- The Essence of Partnerships for ZAN:
Notwithstanding the decline in HIV prevalence rates in Zimbabwe, the growing challenges of a maturing HIV epidemic, where more HIV positive people require increased support and care, have been greater than predicted, and so too has been the impact of the epidemic on social capital, population structure and economic growth. Added to this is the increased general disease characterized by emergence of NCDs and huge strain of TB on an ailing health delivery system. The health budget continues to miss the Abuja target. No one institution, on its own, can a response to HIV, TB and other NCDs on a scale commensurate with the challenges, the essence of partnerships for ZAN become self-evident. Nothing less than a sustained social mobilization, through strategic and mutually reinforcing partnership arrangements is necessary to nullify the threat of HIV, TB and related NCDs. In view of this reality, ZAN will continue to work with a wide range of partnerships to contribute towards the achievement of its vision and mission. At national level, response to the HIV, TB and related NCDs, challenge is optimized if there is maximum coordination among the partners and stakeholders involved. To leverage resources and have the maximum impact on the national response to HIV, TB and related NCDs, ZAN believes that all parties must strive to target and synchronize their programmes and interventions on the priority needs of the affected communities, so as to achieve more harmony and synergy, and avoid wasteful and unnecessary duplication of effort. Under this strategy, ZAN will explore and pursue mutually beneficial and reinforcing partnerships, guided by its comparative advantages and the need to optimize relationship benefits.
- Partnership within ZAN Membership:
ZAN is complex country-wide network with diverse membership cutting across different groupings or categories. The wide diversity within the network presents a unique opportunity for partnership arrangements among the different categories of ZAN membership. On the basis of these strengths, ZAN will continue to explore and nurture partnership opportunities based on the different membership categories, profiles, geographical locations, local talent, different thematic area and funding absorption capacity of members. This strategy will emphasize mentorship as another important form of partnerships between members at different stages of development and programming capacities.
- Government Ministries and Other Departments:
As in the past, ZAN will continue to work closely with relevant Government ministries and departments, in her efforts to contribute meaningfully towards effective national response to HIV, TB and Cancer. Key partnership arrangements will be forged with the Ministries Health and Child Welfare; Youth, Gender and Employment Creation; Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Local Government; as well as Government departments such as the National AIDS Council (NAC), TB Unit, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA), and others. Partnership with Government and other national institutions ensures that ZAN’s strategy is aligned to national strategies and priorities on the fight against HIV and TB. With regards to NAC, ZAN will participate actively in NAC activities and implementation programmes, as well as making strategic use of NAC structures throughout ZAN chapters without duplicating efforts. ZAN will also explore innovative resource mobilization strategies through partnerships with Government Ministries and Departments. ZAN will also work with local leadership such as traditional leaders, Members of Parliament, Resident Ministers and other politicians, whose involvement, support and buy-in are crucial for successful NGO operations.
- Strategic Funding Partners:
Over the years, ZAN has continued to work with a number of strategic and funding partners, through bi-lateral, multi-lateral and basket funding arrangements. In the past, ZAN’s key strategic partners included SIDA, CIDA, VSO, Progressio, GTZ, Irish Aid, Global Fund, CCM, ESP, UNDP, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNIFEM and other United Nations Agencies. Other partners also include, HDN, SAfAIDS, SANASO, International Alliance, as well as other regional and international organizations. The UNDP and CCM remain pivotal in accessing the Global Fund. In this strategy, ZAN will continue to engage in mutually beneficial relationships and collaborative programmes with these key strategic partners, for the realization of its Vision and Mission. ZAN will also endeavour to forge new relationships and partnership arrangements with other potential partners such as PEPFAR, DFID, USAID and other biggest donors in the country, in order to unlock more resources to support new and expanding programmes.
- Other Partners:
At the local level, ZAN will also work with other national organizations who are contributing to the HIV, TB and Cancer response, such as NANGO, Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals (ZACH), Cancer Association, HOSPAZ, ZNNP+, ZBCA, Local Authorities, PAC, private sector entities (such as mines and corporate bodies), and other entities with interest in broader health issues such as Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children, Women’s Action Group and Community Working Group on Health (CWGH).