In the Media Zimbabwe (ZIMPHIA)
Over the past four months, a familiar refrain was heard throughout the cities, towns, and villages of Zimbabwe. The ‘Knock Knock’ song, which was instrumental to the success of the first Zimbabwe Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (ZIMPHIA) survey, heralded the new survey and with the message of a new chance for the country to take stock of what has been achieved towards controlling its devastating HIV epidemic.
Turning the Corner on the HIV Epidemic: New PHIA Survey Results Announced at CROI 2017 Show Progress in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia
Newly released findings from national HIV surveys in Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia reveal extraordinary progress in confronting the HIV epidemic. These three countries in Southern Africa have been heavily affected by HIV and now there are encouraging signs that the epidemics are going in the right direction.
Preliminary results from the PHIA Project are now available for Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia, and the news is excellent.
The Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Project, which relies on laboratory testing of blood samples as a core component, is providing answers to these questions. Led by ICAP at Columbia University, the PHIA surveys will assess the HIV epidemic in 13 select countries located primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Fieldwork is nearly complete in three countries, with ten more national surveys to follow over the next two to three years.
“Knock Knock Knock” is a catchy and up-tempo song, with sunny Afro-jazz beats and a hard-to-forget jingle. More than a hit song on the airwaves of Zimbabwe, it is also an essential tool for public health promotion. (Watch the video, below.)
Before the PHIA survey teams begin to knock on household doors, community workers visit selected communities, known as enumeration areas, to help community leaders and members understand some of the sensitivities that surround HIV and to strengthen support for the survey.
After weeks of training and preparation, PHIA survey teams are on the ground in Zimbabwe and Malawi, equipped with tablet computers and wearing brightly colored t-shirts emblazoned with survey logos.
Harare, Zimbabwe—Due to global efforts to respond to the epidemic, millions of people are receiving HIV treatment and services.