Beginning in the mid-1980’s, JSI has worked to improve health systems in Zimbabwe. JSI’s first project in the country was the USAID-funded Enterprise Project, which improved and increased access to family planning services through private-sector health providers.
Since then, JSI has continued to be a leader in Zimbabwe in the fields of immunization—including new vaccine introductions—family planning, HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment, health and educational support to orphans and vulnerable children, maternal and child health and immunization, supply chain strengthening for life-saving health commodities, and research, monitoring and evaluation, among others. JSI works hand-in-hand with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) in support of activities implemented at national, provincial, district, and community levels.
We have contributed extensively to research on the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe through the AIDSTAR-One and AIDSFree projects. AIDSFree in particular assessed the impact of a peer counseling intervention on rates of adherence, retention in care, and virologic failure among HIV-infected adolescents in Harare.
JSI’s office in Zimbabwe was awarded the USAID Office of Science and Technology Pioneers Prize (2013) and named a finalist for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Supply Chain Innovation Award (2014) for its innovative Delivery Team Topping Up (DTTU) initiative, which provides a reliable supply of family planning and HIV and AIDS commodities to some of the hardest to reach areas in Zimbabwe.
JSI has also partnered with World Education to implement the Children First and Vana Bantwana projects, focused on strengthening proven programs and developing new models for care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Zimbabwe.