Project profile — Simba Utano: Equality and Dignity for Girls and Young Women in Zimbabwe


ICASO - International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (CA-CRA_ACR-2895549178)
2019-10-29 - 2023-09-30
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Zimbabwe (100.00%)


• Basic Health: Basic health care (12220) (20.00%)
• Population policy and administrative management:
Population policy and administrative management (13010) (40.00%)
STD control including HIV/AIDS (13040) (40.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to improve the health of adolescent girls and young women at risk of HIV in priority districts in Zimbabwe. Based on the concept of Simba Utano, which means “health is power” in the Shona language, the project increases knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV prevention among vulnerable adolescent girls and women, as well as their families and communities. The project also works with health service providers and others to build their capacity to provide quality, gender-responsive services and to build a supportive environment to strengthen HIV response in the project area. Project activities include: (1) establishing networks of trained peer educators/community leaders to provide information about SRHR and HIV prevention; (2) training health workers on gender-transformative and adolescent-responsive SRHR and HIV approaches; (3) training health facility managers and health officials on integrated SRHR and HIV services; and (4) enhancing knowledge management of SRHR and HIV response in order to strengthen HIV response.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased utilization of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV services by vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in priority districts of Zimbabwe; and (2) enhanced integration of SRHR and HIV services and policies for vulnerable adolescent girls and young women in priority districts of Zimbabwe.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2023 include: (1) produced a training manual on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) aimed at providing clear information to young people, particularly adolescent girls and young women; (2) provided information sessions and guidance to 5,624 young people (5,123 women and 501 men) about SRHR; (3) produced a training tool kit on gender- and adolescent-responsive sexual and reproductive health care services aimed at facility-based health workers; and (4) trained 390 facility-based health care providers (309 women and 81 men) on how to deliver gender- and adolescent-responsive sexual and reproductive health services.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
17-04-2023 Disbursement $83,001
01-03-2024 Disbursement $99,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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