Youth against Aids: ZIMSA Youth Against Aids (YAA) are school-based sessions about HIV/AIDS held by ZIMSA in Harare, Gweru and Bulawayo. These sessions have increased the capacity of ZIMSA as a student organization and have expanded by incorporating mental health into the sessions. Although conducted in a classroom setting, the initiative aims to create a space for students to open up and talk about sensitive issues.
The sessions strive to move away from the old-school presentation and strict academic-oriented system of sexual and reproductive health education and to include fun and interactive games to create an interesting environment for the students to learn. The IMUNZI project has shown to be a tremendous motivational factor for medical students to become actively engaged in ZIMSA. It has also impacted many high school students who have enjoyed the educational and yet fun atmosphere provided by the trained medical students.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the project has started conducting online Youth Against AIDS sessions on WhatsApp which is affordable for most young people in Zimbabwe.