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About

Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Project (ZAPP) is a local, non-profit making organization whose purpose is to promote public health through evidence-based program implementation in Zimbabwe. The organization is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals, families and communities that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and TB.

ZAPP has a board of trustees responsible for governance and management of the organization. Their mandate is to ensure that appropriate governance structure and strategies are in place. The board of trustees is made up of 5 members (2 executives and 3 non-executive members).

Professor Simbarashe Rusakaniko- Executive Director
Professor Frances Cowan
Dr Gerard Kadzirange
Dr Lynda Stranix-Chibanda
Mr John Mutonono

The organizational management functions are to ensure that policy directions are put in place and the services to the communities and families are effectively run. These activities are generally delegated to executive members and management. Further, the management team ensures that there is good internal control systems and annual audit of financial statements are done by external auditors.
On a quarterly basis the board of trustees sit to deliberate on policies to ensure compliance with all relevant legislation for effective implementation of the policies. A compliance report forms part of management report to every board meeting and the report assists the board to ensure that governance responsibilities are being met.

Goal: To improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and TB in Zimbabwe

Mission: To be a center of excellence in implementation, research and evidence-based programming

Vision: All preventive efforts are translated to a healthy population including the poor and the vulnerable

ZAPP has implemented several projects as follows:

Children Tariro Orphan and Vulnerable Children Program – The Programme is funded by USAID through Family AIDS Caring Trust (FACT). The overall goal of the Children Tariro Program is to mitigate the impact of TB, HIV and AIDS on Zimbabwe’s Children by enhancing the sustainability of care and support services for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. Through the project we have managed to reach out to the most vulnerable children who have been affected and affected by TB and HIV

Families and Communities for the Elimination of HIV – This program was implemented in Chitungwiza and in 4 districts of the Midlands Province. It was funded by USAID. The goal of the projected was to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and TB in Zimbabwe. We managed to establish the mHealth systems that assisted with monitoring of TB and HIV patients and contacts in the community. Through the program we managed to reach out to artisanal miners, ex-miners and their families in the surrounding communities.

Friendship Bench Project – The project is a mental health programme funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) and PEPFAR: A cluster randomized control trial of a brief psychological intervention in a high HIV prevalent population. Through the project, more than 3,000 suicides have been averted in Harare, Gweru and Chitungwiza. The results have been included in the National Mental Health Strategy by the Ministry of Health.

Behaviour Change – The Behavioral Change (BC) project was core funded by United Nations Family Planning Agency (UNFPA) and Global Fund through National AIDS Council. The Regai Dzive Shiri (RDS)-BC Project implemented the national behaviour change strategy in 7 districts of Masvingo Province. Through the project we were able to create an enabling environment for behavior change through increased community leadership and gender.