Zimbabwe is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa most affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Although new infection rates and AIDS-related mortality rates are declining, there are areas of high HIV transmission which include border districts, areas of increased populations (growth points, peri-urban settlement), small-scale mining areas and commercial farming settlements.
AHF Zimbabwe is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care in establishing Centers of Excellence (COE’s). The main purpose of COE’s is to provide quality and affordable health services to People Living with HIV&AIDS (PLWHA) with complex medical conditions who are referred from across the country. The COE’s are therefore established at the central and or referral hospitals in the country. Initially, the Organization supported two Centres or Sites namely; Parirenyatwa Centre of Excellence (in Harare) and Mpilo Centre of Excellence (in Bulawayo). In 2018, the Organization commenced support for Mutare Provincial Hospital OI/ART Clinic and converting it to a COE. Each of the 3 COE’s is headed by AHF seconded Medical Directors who ensures the provision of cutting edge medicine at these Centres.
AHF has a commitment to sustainability and therefore works closely with the national government in program implementation in order to align with national HIV strategic plans and strengthening existing public HIV services. In addition to the COEs, from the year 2019 AHF also started supporting Primary Care facilities in Harare (Glen View and Mabvuku Polyclinics) and Bulawayo (Mzilikazi Clinic) as a way of providing care to more people within the catchment area of the two cities. The 2020 additional sites include Gweru Provincial Hospital OI Clinic (in Midlands), Harare Hospital OI Clinic, Parirenyatwa Satellite OI Clinic, and Chikurubi Maximum Prison Hospital OI Clinic (all in Harare), Sakubva Health Centre (in Manicaland) and Cowdray Park Clinic (in Bulawayo). As at the end of December 2019 the fully supported sites had a patient population of over 30,000 and by the end of 2020 with the adoption of the additional sites this patient population will rise to over 45,000.
In full-filling its mandate, the organization also works in partnership with other government structures such as the National AIDS Council (NAC) and other implementing non-governmental organizations.
AHF Zimbabwe has robust HIV prevention strategies that includes supporting HIV testing (at sites and outreaches), condom distribution (AHF brands: ICON Gold and Love male condoms), promotion of key health events and days (e.g. World AIDS Day, International Condom Day) and establishment of Youth Centers located in the COEs which are hubs of service provision and education to youths especially the Girl child on Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights and HIV&AIDS issues. In addition, AHF implements Style Up program aimed at reaching out to the young people (10-24) with primary prevention programs.
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 1.5 million people in 45 countries; Africa, North and South America, Asia and Europe. We are currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.
AHF funds its mission to rid the world of AIDS through a network of pharmacies, thrift stores, healthcare contracts and other strategic partnerships. Generating new, innovative ways of treatment, prevention and advocacy has been the hallmark of our success. We are currently leading a mass testing initiative to identify and treat the 25 million people who are unaware they are infected.
By advocating big goals–such as having 1 billion people tested each year–AHF hopes to eliminate older, more time-consuming methods. Since 1987, AHF has cared for thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide. As we create and implement new programs in communities across the U.S. and abroad, we expand delivery of healthcare and influence over policy with the aim of saving more lives.