THE World Bank has disbursed US$87 000 to six Zimbabwean organisations which took part in the Country Development Marketplace competion to come up with local initiatives in the fight against HI
V and Aids.
The competition was launched by the World Bank’s country office for Zimbabwe last year. The competition seeks to empower organisations and local communities to find their own solutions to assist in the fight against HIV and Aids.
The winners in the competion were Alois Haene Memorial Trust in Gweru, Deseret International Zimbabwe, Youth Alive Zimbabwe in Mutare, Development Aid From People to People in Zimbabwe, National Blood Transfusion Service in Mutare and Student Partnership Worldwide.
Acting country manager for World Bank Zimbabwe, Sudhir Chitale, said their institution was strengthening its commitment to HIV/Aids initiatives in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi through the Country Development Marketplace competition.
Chitale said the iniative was aimed at giving NGOs and local communities solutions to fight HIV and Aids on their own.
“This was an initiative to give the opportunity to NGOs, local communities and groups to bring to life their own solutions to this fight,” Chitale said.
Chitale urged all winners to be guided by the sub-theme: “Turning Ideas into action – thinking outside the box.”
“We are relying on your home grown ideas to help mitigate the impact of HIV and Aids,” Chitale told the winners.