Community groups as ‘critical enablers’ of the HIV response in Zimbabwe

Study Title: Community groups as ‘critical enablers’ of the HIV response in Zimbabwe

Authors: Skovdal, M., Magutshwa-Zitha, S., Campbell, C., Nyamukapa, C., & Gregson, S.

Abstract: The Investment Framework for a more effective HIV response has become integral to discussions on how best to respond to the HIV epidemic. The Framework calls for greater synergy and attention to factors that serve as ‘critical enablers’ and optimise HIV programmes.  This paper argues for recognition of informal and indigenous community groups as ‘critical enablers’ of the HIV response. This qualitative study was conducted in Matobo district of the Matabeleland South province in Zimbabwe. It draws on 19 individual in-depth interviews and 9 focus group discussions conducted by local researchers in September and October 2011. Data was thematically analysed.

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