In 2011, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) was a vital component of Zimbabwe’s National Health Strategy and the Zimbabwe National Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS (ZNASP 2010-2015). The PMTCT program aimed to eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015, and keep mothers, children and families alive by implementing PMTCT services based on the four prongs of WHO’s comprehensive approach. The FACE-Ped HIV project was designed to work with the MOHCC to strengthen and expand access to Zimbabwean services for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and provi-sions for pediatric AIDS care and treatment throughout Zimbabwe. In response to the “PEPFAR Pivot”, that rationalized USG technical assistance and eliminated duplication of effort, and focused USG support in the districts with greatest epidemiological need, FACE-Ped HIV transformed into FACE-HIV, a project supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) to provide comprehensive HIV/TB services in 22 PEPFAR priority districts in five provinces in the southern half of Zimbabwe.
TMG assessed the project performance since the PEPFAR Pivot & the broadened scope from the FACE-PED HIV project; recommended any necessary design changes and help guide implementation during the last year of the project to maximize results; and informed future project design. TMG used a snap-shot cross-section design to answer the descriptive and normative questions about FACE-HIV Project achievement. Field data collection was in Zimbabwe in September and October 2016. A variety of descriptive and normative evaluation methods and approaches were used to collect and analyze information relevant to the evaluation objectives, and questions outlined in the Scope of Work, including: 1) Review and Analysis of Background Materials; 2) Review of USAID SIMS Assessment reports; 3) Site Visits; 4) Key Informant Interviews; 5) Focus Group Discussions; and 6) Reanalysis of Secondary Sources.