Zimbabwe

© Nell Freeman for Frontline AIDS

We’re on the frontline of sexual and reproductive health and rights services in Zimbabwe, working to protect young women and other marginalised groups from HIV.

The main cause of HIV transmission in Zimbabwe is unprotected heterosexual sex, which disproportionately affects young women because of issues such as gender-based violence. And with sex work and homosexual acts both illegal, it is very challenging for sex workers and men who have sex with men (MSM) to access vital HIV services.

We’re working here to overcome these barriers and improve access to basic sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 1.3 million people in Zimbabwe are living with HIV, making it the sixth largest population in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • There has been a 60% decrease in AIDS-related deaths since 2010.
  • 31% of MSM are living with HIV.

OUR PARTNER 

Family Aids Care Trust (FACT)

We work with FACT to help them deliver HIV and AIDS prevention and care services, while championing the rights of women.

Established in 1987, FACT is a Christian national development non-governmental organisation and was Zimbabwe’s first AIDS service organisation. Today, it works in partnership with communities to deliver a range of initiatives designed to improve livelihoods, SRHR services, HIV and AIDS prevention and care. It also supports other health activities that complement government welfare work.

FACT’s HIV work targets several priority groups, including young women, disabled people and children, helping them exercise their right to access treatment and support. They are an important champion against gender-based violence and other harmful cultural and religious practices that contribute to the transmission of HIV.

OUR IMPACT IN ZIMBABWE

In 2018 FACT reached:

  • 144,006 people with targeted HIV prevention activities, with over half of those being people under the age of 24.
  • 32,479 people with TB services.
  • 5,125 people with stigma and discrimination activities.

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