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2019 Zimbabwe: UNICEF Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Programme mid-term evaluation

Executive summary


To assess the extent to which the progress of the HIV programme achieved its targets as well as to provide a learning opportunity to inform decisions on continuation and/or reshaping of programme design and strategies.

UNICEF Zimbabwe contracted hera (www.hera.eu) to conduct the mid-term evaluation of the current HIV/AIDS programme. The evaluation was carried out from January-June 2019. The UNICEF Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Programme is a five-year programme that commenced in 2016 and will run until December 2020.


The three main programme output objectives are:

  • Output one: Increased national, provincial, district, facility and community service delivery capacity to provide essential rights- and gender-sensitive HIV information and services for women, children and adolescent girls and boys, including in humanitarian situations.
  • Output two: Strengthened leadership, commitment, accountability and capacity for evidencebased equity-focused planning and budgeting for scale-up of HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment interventions for children and adolescent girls and boys.
  • Output three: Enhanced capacity for children, adolescents and caregivers to adopt behaviours that empower them to prevent HIV and facilitate utilisation of relevant HIV and AIDS services.

The overall objective of the evaluation was to assess the extent to which the progress of the UNICEF Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Programme has achieved its targets and to provide a learning opportunity for future efforts by UNICEF’s HIV team. The evaluation reviewed and assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and sustainability of the programme and provided specific recommendations for eventual new strategic directions, focused targets and scaling-up plan, in the context of UNICEF’s Strategic Framework for HIV in Eastern and Southern Africa (2016).


The evaluation adopted a mixed-methods approach: primary and secondary data (both qualitative and quantitative) were collected through literature and document review, review of statistical and financial data. interviews with key informants (44 men, 35 women), site visits to health facilities, and group discussions (12 held, with HIV-positive adolescents, mothers of HIV-positive infants, young men, village health volunteers and community elders). Approval for the evaluation was obtained from the Ethical Approval Committee of the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe (MRCZ). Five districts were selected to be visited: Gweru, Mangwe, Hopley, Zvimba and Buhera.

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Report information

Year: 2019

Country/Office: Zimbabwe

Region: ESAR

Type: Evaluation


Language: English

Sequence #: Zimbabwe/63/2019/8966

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