In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and other partners, CDC-Zimbabwe provides technical assistance, funding, and leadership to strengthen evidence-based health systems and services for the prevention, care, and treatment of HIV/AIDS and other health threats in Zimbabwe.
CDC-Zimbabwe provides support and technical assistance by:
- Supporting service delivery, quality assurance, and evaluation of voluntary male medical circumcision (VMMC), antiretroviral therapy (ART), and prevention of mother-to-child transmission.
- Strengthening key health systems, including health management information systems, laboratory services, and human resources for health.
Strengthening Capacity to Deliver ART
CDC helps build the capacity of national systems to provide a high-quality, comprehensive treatment package. CDC helps support a national HIV training and mentoring program, national HIV care quality assurance activities, laboratory quality management and patient monitoring improvement, health management information systems strengthening, and the improvement of national programs for hospital-acquired infection prevention and control. CDC also supports national monitoring and evaluation efforts, including surveillance for HIV drug resistance and related “early warning” indicators.
Key Activities and Accomplishments
Implementation of Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC)
In close collaboration with MoHCC counterparts, CDC supports VMMC in 21 districts in Zimbabwe. The MoHCC has taken a strong leadership role in the CDC-supported consortium, which has achieved 38,909 VMMCs to date.
Strengthening Health Information Dissemination and Use
CDC supports the electronic District Health Information System Software (DHIS-2) database nationwide. CDC also supports the implementation of mobile phone based reporting of the Weekly Disease Surveillance System results.
ART training and Mentoring
CDC supports the training of 4,500 health care workers and the clinical mentorship of 1,500 sites to ensure quality services in Zimbabwe. 1,073 health care workers were trained and 245 sites received clinical mentorship in 2014. This partnership also supported the establishment of a national training database, TRAINSMART that monitors who, where, and what trainings health workers receive.
Quality of Care Initiative
CDC and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), through HEALTHQUAL, support data-driven, facility-level quality improvement activities. The HEALTHQUAL project has reached 83 health facilities in 2014. Quality improvement strategies have been implemented at all ART sites in Zimbabwe.