HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights
Adolescents and young people are assisted to get access to youth friendly sexual reproductive health and rights. This is done through systems strengthening of health facilities to deliver youth friendly services, comprehensive sexuality education, community awareness events, youth networks, school clubs, advocacy, operations research and joint monitoring visits with Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council.
Chiedza provides two nutritional meals a day for six days a week to children who come to access different services at the centre. Training on nutrition are coordinated targeting health practitioners and caregivers of children living with HIV. The organization provides dry food packs to vulnerable families.
Chiedza works with clinics to ensure access to HIV testing services and retention in care for all children exposed to and living with HIV. The organisation employs the 3Cs model (Clinic-Community-Collaboration) whereby Community volunteers identify children in need of health services in the communities and refer to clinics whilst the clinic also refer children in need of support to the community volunteers. HIV positive pregnant mothers and those with infants below the age of five are engaged in the Early Childhood Stimulation program where sessions are delivered aimed at reducing the chances of transmitting the virus to their babies. Clinics are supported to ensure undisrupted Paediatric HIV service delivery and improved client follow up measures. Support is also given to clinics for smooth and effective roll out of Adolescent support groups to ensure their retention in care. Community volunteers carry out home visits offering adherence support and identifying any other needs for the children’s continuous access to care. Hospital user fees and bus fares are made available to needy cases. The organisation assist children to access drugs that are not available at health facilities through a special arrangement with local pharmacies.