The Zimbabwe/ Zambia Community Health Worker (CHW) Programme

32% of children and adolescents living with HIV  have access to antiretroviral therapy. In Zambia and Zimbabwe alone, between 10-28% of children (under 5) died of HIV-related illnesses in 2010. Both countries have made significant headway in reducing transmission of HIV and improving access in the last decade, but children, adolescents and mothers need tailored support to ensure they do not fall through the cracks.

PATA and its project partner in the programme, One to One Children’s Fund, are implementing a three-year programme funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) to improve access to, and quality of, HIV care services delivered by 16 clinics in Zambia and Zimbabwe, to 7,000 HIV-positive children, adolescents and their families. With the support available through peer supporters and community health workers, the programme aims to reduce child illness and mortality by increasing the number of HIV-positive children and adolescents on antiretroviral therapy.

Sixty-two young people and adults living with HIV are employed as peer supporters and community health workers across 16 facilities and integrated with clinics teams to provide treatment and care and perform community outreach. The programme offers accredited training and supervision for peer supporters and community health workers and builds sustainability through advocacy activities.