The Global Fund: enhancing possibilities for people living with HIV in Zimbabwe

Ignatius Gutsa
Zimbabwe currently faces a huge HIV and AIDS crisis. Over the course of the past decade, the country has experienced a severe economic downturn, resulting in acute shortage of drugs and equipment to fight HIV. To aid Zimbabwe's response, the country received a major boost at the beginning of 2010, with a five-year US$84 million grant from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund). This grant has gone a long way towards increasing access to HIV services and treatment. Read more 

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1 comment:

  1. "Access to nutritious food, health care and support are vital for the survival of people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. Apart from the debilitating effects of the disease, HIV and AIDS compromises a family’s ability to meet basic food needs and earn sufficient incomes. Stigma and discrimination often discourage people from accessing health care and support services. Children may also miss out on education as they drop out of school to care for sick parents or are required to work to contribute to the household. If parents die, older children then become the head of the family, caring for younger siblings, which leaves them little or no opportunity to return to school. In rural areas, services to help support children affected by HIV and AIDS are mostly unavailable.

    What is being done
    Plan is working with communities in two rural districts, Chipinge and Chiredzi located in drought-prone south eastern Zimbabwe. Our work aims to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children are supported and that child-headed households and other families affected by HIV and AIDS can maintain their livelihoods and have access to nutritious food. This is being done by providing home based care and support so that children can attend school, education on alternative ways of increasing basic nutrition and ensuring that rural communities can also access home-based support and services for people living with HIV and AIDS."