Who we are

Our Story

Zvandiri, “As I am”, is transforming young lives through peer connections to assure health, happiness, and hope. We work with governments to deliver services to young people living with HIV at scale through trained peers who connect with them and support them to survive and thrive.

We began in 2004 with six young people living with HIV who wanted more in their lives than just medicines and clinic visits. They established a support group which has evolved into the Zvandiri model of community, clinic and digital health services, in partnership with governments, to deliver services to young people living with HIV. Our evidence-based model connects young people with trained, mentored peers provides a holistic approach that is innovative and ensures sustainable impact. Zvandiri started in Zimbabwe and has been adopted and scaled in 13 countries with over 5,500 trained peer counsellors we call Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters or CATS.*

*Adapted to NATS  in Namibia, DATS in Nigeria and YAPS in Uganda

2004

Year work began

13

Countries

5,500

CATS and YMM

160

Passionate ‘Zvandirians’ make up our staff team