Increasing Men’s and Boys’ Access to HIV Prevention and Treatment in Zambia: Test and Treat through Community Insakas
YouthPower Learning Gender and Positive Youth Development (PYD) Community of Practice webinar
August 15, 2017, 10–11:00 a.m. (ET)
Guest speaker Raymond Havwala from the MenEngage Zambia Alliance discussed effective strategies to engage men and boys in accessing HIV care, treatment, and prevention at the community level.
- In order to achieve equality for women, men need to be part of the solution. Engaging men and boys is important in HIV prevention
- Many of the causes and consequences of STIs are related to gender norms and beliefs. Transforming non-equitable and violent versions of manhood and redressing power inequalities related to gender is critical.
- Through a participatory approach people can change “learned” behaviors when they are given an opportunity to reflect on the harmful effect of certain beliefs and actions.
MenEngage is an alliance of non-governmental organizations working together with men and boys to promote gender equality. Through their country-level and regional networks, the MenEngage Alliance seeks to provide a collective voice for the need to build and improve the field of practice around engaging men in achieving gender equality and advocating before policymakers at the local, national, regional and international levels. Mr. Raymond Havwala, from the MenEngage Zambia Alliance, will discuss effective strategies to engage men and boys in accessing HIV care, treatment and prevention at the community level. Mr. Havwala is a Male Involvement Specialist on the Test and Start Initiative with IntraHealth International (IntraHealth).
IntraHealth has been implementing the Test and Start Initiative, which aims to expand uptake of HIV testing services and antiretroviral treatment of boys and men (aged 15-29) who are possible partners of adolescent girls and young women in Lusaka, Zambia. Boys and men who test positive for HIV are initiated on antiretroviral treatment as part of Test and Start, while those who test negative receive access to HIV prevention services, including condoms and voluntary medical male circumcision. IntraHealth engages boys and men through peer community activists that use the Healthy Images of Manhood gender approach to realize gender equality, with a focus on positive cultural norms of masculinity, communication and HIV prevention and treatment education to promote behavior change.
Facilitator: Chisina Kapungu, co-chair, YouthPower Learning’s Community of Practice on Gender and Positive Youth Development
Speaker: Mr. Raymond Havwala, Male Involvement Specialist, MenEngage Zambia Alliance
About the Speaker:
Raymond Havwala is the founder of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Council of Zambia Men’s Network, which he created in 2005. Raymond has worked with the YWCA Council of Zambia since 2004; he served as their Programmes Coordinator from 2008–2010 and as the YWCA Men’s Network National Coordinator since 2010. Currently, Raymond is a Male Involvement Specialist on the Test and Start Initiative with IntraHealth International. As YWCA Men’s Network Coordinator, Raymond managed the Good Husband Campaign and the I Care About Her program and provided technical support for the Boys to Men Project Campaign and the Test and Start Project. These projects engage men and boys in gender-based-violence and HIV prevention.