The Securing Rights in the Context of HIV and AIDS Program (SRP) is a 4 year program (with an estimated budget of US$4.5M) that started in July 2013 (first 6 months being an inception phase) and is scheduled to end in December 2017. It is Oxfam’s major program focusing on HIV and AIDS and sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe.
SRP is a basket funded initiative that is managed by Oxfam Canada with financial and technical support from four other Oxfam affiliates namely, Oxfam Australia, Oxfam Ireland, Oxfam Novib and Oxfam Germany .The program’s goal is to empower people living with and affected by HIV, persons with disability, women and girls, young people and migrant men to exercise their rights to HIV prevention, access to quality treatment, care and support services including sustainable livelihoods. The program integrates sexual reproductive health given the inter-linkages between HIV and SRH.
SRP builds on lessons from a previous 10-year initiative, known as the Combined Oxfam Gender and HIV/AIDS (COGENHA) program, as well as drawing upon new evidence and areas of work with those groups most at-risk to HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, including women and girls, young people, people with disability and mobile populations. These groups comprise the target population for SRP. The main aim of SRP is to ensure that people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS (PLWHIV), including women and girls, people with disability (PWD), young people and mobile populations exercise their rights to prevention, quality treatment and sustainable livelihoods.
In an effort to contribute to addressing some of these challenges, the Securing Rights Programme has four key focus areas, namely:
1. Prevention of HIV and AIDS, including integration of sexual reproductive health and rights;
2. Access to treatment, care and support which includes livelihoods mainstreaming;
3. State accountability to PLWHIV and their participation in decision making;
4. Capacity building for civil society organizations (CSOs)
The overall goal of SRP is that people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, including women and girls, PWD, young people and mobile populations exercise their rights to prevention, quality treatment and sustainable livelihoods.
The expected results of the program at outcome level include the following:
Outcome 1: Enhanced capacity among women and girls, people with disability (PWD), young people and mobile populations to make informed choices about their health and protect themselves from HIV infection.
Outcome 2: Greater access to treatment, care and support and adherence for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS, with a focus on women and girls, PWD, young people and mobile populations.
Outcome 3: Greater state responsiveness to the rights and needs of women and girls, PWD, young people and mobile populations of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.
Outcome 4: Stronger civil society organizations have increased capacity to address the rights of women and girls, PWD, young people and mobile populations in relation to HIV and AIDS.
SRP will be implemented over 4 years (2013-17) in the following provinces of Zimbabwe:
Matabeleland South; and,
The program will engage a maximum of 15 partner organizations across the three areas. These partners will work variously at community-level with direct beneficiaries and at meso and macro levels, implementing strategic interventions regionally and nationally to promote learning and knowledge sharing and influence policy.
The main beneficiaries of the program include the following categories of people:
People living with HIV and AIDS, including women and men, boys, girls and people with disabilities;
Young women and men, born and living with HIV; and,
Male migrants from Matabeleland North, South and the Midlands
SRP works with local partners at various levels, including micro, meso and macro levels for program implementation. A commitment of 60% of total program budget is concentrated on micro level work informed by the programs theory of change which looks at transformative empowerment that starts with the individual. The partner portfolio for the program was made up of nine implementing and three strategic partners in 2014.
Micro-level work entails supporting community based organizations and groups to organize and mobilize program target groups to implement local level work and develop an evidence-based on issues and possible strategies to address HIV. Micro level partners engaged were Bethany Project, Midlands AIDS Caring Organization (MACO); Umzingwane AIDS Network (UAN),Youth for Today and Tomorrow (YTT) ,Hope for a Child in Christ (HOCIC) and Million Memory Project of Zimbabwe Trust (MMPZ).
Meso-level work was focused on supporting organizations with a presence in various communities to advance and advocate for similar issues, adapt best practice models to different settings and promote the adoption of the models by other actors especially at the micro levels. Partners engaged at the meso level cut across the three provinces in terms of their interventions reach and these include Students And Youths Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT); Disability HIV and AIDS Trust (DHAT) and Zimbabwe Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+).
Macro-level work is aimed at giving voice and space for the representation of the issues affecting all program target groups and is focused on the development of inclusive and rights-based policies and programs that are responsive to issues and evidence being brought from community level work. Three strategic partners were engaged – SAfAIDS for development and production of information materials and Information packs, ZIMPRO for capacity building on sustainable livelihoods mainstreaming and Women’s Action Group for capacity building on Gender and integration of SRH. They also supported the programme on the 16 Days of Activism events highlighting issues around violence and women and girls with disability. The program also partnered with key ministries and parastatals in order to address key issues for example with National AIDS Council (NAC), Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) and the Parliamentarian Portfolio Committees on Health.
In total, the project expects to reach 162 776 direct beneficiaries, and impact an estimated 482 968 family and community members as indirect beneficiaries. In the year under reporting (2014), the SRP reached 21,711 direct beneficiaries and 58,824 indirect beneficiaries.
20 staff of local partner organizations will be engaged as secondary beneficiaries for the project. Partner staff will receive training and capacity building, and participate in a range of linking and learning interventions aimed at building knowledge and improving collaboration among civil society actors working on SRH including HIV.