The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) on Thursday began the training of trainers within Zimbabwe’s religious space on a toolkit for male engagement in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS and Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
By HealthTimes Reporter
Since 2019, UNAIDS has been engaging faith based organisations within Zimbabwe with much of the thrust being the involvement of African Traditional Religion, Islam, and Christianity leaders in the combat against GBV, CSE, and HIV.
In her remarks during the two day workshop which ended on Friday, UNAIDS Zimbabwe Country Director Mrs Sophia Mukasa Monico said the toolkit provided key messages on SRHR, HIV, GBV, CSE and reference for your use in their constituencies.
“Since 2019, the UNAIDS country office in Zimbabwe in collaboration with the UN family and support from NAC, MOHCC and civil society partners have been building capacity for Interfaith Network leadership and middle management on male engagement for HIV, SRHR and GBV as well as comprehensive sexuality education.
“The need for a manual arose when the FBO network members noted that while there have been numerous varied materials on the subject areas HIV, SRHR, GBV and male engagement existing materials lacked specificity. The network therefore requested for a toolkit that would provide relevant information, key messages and reference documents for their use and that of their members,” she said.
She added, “This training will enhance capacity of Interfaith Network Institutions to programme for male engagement and accelerating the uptake and participation by men and boys in HIV, SRHR and GBV programmes and services. It explores approaches and modalities to reach men and boys in church and religious settings with HIV, SRHR, GBV and life-skills information.”
Religious leaders applauded UNAIDS for coming up with the toolkit saying it was about time males stopped seeking health services when seriously ill.