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Organization Contact Information

Name: The Union Zimbabwe Trust
Street 1: 13 Van Praagh Avenue
Street 2: Milton Park
City: Harare
Province: Harare
Post Code:
Country: Zimbabwe
Phone: +263 242 705191
Organization Email:
Web Site:
Other Online Presence: Facebook: The Union Zimbabwe Trust. Twitter: @UnionZimTrust

Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Mr
First Name: Jephiter
Last Name: Tsamwi
Title: Communications and Liaison Officer
Phone: +263 712518535

Alternate Focal Point Contact Information

Salutation: Dr
First Name: Christopher
Last Name: Zishiri
Title: Director
Phone: +263 782 798244

General Information

Board Constituency: None
Is your organization legally registered in your country: Yes
If yes, please enter your registration number: MA299/2019
Organization Type - Primary: Non-Governmental Organization
Organization Type - Secondary: Other Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Organization Description:
The Union Zimbabwe Trust (UZT) is a local not for profit organization, legally registered as a Trust, registration number MA 299/2019

UZT exists to promote innovative public health solutions by developing, implementing and evaluating tuberculosis, lung health and non-communicable disease programmes within the framework of national public health priorities in Zimbabwe. The organisation has been operating in the country since 2009 as the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung
Disease (The Union).

The Union Zimbabwe Trust has been working with the National TB program offering technical, managerial and financial support towards the TB response. The organisation is involved from the planning, implementation and evaluation of various interventions in the TB response, mainly focusing on finding missing TB patients, TB-HIV integration, political commitment, programmatic management of Drug Resistant TB, monitoring and evaluation as well as research and surveillance.

Guided by the organisation's strategic plan (2020-2024), UZT's goal is to work with the National TB Programme to accelerate progress towards the elimination of tuberculosis and management of associated co-morbidities and to contribute to prevention and management of selected NCDs in Zimbabwe

UZT's vision is "Health Solutions for All"
Do you know about the UNHLM declaration: Yes

Specializations / Areas of Work

Civil Society and Community Engagement
Delivery of health services and care
Engaging political leaders and ensuring inclusive leadership
Provision of drugs, diagnostics and commodities
Research and Development
Technical Assistance
Working on Community, Rights and Gender (CRG)
Working on Key Populations related to TB

Other Organization Information

Total number of staff in your organization: 11 - 25
Number of full-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 11 - 25
Number of part-time staff who are directly involved with TB: 0
Number of volunteers who are directly involved with TB: 1 - 5
How did you hear about the Stop TB Partnership: Stop TB communications
If you were informed or referred by another partner of the Stop TB Partnership please tell us who:
Why do you wish join the Stop TB Partnership: Involvement in Stop TB Working Groups
Are you a member of a Stop TB national partnership: Unknown
Are you in contact with your national TB programme: Yes
Please tell us how your organization is contributing to your country's national TB control plan:
We offer technical, managerial and financial support to the NTP. We are involved right from planning, project implementation and evaluation of their various work in the TB response

Geographical Reach

Which country is your headquarters located in: Zimbabwe
Which countries do you do operate in:
(This includes countries you are conducting activities in)


Please tell us how your organization will contribute to the Global Plan to Stop TB by briefly describing its involvement in any of the areas of work listed below:

TB Care Delivery:
We are currently working with communities to increase awareness on TB and encourage positive health seeking behaviours. Through monthly community discussion forums we are targeting traditional leaders, faith leaders, traditional healers, high risk community representatives as well as Village Health workers.
We conduct World TB Day celebrations at national to lower level where we use the platform to advocate for an enabling environment and a patient centred approach in the delivery of TB services. We conduct radio discussion guides to share knowledge, trends and researches on TB with the communities. We produce various IEC material for the community on TB-HIV-DR-TB as well as diabetes
We are working with members of parliament and we coordinated the establishment of a national TB caucus in 2016. Annually we hold an advocacy meeting with parliamentarians to increase domestic funding and to lobby for social protection schemes for our TB patients

Drug-Resistant TB:
We have assisted the National TB program to set up gene xpert machines and connected them through the GX ALERT. Almost all machines are now connected to the GX Alert. We are currently providing hearing aids to clients suffering from hearing loss as a result of the old regimen.

we introduced a TB-HIV integrated care model that has seen over 40 facilities being turned into these care centres across the provinces. We have also incorporated Diabetes as we realise that our TB patients are at risk of getting Diabetes and vice versa

Laboratory Strengthening:
We have a dedicated courier service that helps in the movement of specimens from primary health facilities to diagnosing centres. We cover 40% of the health facilities through our specimen transport system

New TB Drugs:
We are working with the NTP on the introduction of the new drugs and regimen. A pilot had been done and patients are now being enrolled on new drugs. We are to start rolling out the TB preventive treatment (TPT) to replace the traditional IPT that was being used for prevention

Fundamental Research:
We conduct TB-HIV research and carry out the SORT-IT course every year in partnership with other partners to improve evidence based research for improved policy and implementation of the TB response


Declaration of interests:

Application date: June 28, 2019
Last updated: February 1, 2021