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Sex work in Zimbabwe

by Admin
08 Aug 2015 at 23:00hrs | Views
The HIV Prevention Project in Zimbabwe supports the national sex work programme "sisters with a voice", which aims to reduce HIV acquisition among female sex workers and reduce HIV transmission to their clients. The programme has set up mobile and fixed clinics for sex workers only, where they receive sexual reproductive health (SRH) services including HIV prevention by specifically trained nurses. Since 2009 more than 11,000 sex workers accessed SRH services of the programme whereof 6,219 are new sex workers mobilized for services. Alongside the health services, activities involve working with the victim units of the police, journalist, lawyers for legal advice and training and health care workers with the aim of improving the treatment of sex workers more broadly. Most of the sex workers were mobilized through peer educators and meet regularly to discuss health and other issues targeting their daily life. The programme is implemented by the partner organisation 'The Centre for Sexual Health and HIV AIDS Research' (CesHHAR) and UNFPA Zimbabwe. Together a documentary was developed in later 2011 to document testimonies of sex workers in Mutare, the border town to Mozambique. The video was launched in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe at the World AIDS Day 2011 and has since been successfully used to raise awareness on sex-worker friendly service provision among nurses and other people such as in the workplaces. The real stories from sex workers help to reduce stigma and discrimination and increase acceptance of sex workers as any other client visiting health services.