HOPE Harare was established in 2002 with the assistance from Johnson & Johnson. This was in response to the increasing ef¬fects of HIV in the suburban areas of Zimbabwe and Harare in particular. It was realised that HIV and AIDS were affecting the economically active popu¬lation especially those in employment who often missed the HIV/AIDS infor¬mation as they will be away from home when the peer educators made rounds in the residence.
HOPE Harare realised the gap and thus initiated the workplace program meant to benefit the employees in Msasa In¬dustrial area and the surrounding com¬munities. A higher ratio of the working population in Msasa Industrial area mainly resides in Mabvuku and Tafara high density suburbs.
Upon the realisation that the working population needed complementing activ¬ities, Hope Harare expanded the pro¬gram to Mabvuku and Tafara residential communities in the second phase that started in 2005¬ – 2008.
HOPE Harare engaged in community out¬reach programs which have seen people in Mabvuku and Tafara benefiting the same HIV and AIDS information from HOPE Harare.
HOPE Harare has contribut¬ed to the bigger picture where the preva¬lence rate has declined to 14.3% nationwide in 2010 through its contribution to the 3 thematic areas which are: I) Health Services, II) Outreach Programs and III) Opinion Forming activities. HOPE Harare takes credit for contributing to improving the HIV prevalence in Harare through its Johnson & Johnson funded intervention.
Currently HOPE Harare is situated at No. 22 Hunyani Street, Old Mabvuku, Harare
Training and mentoring sex workers in behavioral change
15 commercial sex workers have been trained in behavioral change strategies and are now actively involved in condom promotion thus manning condom outlets. The same group besides carrying out condom promotion, they have since started working on a candle making project and cross boarder trading as a source for income rather than concentrating on commercial sex activities.
Involvement of youth
HOPE Harare has since recruited 25 out of school youth to learn basic skills in using computers. This is a way of keeping the youth busy such that they avoid indulging in early sexual activities. Besides training them in computer skills, they are manning youth centres in Mabvuku and Tafara, where youth meet and educate one another on social issues including the dangers associated with early sexual activities.
Training of Positive Living
Training of the Positive Living Club members has helped to improve care giving to PLWHA. Of those who went for testing and tested pos¬itive, 45 of them have come out and gave tes¬timonies regarding their HIV status and shar¬ing their experiences at gatherings.
4 of the Positive Living Clubs have initiated the carrying out of routine visits to PLWHA in Mabvuku and Tafara. During the weekly visits, they share their experiences with the people in the household thus gearing them up for the care of those who are HIV positive or are suf¬fering from AIDS. They also provide counselling to the affected and infected people in the household with those who are HIV positive.
Training of Peer educators
30 Peer educators drawn from various companies in the Msasa Industrial area to spearhead activities related to HIV and AIDS. Several companies within the workplace like the idea of having their employees educated on HIV and behavioral change issues. Some of the companies such as Zimphos are actively involved in condom distribution and is one of condom outlets.
We have organized cleaning actions in Mabvuku and Tafara as part of making our operational environment free from spreading preventable disease like typhoid and cholera that has hit some parts of Harare. Targeted areas for this action were clinics and shopping centres.