Zvandiri Initiative Revives Hope In HIV+ Adolescents

HUMAN beings desire love, friendship and family, without these crucial elements, humanity ceases to make sense.   By Kudakwashe Pembere Recently in Banket Regardless of age, people living with HIV have to face serious stigma and discrimination in the societies they live in on daily basis. The situation becomes worse in young adolescent boys and girls who at times default on their medicines due to fear of being labelled by friends or schoolmates. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care Estimates (2015) in Zimbabwe, the estimated total number…

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Why is treatment adherence difficult for young people?

“When I found out I was HIV positive, I felt lonely and angry,” said Ntsiki, 22, from Swaziland. “I just needed someone to help me, to give me advice and counselling, to explain to me how I am going to take my treatment; at the right time, the right way, consistently.” BY JENNY BERG Ntsiki is now a Community Adolescent Treatment Supporter (CATS) providing peer-to-peer information, counselling and support to adolescents and young people living with HIV. I met her during a recent visit to Swaziland while producing a film…

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USAID Avails US$20 Mln To Africaid To Scale Up Zvandiri Model

By Michael Gwarisa THE U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) has availed a US$20 million grant towards HIV treatment, care, and support services for youths in particular those living with HIV. The grant is being awarded to a Zimbabwean private voluntary organization, Africaid who are spearheading the Zvandiri model which is targeted at young people who were born HIV positive. Speaking during the signing ceremony, USAID/Zimbabwe Mission Director Stephanie Funk said “USAID is proud to partner with Africaid to help Zimbabwean children and adolescents live longer, healthier lives. The United…

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