In January 2016, AHF and the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care signed a memorandum of understanding to implement programs aimed at supporting the national health strategy through various aspects of HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment care and community services. The initial phase involved the setting up of Centers of Excellence at Parirenyatwa and Mpilo Referral Hospitals.
Zimbabwe is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa most affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Although new infection rates and AIDS-related mortality rates are declining, there are areas of high HIV transmission which include border districts, areas of increased populations (growth points, peri-urban settlement), small-scale mining areas, fishing camps and commercial farming settlements.
In 2016, an estimated 1.3 million Zimbabweans were living with HIV, out of the 13.8 million total population. An estimated 40,000 new HIV infections occurred in 2016. Gender prevalence amongst adults (15-49) shows women at 16.1% compared to men at 10.7%. Out of the 1.3 million Zimbabweans living with HIV, approximately 980,000 are on treatment.
Sources: UNAIDS 2016 estimates, CIA World Factbook 2016
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