More than 6 000 families in Muzarabani are in need of food aid according to reports. As a result, most adolescent girls end up getting married early while some indulge in risk behaviour so as to make ends meet. This, however, put the young girls at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs). Zimbabwe AIDS Prevention Support Organisation (ZAPSO) Programmes officer for Muzarabani, Gondai Dekeza had this to say
ZAPSO is part of the multispectral and multi-sectoral approach in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In this area we have more than 6000 people who are food insecure. This concerns us in that it contributes towards increasing risk behaviour by adolescents. As you are aware we have farming communities in this area. These areas are concentrated and most people in these areas dropped out of school due to various reasons. As a result, they indulge in risky sexual behaviours.
Most adolescent girls get married early and expose themselves to HIV and AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted diseases (STIs).