The Zimbabwe Youth Tackling HIV

On the 21st of March 2019, Restless Development Zimbabwe under the Peak Youth Tackling HIV commemorated International Woman’s Day.

Maxwell Changombe is the Sexual Rights Program Coordinator for Restless Development-Zimbabwe. He coordinates the Peak Youth Tackling HIV project which seeks to see young people in peri-urban informal settlement empowered with knowledge and skills to make better sexual health decisions. The project aims to inform young people on preventing HIV and accessing youth friendly health services.

The 2019 International Women’s Day Commemorations was a chance to celebrate strides that are being made in the developing world to achieve gender equality. Our Motto for the day at Restless Development was #Better the balance, Better the world.

Restless Development Zimbabwe commemorated the belated International Women’s Day on the  21st of March 2019 in Ushewokunze at Chigwende – The event was coordinated by the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Program Coordinator Maxwell Changombe and young leaders led by team leaders Marshal Muresherwa and Kudzai Mutemeri.

The event was aimed to facilitate health services for young people especially young women and girls and the community at large. The community has no health facility and Restless Development coordinated services from different partners including Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council, Population Services Zimbabwe, Childline , Hope for Adolescent, ZICHIRE, National AIDS Council, Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community development, the District Administrator’s office and the Ministry of Youth , Sport, Art and Recreation.

The event also gave young women from the community the oppourunity to  exhibit and market their income generating projects they conduct in the community such as broiler keeping as well as Internal Savings and Lending schemes.

The event was held under the project Peak Youth Tackling HIV which empowers young people with knowledge and skills to make better decision about their sexual reproductive health and increase uptake of services.

Here are some of the best photos from the day!

Hope for Adolescent field officer explaining how reusable pads and menstrual cups works during the IWD commemorations.

Our young leader Diana explaining to a young mother ways to avoid and detect gender based violence in the community.

Our young leader Mercy explaining to young girls the benefits of knowing your status early at the event.

Young mother receiving HIV Testing during the event from one of our partner ZNFPC.Other services accessed included,cervical cancer screening ,jadelle and loop insertions.

Aerial view  of partners setting up in preparations of the event.

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The Zimbabwe Youth Tackling HIV

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