Launch for life
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From Research to Reality. The need to expand sexual reproductive health options for adolescent girls. Tackling adolescent girls’ unmet need for contraception and HIV prevention requires clear and targeted policy and programming. This policy brief addresses key service and policy barriers and provides recommendations to overcome them. Easier access to contraception now will pave the way for emerging HIV prevention interventions for women in the near future.
OPTIONS AGYW Ambassador Training Manual
The AGYW Ambassador Training manual was developed to equip AGYW with the knowledge and skills to:
Identify how gender norms and inequalities contribute to AGYW’s vulnerability to HIV and violence against women and girls
– Educate their peers about HIV and AIDS, including how it is transmitted and prevented and why AGYW are vulnerable to HIV
– Support their peers who are experiencing violence by using active listening and by empowering them to access services
– Give peers detailed, accurate information about oral PrEP as part of combination HIV prevention and address peers’ questions and concerns
– Support their peers to make informed decisions, get access to oral PrEP, use it correctly, continue using it while they are vulnerable to HIV and tell others about their oral PrEP use
– Raise awareness and build community support for oral PrEP
– Identify barriers to oral PrEP use, and develop and implement advocacy strategies to reduce these barriers
– Ensure the confidentiality of their peers
– Set boundaries and practice self-care.
The SHAZ! Project: Results from a Pilot Randomized Trial of a Structural Intervention to Prevent HIV among Adolescent Women in Zimbabwe
Adolescent females in Zimbabwe are at high risk for HIV acquisition. Shaping the Health of Adolescents in Zimbabwe (SHAZ!) was a randomized controlled trial of a
combined intervention package including life-skills and health education, vocational training, micro-grants and social supports compared to life-skills and health
If, when and how to tell: a qualitative study of HIV disclosure among young women in Zimbabwe
In the Shona culture of Zimbabwe, a high regard for childbearing contributes to strong pressures on women to have children. For young women living with HIV, consequently, disclosure of HIV status can be a central strategy to garner support for controlling fertility. This paper reports findings from qualitative interviews with 28 young women aged
16–20 living with HIV in urban Zimbabwe and discusses how these findings can contribute to better policies and programs for this population. Regardless of their current relationship status, interview participants described disclosure as a turning point in romantic partnerships, recounting stressful experiences with major ramifications such as abuse and abandonment on the one hand, and support and love on the other. All but one participant had been in a committed relationship, and most had disclosed to a previous or current partner, with about half of disclosure experiences resulting in adverse reactions. Findings suggest that sexual and reproductive health services must do more to help young women living with HIV negotiate the complexities of disclosure in the context of achieving desired fertility. © 2012 Reproductive Health Matters.
Case Study: Identifying Best Practices in HIV Service Delivery
The following activities and associated impacts are among the main reasons the Zvandiri CATS model has been identified as a best practice for the provision of sustainable care and support services for children, adolescents and young people with HIV:
• Demand Creation: CATS actively seek children and adolescents through ‘adolescent corners’
in clinics and outreach in the community to promote and increase the uptake of HIV testing and counselling, treatment, care and support.
• Task-shifting: CATS provide a support system for nurses and providers by positioning themselves as a primary contact in clinics and the community for children and adolescents. Through this sup-port system, health care providers can refer children and adolescents to CATS for pre- and post-test counseling, information, disclosure and treatment adherence support. Those young people often then become Zvandiri clients.
• Improved Adherence and Retention: Adherence among adolescents is a challenging issue. Through the work of CATS, Zvandiri clients are adhering to their medications and retained in the program.
• Improved Technology: The program introduced digital tablets for CATS to use in their client monitoring in 2014. Moving from paper to tablets has provided a significant opportunity for improved reporting, quality control, and data management for adherence and retention. The shift to tablets also promises to improve CATS’ technological capacities.
Treatment Optimization Initiative Meeting III report
On the 29th of March, the Ministry of Health & Child Welfare co-hosted, with WHO and Pangaea, a national meeting entitled, “Decentralization of HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment: Linking Community Interventions with health care delivery systems.” This meeting explored the challenges faced as the country endeavors to expand geographic access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care services but with a special focus on HIV Treatment and Care issues.