What a difference an hour can make!

Playing cards from the Masas game being laid on the table

Kate Iorpenda works in the Knowledge Evidence and Innovation Team. Here she shares reflections from  a recent trip to Harare where she saw first hand the work of Zvandiri’s Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS).  I have worked with Zvandiri since 2016 and feel I have learnt so much about the role of the peer counsellors […]

PROJECT ECHO: Young People in Africa Lead the Fight against HIV through Peer Mentorship

Project ECHO have published a blog about the partnership with Zvandiri, Young People in Africa Lead the Fight against HIV through Peer Mentorship. Collaborating with ECHO  has helped us disseminate knowledge and best practice in the care and support of children and young people living with HIV to rural and underserved areas during COVID- 19 […]

Temba’s Journey: Overcoming Barriers to Quality HIV Care

Health outcomes of young people living with HIV often lag behind those of adults due to barriers to quality of care from both the service providers and the caregivers. Such was the story of Temba* (not his real name) a 10-year-old from Makonde district who had been receiving care and support from the Zvandiri programme […]

The Zvandiri Regional Programme- A case study of south-south learning.

We are excited to share our new publication documenting the work of  Zvandiri. This case study documents the scale-up of the Zvandiri Model from Zimbabwe to nine additional countries in the region. We describe the Zvandiri Model and how it offers a comprehensive and evidence based package of interventions tailored to the holistic needs and […]

Zvandiri in Namibia: Growth and accreditation of the NATS Model

“Having been part of the Namibian Adolescent Treatment Supporters (NATS) programme from the start, I have witnessed young people get a voice, a space in the health care system. Many have made new friends and through that many questions have been brought to light. This does not mean all questions have been answered. Youth friendly […]

Mental health needs of adolescents living with HIV

We know there is an increasing recognition of the substantial unmet mental health needs of adolescents living with HIV, who have higher rates of depression and other common mental health problems than their peers who are HIV negative, as well as a connection being made between mental health and wellbeing with adherence and viral load […]