Press release

Press release: 2011/2012 World AIDS Campaign Preparations
                          Call For Participation
National AIDS Council Zimbabwe
12 October 2011
HARARE, 12 October, 2011. The National AIDS Council (NAC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCW) are organising the commemoration of the World AIDS Day on the 1st of December 2011 in Manicaland Province, Sakubva Stadium and the 2011/12 World AIDS Campaign.
This year’s World AIDS Campaign theme is Getting to Zero. The 2011/12 campaign message is Leaders Make Universal Access A Reality.
We are therefore calling for all AIDS Service Organizations, the private, civic and public sector to participate during the World AIDS Campaign preparations.
For more information and enquiries contact NAC secretariat at national and provincial level.
For national level participation please contact the following;
NAC Communication Director Ms Medelina Dube
Tel: 0772 415 138 or (04) 791171/2/8
NAC Advocacy Coordinator Mr T Govere
Tel: 0772 707 032 or (04) 791171/2/8
Email: or
For Provincial Level participation contact the following




Press Release: Zimbabwe launches 1st national scale cash grant programme for children and families
UNICEF Zimbabwe
27 September 2011


National child and social protection mechanisms revitalised…


HARARE, 27 September, 2011 – In a collective move to address the unmet basic and social needs of orphans and other vulnerable children, the Inclusive Government of Zimbabwe, the International Donor Community comprising the Governments of Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, the European Commission and UNICEF, today, unveiled a massive social protection response mechanism for Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable children.


The National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable Children Phase II, 2011-2015, implemented with support from the Child Protection Fund, integrates action to help families cope with risks and shocks through three main interventions: a) cash transfers to the poorest families; b) education assistance through the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM) and c) child protection service delivery for children survivors of abuse, violence and exploitation.  US$ 45 million of the needed US$75 million for the Child Protection Fund for the next three years has been mobilised from donors. There remains a gap, however, which is required to ensure full national coverage of this prorgamme.


The National Action Plan II, led by the Ministry of Labour and Social Services, aims to reach more than 80,000 households.  Furthermore, with the support from NGOs, at least 25,000 children will benefit from access to quality child protection services. Child headed households; grandparent headed households; households with large numbers of dependents and those with chronically ill or persons living with disabilities will be cushioned with social cash transfers of up to US$25 per month, per household, to enable families to meet immediate needs for food and health care.


“Protecting children from poverty, harm and abuse begins with reducing their vulnerabilities; cash transfers are one of the critical components that will contribute to the realisation of children’s rights. This shows the inclusive Government’s strong commitment to addressing equity and reaching the most vulnerable” said UNICEF Representative, Dr. Peter Salama. “The National Action Plan II will ensure that children have equitable access to a range of services, regardless of where they live or the factors which cause their vulnerability.”


HIV is a significant contributor to household poverty and thus, child vulnerability in Zimbabwe, resulting in children lacking access to adequate basic social services and being increasingly exposed to violence, abuse and exploitation. There are over one million orphans in Zimbabwe and only 527,000 of these currently have access to external support. Traditional family and community mechanisms to support orphans have been under considerable financial strain resulting in more children facing difficulties accessing health care, education and other basic amenities.


“This unprecedented social protection mechanism shows how, as the Government of Zimbabwe, we continue to devise meaningful and innovative ways to increase support to orphans and vulnerable children,” said Vice President, Honourable Joice Mujuru. “Through this innovation we are reinforcing and strengthening the traditional role of families and communities in promoting and protecting the wellbeing of children.”


The revised NAP II (2011-2015) builds on the success and lessons of the National Action Plan (NAP I) for OVC, which was launched in 2005 and received funding through the Programme of Support. Under this multi donor pooled fund, US$85million was used to respond to the needs of more than 500 000 children in the areas of education, health, nutrition and social welfare, as well as  strengthening the capacity of government to build safety nets for children and their families.


“I have long argued that social protection should be a priority for the Government of Zimbabwe and that it should remain so in the coming fiscal years” said the Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.  “I am pleased to note that we are on the road to ensuring that Zimbabwe’s children, especially the most vulnerable, will benefit from these critical services”.
Building on this success, the Department of Social Services consulted widely with children and families to develop the NAP II with the vision that all children in Zimbabwe live in a safe, secure and supportive environment that is conducive for their growth and development. These critical social protection measures to benefit vulnerable children include making sure that cash is complemented by access to basic social services including health and education, as well as social welfare services and access to justice.


“Combined investment in rebuilding the social services sector remains critical in Zimbabwe,” said Dave Fish, Head of DFID Zimbabwe, speaking on behalf of the European Commission and the Governments of Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. “I am particularly pleased that as donors we are able to harmonise our resources and align behind a Government of Zimbabwe policy, the NAP II for OVC. Through this collaboration there is opportunity to strengthen social sectors, critical for the full realisation of all children’s rights.”


The roll out of cash transfers will commence end of November 2011 in the 10 poorest districts in each of the country’s 10 provinces.


Event: SAfAIDS Regional Summit- Turning the Tide on Gender- based Violence, HIV and Culture in Southern Africa
Rainbow Towers, Harare, Zimbabwe
Beatrice Tonhodzayi, Zimbabwe
1 – 3 November, 2011


In April 2010, SAfAIDS, together with collaborating partners hosted a unique and highly successful conference under its ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ programme. The two-day conference provided a platform for over 150 participants from Africa and beyond to interrogate the linkages between culture, gender-based violence, women’s rights and HIV.


This year, SAfAIDS is pleased to announce that it will host a second ‘Changing the River’s Flow’ event, a Summit which will be held under the theme ‘Sexual and Reproductive Health and Cultural Practices: A Linking, Learning and Sharing Platform for Interrogating HIV, Gender-based Violence and Maternal and Child Health Interventions in Southern Africa’


Summit thematic focus


The Summit will provide a platform for participants to learn and share evidence on successful models, strategies and approaches for innovating and integrating HIV prevention, gender and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions in southern African communities.  Presentations will focus on the following key thematic areas:
a.      Leadership, HIV prevention and culture.
b.      Eliminating paediatric HIV and improving maternal and child health.
c.      Sexual and reproductive health, HIV and gender- based violence.
d.      Testing and treatment as an HIV prevention strategy.
e.      Monitoring, evaluation, reporting and accountability tracking.


Who will attend?


High level speakers and experts in HIV combination prevention, gender, MCH and SRH will be invited to present at this important summit. About 120 delegates are expected to participate including delegates from the north, so as to cross learn and exchange ideas.
Delegates comprise of researchers, community workers, programme implementers, governments, traditional leaders, NGO representatives, development agencies, policy makers, media and donor organisations.
The Summit will consist of plenary sessions addressing major topics, theme-based breakaway sessions, video viewing sessions, exhibitions and a marketplace where various items will be on sale.


Call for Abstracts
SAfAIDS is calling for abstracts on cutting edge and innovative programmes and interventions focusing on addressing HIV, GBV and SRHR including MCH issues while taking into account specific cultural contexts. We are particularly interested in unique research findings since the summit will be a platform to disseminate findings and provide participants with relevant information to make sound decisions that will inform future HIV, GBV and SRHR interventions by various stakeholders.


Call for Posters and Videos
•       To present a video at the conference, please send us a write-up, maximum 300 words describing the video, its length, and the subject/issues that it covers.
•       To present a poster, please scan and send to us an electronic copy of the poster you wish to present on.

Submit Your Abstract Now!


Important dates to remember


Call for abstracts open- September 6, 2011


Abstract submission deadline for oral, poster and video presentations-October 7, 2011


Abstract confirmations- October 11, 2011


Papers/presentations to be received     October 18, 2011


Abstract Submission


SAfAIDS has set up an Abstract Review Committee, which will assess all submissions. The Committee reserves the right to accept, reject and allocate abstracts for inclusion in the final programme of the Summit. Acceptability depends on quality, originality, relevance and applicability, clarity of writing and presentation. Submissions should be marked “For the Attention of the Regional Summit Review Committee” and should be submitted to SAfAIDS on or before the October 7, 2011. Accepted papers should be sent to SAfAIDS by October 18, 2011, for presentation at the Summit to be held from 1-3 November 2011 in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Length of Abstract


The abstract should have at most 300 words briefly outlining; the title, programme background information, interventions, successes/challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations. For research the abstract should include; the research title, background information, research methodologies, findings and recommendations. An author can submit up to three oral presentation abstracts.


Contact details: Please submit your abstract not later than October 7, 2011 to the following email address:
Telephone: +27-12-3610889, Fax: +27-12-3610899




Zimbabwe National HIV and AIDS Conference
National AIDS Council
1 September 2011


The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the National AIDS Council, in collaboration with the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and other key partners, are going to hold a National HIV and AIDS Conference from 5th – 9th September 2011 at Celebration Centre in Harare under the theme “Eliminate New HIV Infections in Children, Keep Mothers Alive”. The conference will give Zimbabwe the opportunity to reflect on progress made so far in the national response to HIV and AIDS.


Zimbabwe has managed to reduce HIV and AIDS prevalence from as high as 26.5% in 1997 to 14.3% in 2009 amongst adults aged 15-49 years. This remarkable decline in prevalence comes against a background of high-level commitment and leadership by the Government of Zimbabwe coupled by successful multi-stakeholder involvement in the national response to HIV and AIDS.


Although a lot of progress has been made in this area, Zimbabwe still has a high burden of HIV infections among children at a time when there is increasing evidence that mother-to-child transmission of HIV (MTCT) can be virtually eliminated. Zimbabwe committed itself to tackling the MTCT crisis at the 2011 United Nations High level Meeting on AIDS, where a Global Plan to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive was launched.


The Government of Zimbabwe fully endorsed this global commitment, which seeks leadership, shared responsibility and action by all stakeholders at community, national, regional and global levels to make an AIDS-free generation a reality. It is against this background that MOHCW, NAC, EGPAF and other key partners plan to hold a National HIV and AIDS Conference.


The conference will comprise a technical or scientific component, a community village and an exhibition park. The technical component will be structured around the four prongs of PMTCT (Prong 1 – primary prevention; Prong 2 – prevention of unintended pregnancies; Prong 3 – prevention of vertical transmission; and Prong 4 – assuring linkages to care, treatment and follow up).


Each of the PMTCT four prongs will form a specific sub-theme for each day of the conference. Plenary sessions will be held every morning followed by satellite sessions in the afternoon. The plenary and satellite sessions will include keynote speakers and selected oral abstract presentations.


To register, participate or exhibit at the conference call (263) 772 415 300

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