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World AIDS Day 2019 - Communities Making the Difference

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Communities make the difference".

The commemoration of World AIDS Day, which will take place on 1 December 2019, is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.

Communities contribute to the AIDS response in different ways

Their leadership and advocacy ensure that the response remains relevant and grounded, keeping people at the centre and leaving no one behind. Communities include peer educators, networks of people living with or affected by HIV, such as gay men and other men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers, women and young people, counsellors, community health workers, door-to-door service providers, civil society organizations and grass-roots activists.

World AIDS Day - an important platform

World AIDS Day offers an important platform to highlight the role of communities at a time when reduced funding and a shrinking space for civil society are putting the sustainability of services and advocacy efforts in jeopardy. Greater mobilization of communities is urgently required to address the barriers that stop communities delivering services, including restrictions on registration and an absence of social contracting modalities. The strong advocacy role played by communities is needed more than ever to ensure that AIDS remains on the political agenda, that human rights are respected and that decision-makers and implementers are held accountable.

HIV and Health Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe

Civil society and community responses to HIV are essential to ending the AIDS epidemic. Communities support health systems and reach those most vulnerable to HIV where public health facilities are not easily able to. The evolution of the HIV epidemic is changing the landscape of HIV the response. CSOs have an important role to play in ending AIDS. They are operating in a changing landscape and need to find ways to remain relevant and to participate more effectively in the response.

Health and HIV CSO Charter

In light of the changes in the HIV and AIDS epidemic that have resulted to shifts in the response to the epidemic at national, regional and global level, the Zimbabwe Civil Society Organizations, convened, developed and adopted the CSO Charter based on consultations within the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other Stakeholders engaged in HIV and AIDS. Read more...

Recognising the critical role of CSOs in health service delivery and health policy formulation and implementation, there is a need for a more organised and structured process for CSOs to engage in addressing public health challenges and to adapt to the highly dynamic health sector.

The Zimbabwe CSO Charter was validated in March 2019 and supports building capacity for policy development, leadership, effective and responsive programming. It is a common response towards addressing the implications of the changing HIV and AIDS epidemic and corresponding challenges facing CSOs in the national response, as well as the urgent need to redefine the focus of CSOs in the health sector and providing them an opportunity to take up emerging community health needs as well as to adapt to new approaches and shifts in funding priorities and mechanisms.

CSO Engagement and Accountability Frameworks

The CSO Engagement and Accountability Framework outlines the approach and modalities for effective engagement and collaborative partnership engagement between Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders. Effective engagement and collaborative partnerships will maximise the impact of health policies and programmes while enhancing aid effectiveness in the health sector in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Civil Society Organisations Database

Launch World Aids Day - 1 December 2019

Being launched on World AIDS Day 2019 the CSO Database was produced as part of the CSO Strategic Action Plan. This database and website is a hub of registered and validated community based organization (CBO) and civil society organisations responding to HIV & AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in Zimbabwe.

The HIV & AIDS, SRH and Health CSOs database can be searched geographically and mapped using GSI coordinates, making it possible to identify CBOs and CSOs working in specific provinces, together with their expertise and the services they can provide. This will help to improve coordination and collaboration between CSOs, communities and with partners.

UNDP HIV Partnerships Results

UNDP in partnership with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), communities, the Global Fund and other partners supports and strengthens systems for health, including national responses to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. This partnership has saved millions of lives including:

1.4 million people currently on HIV treatment (2018)

Source: UNDP

51 million people received HIV counselling and testing (2018)

Source: UNDP

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