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Driving Collaboration with Local Implementation Partners in Zimbabwe

I-TECH builds local ownership and sustainability through collaborations throughout Zimbabwe. Under the CDC and PEPFAR awards, I-TECH has formed and leads two consortia – ZAZIC and ZimPAAC.

  1. ZAZIC is a partnership between I-TECH and two local implementing partners—Zimbabwe Association of Church Related Hospitals (ZACH) and Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (ZiCHIRe) as well as University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences-Clinical Trials Research Center (UZCHS-CTRC). ZAZIC supports Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision services in 13 districts across the country.
  2. ZimPAAC (Zimbabwe Partnership to Accelerate AIDS Control) includes AFRICAID, Pangaea Zimbabwe AIDS Trust (PZAT) and UZCHS-CTRC as an implementing and administrative management partner to I-TECH in Zimbabwe. I-TECH’s collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (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.
    • ZimPAAC works in 372 facilities in 17 districts to provide HIV prevention services, testing, active case finding, and linkage to and retention in care and treatment.
    • ZimPAAC deploys more than 800 skilled health care workers (HCWs) and community health workers at health facilities in Zimbabwe to complement existing MoHCC staff. These ZimPAAC-deployed staff assist MoHCC staff in implementing interventions across the “three 95s”—HIV testing, linking to and retaining in treatment, including monitoring viral suppression.
    • Since 2013, over 12,000 HCW have been trained on HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support topics.
    • Since 2015, when program activities pivoted from HCW training to patient care, ZimPAAC has conducted HIV testing for more than 3.5 million individuals, and initiated over 180,000 clients on antiretroviral therapy.