To broaden relevant information on legal issues, health as well as care and support available at the health facility and in the community
Summary Description of your Organization
Umguza AIDS Foundation (UAF) has been pursuing the rights of key populations for nearly 15 years now. This is due to the background of the organization. UAF was founded in 2003 as a committee for teachers who were keen to address child sexual rights violations. Orphaned and vulnerable child protection were the key activities of the organization when AIDS -related deaths were at their peak in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa as a whole. Now those vulnerable girls are teenagers; some are also getting into the sex work. Some of their male counterparts are young men who have sex with other men but are doing so under an environment that is stringent and heavily constrained by prejudice, stigma and discriminatory community norms and values. Sexual abuse in traditional settings meant the abuse of girls and awareness creation on boys becoming MSM or being abused is widely denied and considered taboo. Teachers are being reported in the media and appearing in the courts for sexual offences on boys in their classrooms, a clear indication that these teachers are MSM and resort to sexual violence due to lack of support and due to policy failures. Prevention, treatment, care and support activities for young MSM and sex workers has been heavily hampered by this lack of policy framework. That is why the organization decided to embark on advocacy and research that is aligned to brokering key populations access to health services.