FACT Zimbabwe Launches Strategic Plan 2024-2026

By Michael Gwarisa

In a bid to safeguard sustainable livelihoods, promote health and well-being and capacity building for vulnerable children and communities, the Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT) Zimbabwe has launched the 2024-2026 Strategic plan.

The strategic plan will be guided by four key strategic pillars namely, the Safeguarding and Sustainable Livelihood Pillar, Health and Wellbeing Pillar, Organisational Efficiency and Effectiveness Pillar and the Strategic Information and Research Pillar.

Officiating at the launch, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Manicaland Province Honorable Misheck Mugadza said the FACT Strategy fits perfectly into government’s National Development Strategy (NDS1).

The FACT Zimbabwe Strategy contributes to the NDS1 Pillar on Health and Wellbeing Pillar and various other cross-cutting issues around youth, disability inclusion, care and protection of vulnerable groups, and climate resilience, among others. Health is a fundamental human right according to the Constitution of Zimbabwe,” said Minister Mugadza.

The NDS1 is Zimbabwe’s first five-year Medium Term Plan aimed at realising the country’s Vision 2030, while simultaneously addressing the global aspirations of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda 2063. I am delighted to say that FACT Zimbabwe’s Strategy is firmly anchored in this national development framework and other appropriate global and national documents such as the Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP IV), the UNAIDS Global AIDS Strategy, and PEPFAR 5×3 Strategy.

Honourable Mugadza added that the overall outcome of the health sector during the NDS1 period is to improve the quality of life and life expectancy at birth from the current 61 years to 65 years.

“Although overall health sector funding has been increasing from 2014 – 2019, driven mainly by increases in domestic financing, several key health programmes are still largely being funded by development partners. The resource mapping exercise has shown that since 2014, domestic funding has contributed about 55%, with the remaining 45% contributed by Development Assistance for Health (DAH). The focus of the NDS1 is to increase Public Health Expenditure Per Capita from USD$30.29 in 2020 to USD$86 by 2025.”

He further commended FACT Zimbabwe’s collaboration and engagement with key line ministries and government departments, including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Ministry of Women Affairs, and National AIDS Council, Department of Social Development. The team also consulted various development partners, community leadership and the recipients of care for the various projects they are implementing. Such an inclusive process has resulted in a comprehensive and well-grounded Strategy that has the buy-in of all stakeholders.

Key Priority Areas for the Pillar in the New Strategy include Vulnerable Children and communities affected by HIV and social and structural factors, Youth Development, Gender-based Violence Prevention and Response, Stakeholder Engagement/Public Private Partnerships, Safeguarding, Adaptation to Emergencies and Disasters and, Sustainable Livelihoods/ Climate Resiliency.

FACT Zimbabwe Executive Director, Mrs Getrude Shumba said the multi-pronged approach being taken by the new strategy was key to ending AIDS in Zimbabwe.

“From implementation experience, FACT and the other stakeholders have realised that whilst HIV was still at the centre of all the interventions, it was also important to understand and address the other underlying causes positively and aggressively with the shift being towards active community engagement and livelihoods programming,” said Mrs Shumba.

She added that the five pillars will also be instrumental in ensuring the objectives of the plan are met within the set period.

“Based on the ZNASP IV 2021-2025 strategic orientation, the HWB Pillar seeks to reduce HIV risk among vulnerable groups which include women, men, youths, the disabled and children and empower these groups to claim their right to access a critical continuum of services. Organisational Efficiency and Effectiveness is the service centre of the organisation. Over the next three years, FACT Zimbabwe will work to maximise organisational efficiency and effectiveness to produce quality results and achieve its strategic ambitions.”

Meanwhile, the Strategic Information and Research (SIR) department is the hub of knowledge management within FACT and provides a technical support function to all data-driven, research and ICT solutions for the organisation. Moreso, efforts to safeguard beneficiaries and staff are complemented by policies, models and interventions of empowerment that include HIV and violence prevention, care and support, education support, child safeguarding and protection and economic strengthening for vulnerable children, adolescent girls and young women, their families and communities.

During the strategy period, FACT will be working towards contributing directly to five SDGs (1, 2, 3, 5 and 10) and indirectly to four SDGs (6, 8, 13 and 17).

 

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