6. Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support

Globally, Zimbabwe remains among the countries with high HIV infection rates - it carries the third largest HIV burden in Southern Africa and has one of the highest rates of premature adult mortality, largely due to HIV-related illnesses. Latest estimates place the adult HIV prevalence at 14.26 percent, which brings the estimated number of people living with HIV to 1.2 million, including 150,000 children under 15. It is further estimated that women represent 62 percent of adults living with HIV in the country.

In order to promote universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and assist Zimbabwe in achieving its national development goals, the United Nations in Zimbabwe has articulated its support around three main outcomes:

  1. Improved access to (and uptake of) HIV prevention services;

  2. Improved access to (and uptake of) HIV treatment, care and support services;

  3. Improved leadership, coordination and management of the multi-sectoral HIV response.

This outcome will contribute to progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically MDG 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

To address this challenge, the UNCT will support the National Strategic Plan 2011-15 and the National Health Strategy 2009-13 to ensure universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.

UN assistance will come primarily in the form of technical support, including capacity development, and financial support and assist in both the accelerated scale up of HIV services and the strengthening of the management and coordination of multi-sectoral responses. Resource required to achieve these results are estimated as USD 219.6 million.