Funding Support for Research Projects and Microloans
In 2014, the ZATA Project started looking at new opportunities for helping Zimbabweans living with HIV.
First we sent out a request for research proposals from University of Zimbabwe faculty who treat, perform translational or clinical research and/or education patients with HIV/AIDS. After review of the submitted proposals by our panel of HIV scientists, we are happy to announce that two proposals were selected for funding. The details of the two projects are described below.
Stigma and Skin Disease among HIV-positive Adolescents in Zimbabwe
Tariro Makadzange, MD, DPhil and Khameer Kidia, MPhil
This proposed study will look at the psychosocial impact of chronic skin disease on adolescents living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and use this data to guide the implementation of programs to support adolescents living with HIV at Parirenyatwa Hospital Family CareCentre.
Khameer Kidia, MPhil
Spirometric changes in AIDS-Kaposi sarcoma patients with pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma being followed at Parirenyatwa KS clinic
Felix Donald Manyeruke
AIDS-associated Kaposi sarcoma has been the most common AIDS-related cancer in Zimbabwe and has been associated with poorer health outcomes and decrease quality of life along with higher mortality. The proposed study will look at whether current treatment for pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is associated with any improvement in pulmonary function and functional status.
UPDATE: In July 2015, Felix completed the project! Currently he is writing up the final report for his master's degree. This report will also be submitted to the ZATA Board upon completion. We are so proud of Felix and happy that ZATA could participate in this important research.
The Broccoli Project
The Sanning Foundation in Zimbabwe received microloan funds to assist 20 HIV women and men to establish a broccoli farm. The foundation was formed with the purpose of providing social and financial solutions for poor women in rural areas. A financial report was submitted to ZATA in July 2015 informing the ZATA Board that their efforts netted them significant profit from the sale of the broccoli. The Director the Sanning Foundation, Moreblessing Mutswiri, expressed interest in expanding the farming activities beyond broccoli to include chickens, beekeeping (honey production) or other related projects. The ZATA Board will continue with the Sanning Foundation to assist these entrepreneural Zimbabweans.
In October 2014, the first broccoli seeds were planted.
In February 2015, the first batch of broccoli will be harvested and ready for sale.