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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.

Program Highlights

Expanded HIV Care and Treatment in Zimbabwe
I-TECH works hand-in-hand with the MoHCC to strengthen quality, comprehensive HIV and TB services for children, adolescents and adults, in Zimbabwe, with the goal of HIV epidemic control. I-TECH supports integrated programming in 17 districts ...
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Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening in Zimbabwe
I-TECH began the expansion of cervical cancer screening for women living with HIV aged 25-49 in Zimbabwe in 2019. I-TECH initially identified a provisional list of 89 sites for the implementation of visual inspection with acetic acid and cerviography (VIAC). The team then recruited, trained, and deployed dedicated VIAC nurses ...
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Innovative Technology in Zimbabwe
I-TECH has enhanced learning for partners in Zimbabwe through use of technologies such as tablet-based data collection and self-study modules. Through the use of self-study courses, nurses and primary counselors work through case scenarios in either PMTCT Client Retention or HIV Testing Services for Children and Adolescents. WhatsApp messaging groups ...
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Scaling Up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in Zimbabwe
Since 2013, a coordinated effort aimed at integrating the VMMC approach has relied on several partners brought together by the ZAZIC Consortium, a collaboration that is represented by the Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH); the Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (ZiCHIRe), and UZ-UCSF (University of Zimbabwe and ...
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