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Policy Documents for Zimbabwe

Policy on HIV and AIDS for Teachers’ Colleges- 2005, Zimbawe

The aim of this policy is to provide colleges and institutions of higher learning with a standard framework, and guidelines for the implementation programmes. As part of the multisectoral response to addressing HIV and AIDS, this policy serves as The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education's response to effectively address the epidemic. The ministry and community within teachers' colleges agreed that there is need for a sectoral policy to deal with this epidemic.

National Behaviour Change Strategy for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of HIV - 2006 - 2010, Zimbabwe

This Behavioural Change Strategy therefore provides guidance to all stakeholders on their contributions to behavioural change promotion over the period from 2006 to 2010. It spells out key expected outputs and areas of focus necessary for achieving results. It strengthens successful elements of the past response like promotion of condom use, but also focuses on new key aspects. Epidemiological evidence shows that reducing multiple partnering including promotion of faithfulness in marriage and other long-term relationships has to be in the centre of behavioural change promotion. Underlying root causes of risk behaviours like imbalanced gender relations and stigma associated with HIV will be addressed. Decentralized behavioural change planning and involvement of leadership at district and community levels are core elements of the Strategy. The key areas of focus are the same as those outlined in the National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS. Focusing on these key areas will result in more concerted efforts and is likely to make a greater impact.

National Policy guidelines on HIV vaccine - Research, Development and Evaluation - 2007, Zimbabwe

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to government and non governmental sectors and scientific groups in Zimbabwe working with international regional and national stakeholders and communities in the development and evaluation of candidate vaccines relevant to Zimbabwe. The guidelines are to be used by authorities responsible for the approval, coordination and supervision of candidate vaccine tries in the country. It provides useful resources to members of scientific and review committees as well as national medicines regulatory and biosafety authorities in regulating HIV vaccine trials in Zimbabwe.

HIV and AIDS Policy for the transport sector of Zimbabwe, 2003

The aim of this policy is to guide and direct the process of dealing with HIV/AIDS in the workplace at all levels in the transport sector. The policy provides the framework in which the transport sector employees, workers and their representatives will design and implement programmes or formulate HIV/AIDS policies at sub-sector or enterprise level and to implement, monitor and evaluate HIV/AIDS responses at the wokplace.

 

National Strategic Framework for the Private Sector Response to HIV and AIDS - 2007 - 2010, Zimbabwe

As part of the national multi-sectoral approach to HIV and AIDS, private sector organisations have a key role to play in scaling up HIV prevention, care, treatment and support. Yet to date, the response has been ad hoc and uncoordinated. Few organisations and sub-sectors have successfully developed comprehensive workplace policies and programmes addressing HIV prevention, care, support and treatment. The majority still need to engage in meaningful dialogue and action on HIV and AIDS as a workplace issue.

Zimbabwe Policy Profile - 2003, Zimbabwe

The first AIDS case in Zimbabwe was identified in 1985. HIV sentinel surveillance was initiated in 1991. In 2000, Zimbabwe undertook the first fully implemented ANC survey since 1997. It found that 35 percent of women attending ANCs were infected with HIV. The 2001 ANC findings appeared to indicate that ANC prevalence had fallen to 29.5 percent. In August 2003, Zimbabwe released a report presenting new national HIV/AIDS prevalence data, indicating that HIV prevalence in ANC surveys peaked in 2000 at 34 percent, fell in 2001 to 30 percent, and decreased further in 2002 to 25.7 percent. Using these figures, 24.9 percent of Zimbabwean adults are HIV-positive. Several Zimbabwean HIV/AIDS experts stated that the new figures did not represent a real decline in HIV prevalence, but rather a correction of flawed data from previous surveys.