Harare, May 27, 2021: In recognition of its 18th anniversary in Zimbabwe, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has announced the 2021 PEPFAR Heroes Award for outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful contribution towards Zimbabwe’s response to HIV and AIDS over the past 18 years.
PEPFAR has partnered with the Zimbabwe Network of People Living with HIV (ZNNP+) in a nationwide call for nominations of PEPFAR Heroes from around the country with a deadline of June 30. Eventually, 12 Heroes will receive the award during the World AIDS Day commemorations in December and the 2022 PEPFAR calendar will feature their work.
PEPFAR heroes — men and women — have gone above and beyond the call of duty to create an enabling environment for people living with HIV to access health related services. The winners of the award will receive a cash prize and will continue to work as advocates throughout 2022 and to make a difference in their communities as PEPFAR Heroes.
“The journeys of these unsung heroes and heroines have been long and difficult but, the good news is, we continue to build on what they started to improve programming especially as we try to close gaps in HIV prevention and treatment,” says Tatenda Makoni, the Executive Director of ZNNP+.
Want to nominate a PEPFAR Hero? Call the ZNNP+ Kutabila WhatsApp number (0734349479) or complete the online nomination form (PDF) and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org copying NyakwendeG@state.gov by June 30, 2021. Please find the detailed nomination guidelines (PDF) (Also available on www.znnp.org)
Over the past 18 years, PEPFAR has contributed more than $1.3 billion to the HIV response in Zimbabwe through a comprehensive package of prevention, treatment, and health support services. Today, more than 1.2 million Zimbabweans living with HIV receive life-saving treatment.
For more information, contact PEPFAR Communications Specialist Gay Nyakwende at NyakwendeG@state.gov .