Zimbabwe, with an estimated population of 12.7 million people, is among the countries in sub-Saharan Africa most affected by the HIV epidemic. Given the urgent need for HIV-prevention options for women, a number of projects are underway to prepare for introduction of tenofovir gel should it be shown to be effective. One of these is a toolkit developed by the Population Council to assist policymakers and program managers in identifying the most strategic opportunities for introducing tenofovir gel. The toolkit includes three related components: a landscape analysis, a discussion guide for key opinion leader interviews, and a program planning tool. The landscape analysis, summarized in this program brief, includes a review of the epidemiologic context of the HIV epidemic along with a scan of key policies and programs related to HIV and most relevant to tenofovir gel. It draws on a desk review of peer-reviewed and gray literature as well as interviews with key decision-makers.
Population Council. 2014. "Setting the stage for ARV-based prevention for women: A snapshot of the Zimbabwean context," Program brief. Johannesburg and New York: Population Council.
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