Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) STARS

Responding to gender-based violence with young women living with HIV in Zambia

PATA has partnered with the University of Cape Town and Kabangwe Creative Initiative Association (K.C.I.A.) in a gender-based violence (GBV) project in Zambia. This collaborative project aims to co-develop and test a GBV-focused package that will up-skill peer supporters and clinic mentors to screen young women living with HIV (YWLHIV) or at risk of, and experiencing, gender-based violence and connect them to services.

GCC STARS will test a GBV package called Screen & Support (S&S) and will integrate PATA’s Clinic-Community-Collaboration (C3) model to guide conversations around experiences of violence and mapping resources to effectively respond to violence.

GCC STARS builds upon the previous Ask-Boost-Connect-Discuss (ABCD) project implemented in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia which is aimed at improving access to mental health and psychosocial support for young mothers living with HIV.