- Nearly one in four children in Zimbabwe has lost one or both parents; as many as 85% of these are children who lost their parents as a result of HIV and AIDS.
- An additional 6% of children in Zimbabwe are considered ‘vulnerable’ due to factors like high poverty, disability, harmful cultural norms, and gender bias.
- An estimated 168,000 children currently live with HIV, and more than 500,000 children are estimated to be out-of-school.
- Adolescents and out-of-school youth often lack the skills they need to become successful adults. As a result, they are more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
In Zimbabwe, Bantwana helps vulnerable children and families access critically needed services. Our innovative models of care are based on existing community structures and address children’s comprehensive needs. Bantwana strengthens the linkages and referral systems between community and government health and social service providers, and has worked closely with the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a national case management system.
Bantwana also offers innovative youth work readiness training, comprehensive gender-based violence prevention and survivor programming, and extensive pediatric HIV testing and treatment. Bantwana trains community cadres in health, social protection, and education to support vulnerable children and caregivers and to link them to health, education, protection, and livelihoods services.
- DREAMS Core
- DREAMS Innovation Challenge
- National Case Management System
- Second Chance Education
- Expanded Integrated Management of Pediatric HIV and AIDS Care and Treatment (E-IMPACT)
- Vana Bantwana (OVC Comprehensive Care)