Hope Zimbabwe works to reduce the rate of transmission of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases targeting the entire community taking note of the different age groups and their needs. Hope encourages the community to organize themselves in a manner that makes it possible to discuss and fight HIV and other chronic illnesses that bring unrest to the people. Hope Zimbabwe encourages people to get tested for HIV, form support groups and trios and fight for survival through engaging in healthy living practices and viable economic practices. Hope reaches people in the home, at work and through community gatherings at church and for other community development meetings. Currently Hope Zimbabwe works within 2 projects, Hope Harare and Hope Bindura covering 2 urban and 3 rural districts which also include farm communities. Hope Zimbabwe reached 43 663 people through its various activities that are programmed within three thematic areas of Hope which are: (1) Health services, (2) Opinion forming and (3) Outreach activities.
Hope Zimbabwe has been in existence since 1998 when Hope Bindura was established in direct response to HIV and AIDS pandemic that was facing the country. Hope Harare was established in 2002 as a workplace program to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in Masasa Industrial area and Mabvuku/Tafara and it has expanded its services to work with commercial sex workers. Hope has expanded HIV related service provision to include information dissemination on malaria, sexual reproductive health and Tuberculosis.
Hope Zimbabwe reaches people through its various activities that are programmed within three thematic areas of Hope which are: Health services, Opinion forming ,Outreach activities.
Hope Harare was established in 2002 as a Workplace based program to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the Msasa Industrial area and Mabvuku/Tafara communities. To meet its Intended goals Hope Harare is engaged in different activities as training of workplace and community based peer educators, positive living advocates, formation of youths and community clubs, formation of support groups, health campaigns, Commercial Sex workers and the Out of school youth as Hope activists to do their part in HIV/AIDS information dissemination.
Hope Harare operates under three main lines: Health Services, Outreach Programs and Opinion Forming Activities.
Hope Harare works in support of the Ministry of Health, with the aim to contribute to achievement of the county’s 90 by 90 by 90 targets which is 90 percent of people should be tested for HIV, 90 percent of those tested HIV positive should be on treatment and 90 percent of those on treatment should adhere to treatment and suppress the viral load. It uses participatory approaches in its activities where activists in the community take the lead. Between January to June 2016 the project's outreach officers mobilised 25106 people for HIV Testing and Counseling while 26 000 condoms were distributed through 66 condom distribution points.
A total of 21 Community Home Based Care givers were trained and Hope activists were also sensitized on STIs and condom use.
Concerning youth, 266 were sensitized on STIs and condom use working in collaboration with Citizen Health Watch, an organisation also working Mabvuku.
Through networkin with Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), 34 Hope youths were trained on Entrepreneurship skills, and 20 young mothers were trained on life skills on Investment with the theme “On the Money”.
Hope staff and 20 Positive Living Advocates were trained on Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) by the Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development. The 20 PLA formed one ISAL group and have managed to pay school fees for their children.
the program works to encourage people to share, discuss and find way forward about HIV and AIDS in the community, thus working together with other partners and individuals in the area of operation. It operates within Tafara, Mabvuku, Chizhanje and Masasa Industrial area directly reaching 17 888 people
Hope Bindura project was established in 1998 as a direct response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic that was facing the country. The establishment of Hope in Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province was deliberate after considering the high HIV prevalence in 1998. The project has established Hope stations in centres in Nyava, Manhenga and Madziva in a bid to ensure that the people increase their access to HIV/AIDS information. Hope Bindura works in 12 wards of Bindura Urban, (10 Farms Pasango ,Darwmill ,Chanaka, KCC, Rapids, Stella ,Radco ,Matson, Avoca and Zvakwana), Ward 9 to 13 Manhenga, Ward 14 to 18 Nyava and Wards 3,5,6,7 and 10 of Shamva.
The project reached out to 25 875 people in Bindura and Shamva district. Hope Bindura winded-up its HIV testing and counselling (HTC) and support services as the tenure of the New Start and New Life came to an end at the end of 2015. Despite that drawback, Hope in 2016 still continued to refer people for testing to local health institutions and will support existing and new support groups
Hope Bindura mobilised and referred 14 993 for HTC services through campaigns organised by the outreach officers and Hope activists. To promote safer sex, the project distributed a total of 47 840 condoms through 115 condom outlets
People in positive living groups participated in lessons on nutrition, positive living, positive prevention, STI, ART and adherence. 175 youths were referred for sexual reproductive health services through the youth friendly corners, per educators and the Join in Circuit (JIC) runs.
To facilitate the accessibility and the convenience of condoms distribution Hope established and maintained a total of 115 condom outlets for different but targeted groups. The 975 activists assisted in mobilizing people and planning for activities in line with HIV/AIDS, community and home based care, sexual reproductive health, club formation and support groups. Activists represented include nurses, youth leaders, support group leaders, home based care givers, local leaders, peer educators social welfare and youth officers among others.
Hope activists and outreach officers and 142 Trios were formed to support and strengthen drug adherence among people living with HIV, TB and cancer.
30 youths from Manhenga, Rutope and Mupandira started training as brick and block layers through a partnership between Hope Bindura and Ponesai Vanhu Technical College. Training is conducted at the three business centers by one lecturer who visits the students twice a month during the theoretical aspect (3 months long) and students are attached for practical for another 3 months.
To promote access to and demand for SRH services, 15 youths were trained as JIC facilitators who educate other youth using the JIC set, a behaviour change tool. The JIC process takes participants through 7 stations which covers basic SRH information and encourages youths to seek services.
Hope Bindura challenged the community concerning child early marriages in Bindura District through various activities which include a mock wedding, anti-child marriage solidarity march, Junior Parliament debate, songS, drama and debate in the farms, mines, rural and urban communities of Bindura District. T-shirts and fliers were distributed during these events and more people were reached through social media. 1202 people directly participated in this initiative.
The community participated in 15 community dialogue sessions on the theme on ending child early and forced marriage covering 10 rural, urban, faming and mining areas. Participants were community leaders representing traditional, political, government department, business and non-governmental organisations. Causes and effects of child marriages were aired and decisions taken to denounce child marriages in their communities. Debates were fostered on social media and on radio.
Care givers and activists participated in project monthly meetings that were held in all the hope 5 stations with the idea of discussing achievements, challenges and mapping the way forward. Up-to-date information on HIV, GBV, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Child marriages, STI and cancer was shared during these meetings.