Beitbridge, Mutare, Gwanda, Victoria Falls, Buhera, Chipinge, Mutasa, national level
ZNNP+ and ZY+ contribute to the following ToC 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, KP and AGYW communities on legislation and the right to equal opportunities.
S3: Documented evidence (led by KPs and AGYW) available and utilised for advocacy by CSOs.
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.
M2: Existing accountability spaces including opportunities are fully utilised by KPs and AGYW CSOs to advocate for their health services and rights.
150 adolescents and young people living with HIV and the members of ZY+ will be reached directly through training and capacity strengthening.
Through awareness raising campaigns and the mobile hotline, ZNNP+ and ZY+ will reach many more adolescents and young people living with HIV and their communities.
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.