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Projects in Zimbabwe

Projects in Zimbabwe

HIV/Aids is an enormous problem. Although the total number of those infected has reduced over the last decade from 26 to 15 %, and antiretroviral drugs are in principle available free of charge to all, the number of children and young people affected still remains very high. Those affected are at risk of social exclusion. Therefore they conceal their illness as long as possible – which once again makes prevention more difficult.

Living positively despite HIV/AIDS

In Zimbabwe there is hardly a family that is not affected by the AIDS pandemic. HIV-positive young people often not only suffer from the actual disease, but society also excludes them socially and economically. Out of desperation many leave their home country. Our partner organisation Million Memory Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) supports these young people with a training programme and psychosocial support.

More than sport: Football against HIV/AIDS

Although Zimbabwe is one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS in the world, it remains a taboo subject in society. Many young people do not know how to protect themselves from it or maintain AIDS treatment. Together with our local partner organisation, we are using the power of football to provide children and young people in risk situations with vital knowledge about HIV/AIDS and other health issues in a fun way. Sport empowers young people and helps to bring about sustainable changes in behaviour.

Sexual health and rights for young people from mining areas

The Zimbabwean mini-district of Bubi attracts people from all over the country. This has undoubtedly contributed to the rapid spread of HIV/Aids in Bubi, with one in five people already infected with HIV. However, those affected have hardly any access to medical help. Together with our local partner organisation BEKEZELA, we are working to prevent HIV/Aids and early pregnancies. Children and young people learn about their sexual rights and how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS and early pregnancies.
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Basic information

Simplified map of Zimbabwe

Size: 390 757 km² (9.5 times Switzerland)

Population: 13.1 million (1.5 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0.516 (rank 154 of 185 countries)

Distribution of income in %79.4 (0 = equal distribution / 100% = one person has everything)

Share of population from 0 to 24 years60.5% (Switzerland: 26.5%)

Homicide rate25 per 100 000 inhabitants (Switzerland: 0.6)

Focus of workHealth

Program Coordination

Hafid Derbal
Programme coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Desk Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
061 335 91 54 | hafid.derbal(at)terredeshommes.ch
Hafid DerbalProgramme coordination Zimbabwe and South Africa, Desk Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

061 335 91 54 | hafid.derbal(at)terredeshommes.ch

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