The Youth Program is part of the comprehensive package in the national response to HIV and AIDS. The objective of the youth programme in the national response to HIV and AIDS is to offer HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and management services to young people in school, out of school and in tertiary institutions. The adolescence are an important group in the national response to HIV and AIDS as they are the window of hope in overcoming HIV and AIDS as they constitute 40% of the Zimbabwean population. The programme ensures meaningful participation of young people in HIV and AIDS programmes, condom programming and sexually transmitted infections management.
The youth programmes are coordinated through Young People’s Network on Sexual Reproductive Health HIV and AIDS program which is present in the country’s ten provinces and is being set up in all the country’s districts.
The Youth Programmes are guided by the Zimbabwe National AIDS Strategic Plan 2018-2020.
The Young People’s Network on Sexual Reproductive Health HIV and AIDS exhibited at the 2018 Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF), held from the 24th to the 28th of April 2018 under the theme “Stimulating Growth for Industrial Development”. This event gave YPNSRHHA the opportunity to reach to a huge number of young people, youth serving organizations as well as engaging adults with a comprehensive sexual reproductive health services and information through-out the five day event.
This year the Network together with NAC hosted, the First Lady of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Mrs Auxillia Mnangagwa and the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Parirenyatwa and several other delegates during the signing ceremony of the Bulawayo HIV- TB Declaration. There was also the handing over of Televisions that were procured by NAC to the city of Bulawayo for the use of enhancing Information Dissemination on HIV and AIDS in the city thus a step further towards closing the tap of new HIV Infections by 2020. The delegates were taken through the YPNSRHHA stand by the National Facilitator Nhlanhla Moyo whereby they explained the various stations and how young people are contributing in the national response to HIV and AIDS and also various challenges that they are facing.
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