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Stepping Up For The Girl Child By Ending Child Marriages

Every young man feels the urge to protect and guard their sisters jealously.A sense of anger towards the insatiable, inconsiderate older men who prey on younger girls is unavoidable. My name is Tanaka Junior Gandawa. I am a lower sixth student at Double Portion college and l salute UNICEF and its implementing partners (SAfAIDS, Save the Children, Padare, TAG A LIFE and many others) for their role in the fight to end child marriages. As a responsible young man, l am wholeheartedly committed to this cause.

Stakeholders in Zambia hail the SAfAIDS Rock Leadership 90 model

LUSAKA, 27 October 2016 - SAfAIDS with support from UNAIDS RST ESA held a meeting with key stakeholder from Ministry of Health, UN family, AIDS Service Organisations,, media fraternity and civil society. The meeting was organised to disseminate the community mapping report that was done in Kafue District under the UNAIDS supported Rock Leadership 90 project that seeks to strengthen the community response towards the achievement of Fast Track targets for Ending AIDS; through capacitating community leadership to Champion the End of AIDS in Southern Africa. Mr Ngoni Chibukire, Regional Team Leader on Gender, Leadership and Human Rights articulated the model using a step by step approach which was hailed by participants as a model that will increase uptake of HTS and will work towards ending AIDS by 2030 if its scale up in all provinces of Zambia.

Her Royal Highness Chieftainess Chiawa leading the way for the SAfAIDS Rock Leaders 90 programme in Kafue District, Zambia

KAFUE, 26 October 2016 - Chieftainess HRH Chiawa of Kafue District in Zambia has gone against the odds by committing  her team of 39 headmen to embrace the SAfAIDS rock leadership programme that seeks to strengthen the capacity of community leadership to champion and lead HIV community responses to achieve the UNAIDS fast track targets by 2020 and end AIDS by 2030.

Village-to-village outreach strengthens Demand for HIV testing

Seke Rural Home Based Care, with support from SAfAIDS, conducted a Village-to-Village (V2V) Demand Creation Community Dialogue on the 18th of October 2016, at Nyakurwi Primary School in Marondera rural district, which reached 136 people, including five traditional leaders, Chief Svosve’s representative and the Ward Councillor.

Infamous beer halls in Norton scooping all: Young people, men and women

The community gathered at Ndaiziva Community Development Trust


SAfAIDS partner, Ndaiziva Community Development Trust, organised an intergenerational dialogue in Norton, facilitated by SAfAIDS, and attended by stakeholders including the police victim friendly unit, the hospital, local schools, village health workers, behaviour change facilitators, the National AIDS council, community leaders, Norton councillors, church leaders and parents.The dialogue aimed to address the negative views and practices towards women and girls that fuel gender-based violence and enhance the capacity of men, women and young people to champion positive gender patterns and practices and reduce HIV and GBV.Norton is a multi-cultural society with citizens of Malawian, Zambian and Zimbabwean descent and an estimated population of 80–100,000 people.

Commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child, 10 October 2016

SAfAIDS media desk, 11 October 2016 (SAfAIDS) - The Government of Zimbabwe joined the world in the commemoration of the International Day of the girl child. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Goals Progress = Girls’ progress”. SAfAIDS, as one of the stakeholders, took part in the commemoration which was held at the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development. Girl representatives from Herentials College and Trust Academy gathered to be addressed by the Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development Nyasha E Chikwinya and her deputy,Abigal Damasani.  The purpose of the commemoration was to reaffirm national commitment to realising the potential of the girl child.

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