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One step towards rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates

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99 inmates from Mutimurefu Farm Prison Graduate at Mushagashe Training Centre

Mushagashe training centre 8th graduation ceremony was one with a difference where inmates from Mutimurefu Farm prison were part of the graduates. The graduation ceremony was running under the theme: "Employment creation for Zimbabwean youths through skilling in support of ZIMASSET."

It was a hive of activity at Mushagashe training Centre graduation ceremony as it saw 99 inmates from Mutimurefu Farm prison being part of the graduates. They were also graduating in various skills trades which include, welding, motor mechanics, carpentry and joinery, building, plumbing and drain laying and hairdressing. The trainings were supported by Batanai HIV and AIDS Service Organisation (BHASO) with financial support from Big Lottery Fund through Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

Hounarable comrade Patrick Zhuwao, Minister of Youth Indigenisation and economic empowerment was the guest of honour at the event. In his speech he noted that this was a graduation with a difference where inmates were also taking part. He went on to say that this was the first step in the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates into society following the shift from the prisons being punitive but a correctional centre. He pointed out that the shift has seen the change of name from Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) to Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).

BHASO is supporting with the trainings to the inmates who are about to be released for their positive reintegration into society. They are promoting rehabilitation and reintegration through skills training and thus reduce reoffending among the inmates.

The inmates were happy to have been accorded the opportunity to learn and be certified and this will help them a long way. Some of the inmates noted that these courses will assist them when they are out, as they will be having some skill and knowledge to work using their own hands that is they will be highly productive self - reliant business persons running their own enterprises.

To enhance their skills in the trained trades they will continue to be attached in the various departments in the prison so that when they are released they will have acquired the skills. These skills will assist them in search of jobs and/or to start their own workshops and be employers. For those with the passion of furthering their skills they will also be assisted in trade testing so that they can be classified artisans. 

To support the graduation from ZPCS was the Officer commanding Masvingo Assistant Commissioner Ndanga, the national rehabilitation coordinator as well as staff from other ZPCS departments.

Prison Health Project

Food Security and Livelihoods

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​Productive Assets Creation (PAC) Project     

Geographical Coverage
Masvingo District

Improving access to food and nutrition by enhancing dietary adequacy through created and rehabilitated productive and social infrastructure for communities in Masvingo District.

Main Objectives
·         Improve dietary diversity score from 4 to 6 for nutrition gardens and irrigation beneficiaries.
·         Increased women participation in leadership positions during productive asset creation and utilisation from 20% to 60%.
·         Improving household diet and sanitation through nutrition education and participatory health and hygiene education respectively.
·         Improve income through market oriented crop and livestock production.

Project outcomes

      Increased nutrition and food security through diversified production.
      Increased resilience to shocks and micronutrients intake through improved livestock and crop production.
      Increased women access to markets and income through intensified horticulture production.
      Enhanced women participation and decision making in productive assets creation and utilisation.
      Increased functional community productive assets for households.
      Empowered local communities who are able to utilize and conserve the environment through sustainable participatory approaches.

Targeted beneficiaries
The project will target 750 food insecure households which translate to 3750 beneficiaries in Masvingo District

BHASO recognizes the greater role that women, as the primary caregivers in the household, can play in the management of food and nutrition. At all levels of planning, implementation and evaluation of this programme, a special effort will be done to consult women for their opinions and views. The project will make efforts to involve both women and men in asset creation and utilization. Prioritization of women access to income and markets will be key in the project. 

Youth Empowerment

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Families and Communities for the elimination of Paediatric HIV (FACE Paediatric HIV)

The FACE-Paedriatic Consortium which is led by OPHID is implementing a five-year programme meant to eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve the survival of mothers and children in line with the national strategic plan. The Project is funded by USaid through SAfAIDS.

Primary Target
Women of child bearing age (HIV positive women, women of unknown HIV status and young women).

Secondary Target
Men aged between 20 and 55 years, leaders (traditional, religious, political), Government health related structures, older women (mothers, mothers in law, sisters in law), traditional birth attendants.

This is a national project that is being implemented in Midlands, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, Harare, Matabeleland South and Mashonaland West Provinces. In Masvingo Province the project is being implemented in Chivi District at Mhandamabwe Rural Health Centre, Chivi District Hospital, Chishave Rural Hospital, and Ngundu Clinic.

Programme Goal:
To eliminate new HIV infections in children and improve survival of mothers and children in line with the National Strategic Plan for Eliminating New HIV infections in Children and Keeping Mothers and Families Alive:2011 – 2015

The SAfAIDS Community Mobilisation Goal:
Increase uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment services and creating an enabling environment for sustained elimination of new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive.

Programme Strategic Objectives
·         Provision of technical and other assistance to the national level PMTCT programme
·         Strengthen provision of clinical services for comprehensive PMTCT programme
·         Strengthen paedriatic HIV services.
·         Conduct operations research to inform evidence-based policies and programme strategies.
·         Strengthen continuum of care for mother, infant and family.
Strategic approach
1.      Social mobilisation for promoting health seeking behaviours for increased uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIV care and treatment.
2.      Advocacy to address policy and social barriers to PMTCT service uptake and retention.
3.      Communication targeted at providing PMTCT and paedriatic HIV related standardised information as a tool to systematically influence social change for increased uptake and retention of mothers, infants and families in HIUV care and treatment services.
Key activities
1.      Strengthen leadership and ownership at provincial, district and local level
2.      Decentralisation of paedriatic ART services.
3.      Support development of national research agenda for PMTCT and HIV paedriatic care and treatment.
4.      Build capacity of village health and community based advocates as "front-line" workers to mobilise and coordinate continuum of care.
5.      Integrate PMTCT and HIV care services in family planning and adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes.
Expected results
·         A national PMTCT programme with demonstrated leadership and technical capacity at all levels to effectively and efficiently implement the national strategic plan.
·         100% of MNCH sites provide high quality, comprehensive, family-centred, PMTCT/MNCH services in line with national standards: partner and couple counselling expanded at all points.
·         98% of HIV positive pregnant women receive ARVs in PMTCT and 50% of eligible pregnant women initiated on Antiretroviral therapy for their own health.
·         90% of HIV-exposed children receive ARV prophylaxis; 90% of HIV exposed infants started on cotrimoxazole prophylaxis and 80% of children born to HIV positive mothers are tested for HIV at 6 weeks after birth. 80% of infants and children (< 2 years) who need life-long ART that are commenced on it.
·         Mother, infants and their families are retained and supported in community care services.

Positive Living

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Young People We Care (YPWC)

Chivi Rural District

Target groups
The YPWC project targets young people aged between 10-24 living with HIV and those not infected but whose family members are infected referred to as youth affected by HIV and AIDS.  

Project Goal
To enhance the capacities of young people aged between 10 to 24 years of age infected and affected by HIV and AIDS to assist their peers in dealing with the problems posed by HIV and to mitigate the impact on families of people affected by HIV.

1.      To increase HIV knowledge and use of HIV services by young people.
2.       To create stronger linkages between HIV care, support, treatment and young people's initiatives.
3.      To enhance psychosocial support for young people.
4.      To build the capacity of young people to strengthen communication and leadership skills and sense of social responsibility.

·         Increased knowledge of HIV and uptake of HIV and SRH service by young people.
·         Increase ability to respond to adverse situations young people face.
·         Increase access to HIV and SRH information.
·         Reduce reported cases of abuse.