HIV and mental illness are significant global public health concerns in Zimbabwe. A coordinated and comprehensive response, particularly between HIV treatment, care, and support services and mental health care can improve health outcomes among people living with HIV. In collaboration with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Care and Support and Treatment Technical Working Groups, AIDSTAR-One is implementing a pilot activity that will integrate mental health and harmful substance use screening, counseling, and referral into HIV treatment and care sites in Zimbabwe.
This report analyzes AIDSTAR-One's implementation of an integrated mental health and HIV pilot activity in Zimbabwe. While the mixed-methods assessment addressed areas of the program to strengthen, it determined that integrating mental health care services and substance use screening tools into routine HIV care was feasible.