Project information

HIV & disability in Zimbabwe

The project aims to promote access to HIV prevention, care and support services among visually and hearing impaired people in Harare and Binga in Zimbabwe.

2 years

Charity information: Progressio

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  • Need


    Zimbabwe has one of the largest HIV epidemics in the world, with an estimated adult HIV prevalence rate of 15% (UNAIDS, 2015) . c.1.3 million people have disabilities, about 10% of the population. To date, mainstream HIV services have excluded people living with disabilities, a situation that is reflected in the severe lack of data on how they are affected by HIV and their absence from the marginalised and vulnerable groups listed in Zimbabwe’s National Action Plan on HIV/AIDS 2011-2015 .


    Local support workers will use braille and audio materials so that people living with disabilities can learn about HIV prevention and encourage those afflicted with the condition to seek treatment support. Provide awareness training for family members, community leaders, healthcare professionals and other service providers so they are willing to support people living with HIV and disability without discrimination. We will use the national media to raise awareness and try to influence policy.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Higher number of people with visual & hearing impairments are accessing HIV prevention and support


    » Train 60 peer educators on HIV & AIDS, sexual health, counselling, empowerment, and communication skills. They will train other peer educators.
    » Distribute 400 braille handbooks, 350 CD players & audio materials on sexual health & a sign language dictionary.
    » Train 550 people with disabilities on HIV, sexual health & life skills including leadership, communication & advocacy.

    What success will look like

    The number of people with visual & hearing impediments accessing HIV services increases.

    Aim 2

    Service providers & community leaders are more willing to give HIV support to disabled people.


    » Train service providers & community leaders on effective communication when supporting disabled people.
    » 18 sensitization & awareness sessions for 2750 households of disabled family members on discrimination & HIV prevention, care & support services.
    » Skill sharing & mentoring of 3 partner organisations on project management, partner coordination, monitoring & evaluation, local & national advocacy.

    What success will look like

    Measure attitude changes toward people with disabilities among service providers & community leaders. Increased number of people with visual and hearing impediments using services.

    Aim 3

    Amplify the voice and influence of disabled people on HIV services.


    » Facilitate 2 dialogue sessions with at least 30 politicians, based on a position paper on HIV issues affecting people with disabilities.
    » Conduct 2 media awareness raising workshops on HIV & sexual health issues affecting disabled people with 40 journalists from national media.

    What success will look like

    Politicians attend dialogue sessions & engage in discussion of the issues. Measure attitude change. We will measure media coverage on these issues.

  • Impact


    There will be a lower rate of HIV infection among people living with disability. More disabled people will access HIV prevention, care and support services. It will reduce the stigma and discrimination they face. Success will be demonstrated by numbers of services & measured attitudinal change.

    The M&E framework uses the Regular Impact Capacity Assessment (RICA) tool, an indicator based system which provides a wide range of tools used as Means of Verification (MoV) to measure progress.


    Peer educators are volunteers and their motivation might decrease over time. But as the volunteers are training other volunteers, this will mitigate the risk by guaranteeing a consistent number of peer educators.

    The stigma around disability is deeply embedded in Zimbabwean society and could prove harder to change than anticipated. However we are working with local partners which are known within the community and this will help to mitigate the risk.


    We will report via e-newsletters, print magazine and our annual review.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £206,884

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      Amount Heading Description
      £75,409 Staff Directors, programme officers, finance officers & UK support
      £14,432 Activities 400 braille handbooks, 350 CD players, audio materials sign language dictionaries
      £50,895 Training & workshops For peer educators, service providers, community leaders, family members, journalists, & politicia
      £24,722 Monitoring & evaluation Meetings, surveys, annual review, evaluations
      £29,962 Support Rent, utilities, vehicle maintenance, conferences
      £11,464 Progressio UK Overheads
  • Background


    Harare and Binga in Zimbabwe


    Direct beneficiaries will be 550 visual hearing impaired people and 2750 community members, family members, and service providers, as well as staff from our partners Disability and AIDS Trust (DHAT) in Harare and Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) in Harare.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    This is an expansion of a pilot project delivered by Progressio, DHAT and THAMASO in 2012 to increase access to information on HIV amongst people with visual & hearing impairments funded by Porticus.

    We have been working in Zimbabwe since the 1960s. We are currently working with a number of organisations to improve the lives of those living with HIV in Zimbabwe, including Zimbabwe Aids Prevention and Support Organisation, and ZImbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Disability And AIDS Trust (DHAT), Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) Ntengwe For Community Development

    The organisations have implemented more than five HIV related projects targeting youths and mainstreaming disability in the process.