Zimbabwe currently faces multifaceted political and economic crises which have manifested through the collapse of the Health and Education systems and high food insecurity; it is still important to provide continuous support for HIV and AIDS interventions. With an adult prevalence rate of 13.7% Zimbabwe is one of the five countries hardest hit by HIV and AIDS globally. An estimated 1,102,864 million people - one in five Zimbabwean adults - were living with HIV and AIDS in 2009 while approximately 66,073 people died of AIDS related causes.
It is estimated that 343,460 adults are in need of Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and 70% occupancy in health facilities is attributed to HIV and AIDS related illnesses. More than 35 000 children are in need of Anti Retroviral Therapy, but only 17 000 are accessing the life prolonging drugs.
AIDS is orphaning an entire generation of children as every fourth Zimbabwean child is orphaned, the second highest orphan rate in the world. Young people between the ages of 15 and 24 make up approximately half of all new infections, with girls and young women being particularly vulnerable. Targeting children and youth with key educational messages and providing the knowledge on how to prevent infection are therefore crucial issues in the long term fight against the virus.