Zimbabwe launches Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free Framework

Ending AIDS among Children, Adolescents and Young Women by 2020

The Organisation for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID) congratulates the Ministry of Health and Child Care for launching the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free Framework. This demonstrates commitment to ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women.

With funding from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), OPHID is committed to collaborating with the MOHCC on its superfast track to end AIDS by 2030 through:

Start Free (SUSTAINING PMTCT) – Since 1999, OPHID has supported PMTCT programs in Zimbabwe, ensuring that every pregnant woman and mother living with HIV access PMTCT services and lifelong treatment (Option B+) to give their babies an HIV free start.

Stay Free (INNOVATING FOR PREVENTION) – Linking adolescents and young women to health and prevention services. OPHID emphasises the importance of knowing their HIV status and adopting healthy behaviours that keep them HIV negative.      

AIDS Free (EXPANDING ART) – OPHID recognises that access to immediate ART is crucial for children and adolescents living with HIV to realise their full potential. In collaboration with the MOHCC, OPHID has accelerated the provision of quality HIV treatment services, through its “Treat All” initiative for all People Living with HIV, to improve their survival and quality of life.

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