Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) and our consortium partners, Family Support Trust
(FST), Umzingwane AIDS Network (UAN), and FHI 360, will be implementing the new RISE program. (5year program from 1 October 2021- September 2026)
RISE Technical Approach: Our technical activities will disrupt the HIV causal pathway for AGYW by
addressing priority drivers of HIV risk in Matabeleland South, Midlands, and Mashonaland Central (Gweru, Mazowe, Beitbridge, Bulilima, Gwanda, Insiza, Matobo, Mangwe, and Bulawayo). Our technical approach will complement the country’s efforts to achieve sustainable reductions in new HIV infections among AGYW, a key approach in achieving HIV epidemic control.
Our methodology also involves the systematic transfer of capacities to the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) and other stakeholders (including AGYW) to assume greater responsibility in managing Zimbabwe’s HIV response. Under the new program, we will link key program components that have been floundering (e.g., pre-exposure prophylaxis [PrEP], comprehensive post-gender-based violence [GBV] care, HIV testing services [HTS]) to both community- and facility-based SRNs. We will leverage UAN’s and FST’s partnerships, service providers, and experiences with proven HIV prevention models to link vulnerable, under-served AGYW (e.g., YWSS, out-of-school AGYW, and AGYW survivors of GBV) with RISE services.
Intermediate Result 1: Increased access of AGYW to high-impact HIV prevention services
and activities according to the DREAMS package
Intermediate Result 2: Strengthened capacity of families and communities to provide a
safe and supportive environment for AGYW
Intermediate Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, coordinating, monitoring, and
assuring the quality of programs for AGYW