Ignorance and death can be one and the same but today, a once-dead community in Hwange district has risen. The entry of the SAfAIDS Asikhulume programme, working through Buwalo Matalikilo Trust (BMT), has awoken the community by providing them with information on the Zimbabwe Constitution and showing them that it is their ‘Bible’ as far as their rights are concerned. Tritchard Ncube views the Zimbabwe Constitution as a vital major friend and the community’s daily bread.  

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

SAfAIDS Changing The River’s Flow for Young People (CTRF4YP) programme has been helping shape and transform young people’s lives for the better. One such case is that of Primrose Munetsi (not her real name), an adolescent who, through the intervention of the CTRF4YP youth champions, was able to quit smoking marijuana and begin to transform her life by making the most of her time.

 

By Elizabeth Ndhlovu-Dumbreni

Twenty-six year old Thompson Maseko from Bubi District, who has been with the SAfAIDS Asikhulume/ Ngatitaure/ Let’s Talk programme since its inception in Matabeleland North early last year, says he has since mastered the art of eloquent speaking, as well as engaging in dialogue that yields fruitful results. This comes in the wake of at least 42 children attaining birth certificates as a result of programme members’ intervention and participation.

Through recent social accountability monitoring with support from Save the Children Sweden, SAfAIDS Zambia has gathered evidence that systematic poor public resource management is a major cause of limited access to adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in the country. This is a result of limited knowledge and skills among the duty bearers in appreciating that delivery of SRH services is their obligation. In turn, this is aggravated by limited advocacy and social accountability knowledge and skills on the part of adolescents  and young people, and their inability to hold duty bearers to account about the services they provide.

SAfAIDS Zambia is making steady progress in building the capacity of adolescents and young people so that they can hold policy makers and budget holders to account in allocating adequate resources to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for adolescent girls and young people. SAfAIDS Tariro Makanga-Chikumbirike (TMC) had a one-on-one with SAfAIDS Zambia Country Representative, Chrispin Chomba (CC), to shed more light on their work on social accountability.