Manicaland Province Minister for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon Misheck Mugadza launches FACT Zimbabwe 2024-2026 strategy with FACT Executive Directors Mrs. Shumba and Board Chairperson Mr. Washington Kuwana

FACT Zimbabwe has launched a three-year organisational strategy which aims to scale towards building sustainable livelihoods, promoting health and well-being, and ensuring protection for vulnerable children, their families, and communities.

From 2024-2026, FACT Zimbabwe will implement the strategy guided by its four strategic pillars: Safeguarding and Sustainable Livelihoods, Health and Well-being, Organisational Efficiency and Effectiveness, and Strategic Information and Research.

Speaking during the launch event in Mutare the Manicaland Province’s Minister of State and Provincial Affair and Devolution Honourable Misheck Mugadza applauded FACT Zimbabwe for aligning its strategy with the National Development Strategy (NDS1) working towards ensuring Healthy and Empowered Communities.

“Long ago, HIV and AIDS were deemed as a death sentence, but you neutralised that…FACT Zimbabwe is known for its long history spanning over 35 years ago of implementing development work, particularly responding to HIV and AIDS in Manicaland province and beyond. The strategic plan we are launching today is building on the tremendous work FACT Zimbabwe has been doing over the past three decades as it continues to complement the government of Zimbabwe in its various areas,” he said.

“FACT Zimbabwe’s strategy contributes specifically to the NDS1’s Health and Well-being pillar and various other cross-cutting issues around youth and disability inclusion, care, protection of vulnerable groups, and climate resilience, among other issues. It is commendable that FACT Zimbabwe actively engaged key line ministries and government departments including the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Community, and Small and Medium Enterprises Development, National AIDS Council and Department of Social Development.

FACT Zimbabwe Executive Director Mrs Gertrude Shumba said following the strategy in implementation was key to ending HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and creating Healthy and Empowered communities.

“The strategy is hinged on key resilience conceptual framework and principles based on the need to create, develop, and support resilient individuals, households, communities, and institutions. The framework conceptualizes how communities, both rural and urban, can work together with development partners and stakeholders to improve their well-being,” she said.

Mrs Shumba said the conceptual framework’s focus is to minimize individuals or households’ exposure to shocks and stresses; provide assets, skills, technologies, and confidence to adapt effectively to challenges they face and allow them to actively participate in discussions and decisions that affect their responses to shock.

“During the strategy period, FACT will be working towards contributing directly to five SDGs (1, 2, 3, 5 and 10) and indirectly to four SDGs (6, 8, 13 and 17).”