The National Aids Council (NAC) has handed over 22 bicycles to the Hwange community, a move meant to ease transport challenges faced by its health ambassadors when carrying out their field work.
Of these, 10 were handed over to its Brotha 2 Brotha mentors while 12 were handed over to Community Adolescent Treatment Supporters (CATS).
NAC’s programmes officer Nehemiah Ndlovu, said the organisation had considered daily challenges the health ambassadors face when carrying out their mandate which needs movement within the district.
He urged them to take care of the bicycles which remained NAC’s property.
“Today NAC is handing over 22 bicycles, which will go a long way in addressing transport challenges which our cadres face when carrying out their operations in the communities. Please take care of these bicycles as they remain the property of NAC,” Ndlovu said.
Hwange district has a total of 102 community cadres including 60 behaviour change community mentors (BCCMs) that work with men through community sessions and 10 sista 2 sista mentors (who already have bicycles) that empower adolescent girls and young women on HIV prevention.
There are also 10 Brotha-2Brotha mentors that work with adolescent boys and young men in the community. Each mentor targets 50 club members in two groups.
The 12 CATS support adolescents living with HIV and also have one workplace champion stationed at OK and TM supermarkets, ZRP Dete, NRZ Hwange and Dete, Robins camp, Main camp, Hwange Local Board, Hwange Rural District Council and Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) Hwange. Indaba