Zimbabwe: Young people on the front lines of HIV/AIDS

Oxfam partner the Matabele AIDS Council (MAC), through its “Young People We Care” program, helps influence attitudes and change behaviours.

HIV prevalence rates across Zimbabwe dropped from 24.6% to 20.1% over a two-year span. Why? There is a change in sexual behaviour, including less casual sex, waiting to have sex and consistent condom use, particularly among young people.  

Oxfam partner the Matabele AIDS Council (MAC), through its “Young People We Care” program, helps influence attitudes and change behaviours. The program, run on a volunteer basis by young women and men, offers services like home-based care and assistance with funerals. It ensures youth are involved in reducing the risk of HIV/AIDS and exposes young men to many chores traditionally regarded as “women's” work.

MAC also works with community agricultural extension officers to create and operate small, easily maintained gardens producing crops with high nutritional value for families living with HIV/AIDS.