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Learning from the past towards meaningful youth participation in HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a nation that has celebrated the decline in HIV prevalence among its population. A number of progressive initiatives were taken to fight the epidemic. However, these strides were done by adults and at large for adults. This has created a big gap and challenge for young people especially those living with HIV. The progressive initiatives only lacked to target young people living with HIV and those affected with HIV. HIV prevalence for the nation has declined, however the story is not the same for among young people. Issues relating to Stigma and Discrimination, HIV myths, Inaccessible ARVs, Non Existence of PMTCT, Uncompassionate health staff and related trauma are the biggest barriers for young people living with HIV and stand as hindrance for HTC behavior among young people. This paper want to focus on the gaps that needs action informed by the past and the present situation for positive living among young people living with HIV.
The first cases of AIDS in Zimbabwe were …

Past, Present and Future Cycle: An Intergenerational Partnership for Development

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The resolute voice among young people is that they want to be involved in decision making processes at every level of life. The approach towards meaningful participation is not as mere policy and programme beneficiaries but as equal stakeholders required during policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Adults were and some are of the notion that youths are leaders of the Future. This has found its way to alienate youths bestowing adults with Present’s discourse. The emergence of Youths are Leader of Present echoed through amplified and coordinated global, regional and national campaigns. For development to be successful, an intergenerational partnership is pre-requisite. Humankind lives in a sprinting-relay scenario, where generations pass on to another as the race of life moves. This implies that the adults had their time and influenced much of the Past and part of the Present. The other part of Present and Future resonates to be shaped by young people. Thus it’s a cycle. T…

Young People; Local Authorities Dividend or Loss

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Zimbabwe is facing the demographic dividend and happens to be oblivious on how to yield proceeds. This marks a potential gain for local authorities if planned well. It is a pity that investing in young people has never been on the local authorities agenda. It is rather sad that most local authorities in Zimbabwe do not have the foresight on the implications of not investing in young people. The improvement of local authorities is based on the payment of rates by ratepayers, business opportunities that comes with investments and the manner in which the local authorities plan. It becomes a plan to fail, when 67% of the population is not taken into account when planning, implementing and evaluating for whatever purpose towards development. It becomes insightful with devolution rolling out.
Employment creation is the greatest investment local authorities could gain from the demographic dividend. Although it is not the outright role of local authorities to employ, it has the direct impact…

The Civic Space: unpacking the constitutional provisions and realities in Zimbabwe

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Transparency International defines civic space as “the freedom and means to speak, access information, associate, organise, and participate in public decision-making”. CIVICUS notes that “Civic space is the bedrock of any open and democratic society. When civic space is open, citizens and civil society organisations are able to organise, participate and communicate without hindrance.” The is common understanding that Civic space is based on three fundamental pillars namely (i) Freedom of Association, (ii) Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and (iii) Freedom of Expression. These freedoms are enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe stipulated as RIGHTS. For this discussion, Civic Space is the human environment which enables citizens to come together, share their interests & concerns and act individually & collectively to influence & shape their future.
The Constitution of Zimbabwe was enacted by the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 Act, which was gazetted as law on 22n…

HIV positive youths: adherence challenges in Masvingo

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Since the first case of HIV was recorded in 1984 in Zimbabwe, there has been a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding the epidemic. There are also children who were born already infected with HIV and some of them find it very difficult to accept and cope with this condition they have. Thankfully modern medicine has now made it possible for someone with HIV to live a very long life if they take their medication correctly and consistently. Consistent has been a challenge among youths, in Masvingo to be precise.
A lot of young people grew up surrounded by a lot of dreadfulness stories concerning HIV. We have had a steady rise of young people who are defaulting their ARV treatment because of various reasons.It is saddening and disheartening to meet and hear stories of young men and women who defaulted and ended up losing their lives or requiring another regimen. Notably it has been because they have been misinformed and they have fears they have no idea what to do with them.
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