The CBHA (Community Based HIV and AIDS) Programme is volunteer driven and aims at alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe with the assistance the Society receives from its partners – Danish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies through the consortium. The programme also receives material support from the National AIDS Council and UNICEF to mention a few.

The National Society is implementing an integrated HIV and AIDS programme in which it is focusing on prevention activities, the care of orphans and vulnerable children, treatment, care and support for PLWHA and advocacy.
To achieve its goals, the National Society has a committed team of volunteer care facilitators, youth advisors, peer educators and staff who deliver quality health care services to the communities with full community participation. Programme activities are conducted in line with the programme goals and objectives.
ZRCS Community Based HIV & AIDS Programme Objectives

  • To reduce the rate of HIV transmission
  • To improve the quality of life of people infected and affected by HIV & AIDS
  • To improve the quality of life of orphans and children made vulnerable through HIV and AIDS.
  • To increase production and consumption of a variety of nutritious food for HIV affected households and infected individuals

As of August 2007, the CBHAP is reaching 19 188 PLHVA, a total of 96 000 Households with 1 500 volunteer Care Facilitators and 1 805 active Peer Educators.
The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society is piloting an ART programme in two districts (Chivi and MT Darwin) in Zimbabwe. The National Society is working with its partners in collaboration with the MOH and CW. The Society is a volunteer driven and its role in the implementation of the programme is to mobilize the communities through information dissemination on treatment literacy, adherence monitoring and support to the clients (PLWHA).