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Zimbabwe: The Power of Peers - an Adolescent Idea for Managing HIV Rises

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Zvandiri is a life-changing peer-to-peer programme of Africaid that started in Zimbabwe and is helping to improve adherence to antiretroviral medication among children, adolescents and young people and thus promoting viral suppression.

The Government of Zimbabwe has replicated the programme in 51 of its 63 districts and integrated the services into its national health system.

Zvandiri, which means "as I am" in Shona, started as a support group for six HIV-positive adolescents in Harare in 2004 to develop skills for growing up with HIV. Today, around 1200 trained, mentored adolescents and young people living with HIV, known as community adolescent treatment supporters, or CATS, primarily provide

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