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In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and local in-country partners, I-TECH is working to strengthen the national health system and increase the number of people that are tested for HIV, linked to prevention and care services, and started on antiretroviral therapy in Zimbabwe. The MoHCC is seeking to expand intensified care and treatment; strengthen laboratory and diagnostic testing; support locally based clinicians to deliver safe, voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC); and provide other health outreach services to prevent HIV and AIDS.
With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), I-TECH collaborates with the MoHCC and other health partners to strengthen Zimbabwe’s national health system and support ownership and sustainability. I-TECH works in Zimbabwe through the partnership of the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences Clinical Trials Unit (UZCHS-CTU). The UZCHS-CTU functions as I-TECH’s administrative home.
Key to I-TECH’s approach is differentiated care, which are models of care that are tailored to client needs. I-TECH’s collaboration with the MoHCC is focused on a range of context-appropriate health interventions to improve access to—and quality of—HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services through site-specific interventions and community outreach.