FACT Zimbabwe participated in the 2023 World AIDS Day commemorations which were held on the 1st of December at Chinotimba stadium in the resort town of Victoria Falls. 

This year’s commemorations ran under the themes Let Communities Lead and AIDS IS NOT OVER: Address inequalities, accelerate inclusion and innovation. The annual gathering saw several organizations working towards ending AIDS by 2023 sharing key milestones in HIV prevention, treatment, and care service provision.

DREAMS Ambassadors, Rumbidzai Ndlovu (left) and Wadzanai Musiyiwa (right) sharing information with Adolescent Girls and Young Women during the World AIDS Day commemorations.

FACT Zimbabwe through the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Determined Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe Girls (DREAMS) and Sustaining Prevention, and increasing Access to Care and Empowerment for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SPACE for OVC) programs managed to showcase some of the work being done to sustain the gains achieved in the fight against HIV in Manicaland and Masvingo provinces.

Launch of the Triple Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B Virus: 2023 – 2026

The Zimbabwe National HIV/AIDS Steering Committee members stand during the launch of the Triple Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B Virus: 2023 – 2026

The eve of the #WorldAIDSDay saw the launch of the Plan for Triple Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis B Virus: 2023 – 2026 a stride towards ending AIDS by 2030. The Triple EMTCT Plan represents a comprehensive approach that encompasses prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support for the three diseases: HIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B, using an integrated approach.