On the 12th of March 2016, Restless Development Zimbabwe ICS (International Citizenship Service) Volunteers, hosted an awareness campaign focusing on HIV and AIDS in Ushewokunze (Ushe), a high density suburb in Harare. The campaign was the first of its kind in the area, and attracted a crowd of 500 people.
The ICS Volunteers held the awareness campaign due to a lack of information on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), and limited access to health services in the community. To maximize the impact of the campaign, it was hosted in collaboration with key partners: Population Services International Zimbabwe (PSI), Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Project (ZICHIRE), Gift of the Givers and the National Aids Council (NAC). By partnering with these NGOs on the day we were able to provide access to the following medical services:
• HIV testing and male circumcision to people in the community- PSI
• Free breast screening – Gift of the Givers
A total of 200 women were screened for breast cancer and 250 people were tested for HIV. Along with the provision of medical services on the day, several talks were given increasing awareness on HIV and AIDS. Students from local colleges and high schools took part in the day’s events through drama, dance and poetry performances.
People in the community were impressed with the success of this initial campaign.
This programme has proven its impact in a short period. We have services for our people which they had to walk long distances to access.
- District Administrator