Phakamani Moyo emerges as the PEPFAR Heroes Award Winner

by Sharon Mautsi

Phakamani Moyo, a Peer Counselor working with Paediatric Adolescent Treatment Africa at United Bulawayo Hospital (OI) also the founder member and current programs Coordinator for Friendly Service Delivery for Adolescents and Youth- a youth led community based organization that supports SRHR. Moyo emerged as PEPFAR Heroes Award Winner due to his extraordinary work in the community and at clinical level.PEPFAR in recognition of its 18th anniversary in Zimbabwe, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has awarded 12 individuals with 2021 PEPFAR Heroes Award for outstanding individuals who have made a meaningful contribution to Zimbabwe’s response to HIV and AIDS over the past years.

Moyo serves to empower peer supporters to be effective advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights,link peer supporters with technical resources and tools to increase their visibility. Moyo is also a Social and Economic Justice Ambassador with ZIMCODD, where he pushes issues of 15% of the national budget allocation to health this has been his main issue for the government to allocate enough funds to health sector.
He said he is grateful for being the PEPFAR Heroes Award Winniner and for all the support and recognition for the work he is doing with young people. Moyo said thanks to United Bulawayo Hospital (OI) clinic for allowing young people to take part in the HIV response, enabling young people to implement these initiatives that bring changes to our facilities, and community at large.

As a PEPFAR ambassador he will work towards bridging the gap for the boy child. “There is an urgent need to re-strategize our programming to create an enabling environment for the coexistence of an empowered girl child and a boy child who is well groomed and prepared to exist in such a society”, said Moyo.

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