WEMIHS was founded in the late 1990s by a small group of committed individuals who sought to improve the services and care to vulnerable households and communities living with HIV/AIDS. Their focus area was the then Central Province where there was almost nonexistent NGO/donor funded or even government initiatives for those aﬀected. At the time HIV/AIDS was only starting to be discussed openly and publicly and those infected were highly stigmatized and marginalized. Thus, the founders initially focused on increasing acceptance for those aﬀected and on prevention of the disease through information and education in the
Over the years, WEMIHS grew to become a well-established and respected NGO with a clear vision, committed management and dedicated staﬀ.
WEMIHS approach evolved organically, applying lessons learnt and incorporating issues arising from the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was through home-based care visits, for example, that it became clear that children were especially aﬀected by the epidemic. Many were caring for terminally ill parents even at a young age, and many were orphaned as their parents passed on. Consequently, it became clear that issues of children in households aﬀected by poverty and disease were complex and long-term and required enabling interventions. Hence WEMIHS’ current focus as stipulated in our mission is Healthy and Empowered Communities.
“Healthy and empowered communities”
“To improve the quality of life of vulnerable individuals and households by building their capacities to identify and address health and development needs.”