The central/core message of the Zimbabwe Human Development (ZHDR) 2003 is 'the challenge of breaking the cycle of HIV infection
using the broadened multisectoral developmental response approach'.
The current Zimbabwe Human Development Report is the fourth publication in a series which started with
Poverty (1998), Globalization (1999) and Governance (2000). The theme for the Zimbabwe Human Development
Report 20031 on "HIV and AIDS" is most befitting. Southern Africa, Zimbabwe included, is the epicenter of the
epidemic. The report comes in to challenge the nation on the need to address the epidemic from a developmental
perspective in addition to the current largely biomedical response. In this respect, the Report explores extensively
the link between HIV, AIDS and development dynamics (both level and pattern of development). The Report
concludes that "reducing socio-economic vulnerability in the population at large is paramount to effective
combating of the HIV and AIDS epidemic".
The methodology of Human Development Reports the world over is to collect secondary information and
supplement it with primary information as far as possible to produce a coherent report to inform the policy
formulation process. Thus, National Human Development Reports are similarly designed to support national
governments and their development partners in their efforts to achieve sustainable human development. The
Reports also seek to strengthen national capacity for analyzing development dynamics and coming up with
effective strategies to address identified challenges. To that end, the current Zimbabwe Human Development
Report on HIV and AIDS, relies heavily on key research already done in various sectors of the country. Primary
research was carried out largely to verify already existing information.
It is hoped that this Report will help in the scaling up of the national strategies in Zimbabwe to combat the HIV
and AIDS epidemic. The ZHDR is, generally, an advocacy tool to remind the nation of its development priorities
as well as to alert the nation on emerging development challenges. As such, the Report is supposed to be an
effective tool for mobilizing the nation to ensure effective implementation of development programmes at all