HIV and AIDS in Zambia
Concerted efforts have been made to respond to HIV epidemic in Zambia. Over the course of carrying out interventions, policies, strategies and programmes have been improved in tandem with Global best practices, to the extent possible with the resources that could be marshaled and in the context of the cultural, political and socio-economic challenges. The generalized HIV epidemic in Zambia is such that all prongs of interventions should be at full scale and half measures in some areas would cause little overall impact to be made in reversing the epidemic.
UNDP has been involved in the HIV&AIDS response in Zambia since the mid-1980s, when the first case of HIV was first identified in the country. UNDP works together with other UN agencies in Zambia on the UN Joint Programme on HIV&AIDS. Established in 2007, Zambia was one of the first countries in the world to have a United Nations Joint team on HIV&AIDS.
The new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2011-2015) focuses on (i) scaling up prevention to enable the reduction of new infections by 50%; (ii) scaling up antiretroviral treatment to adults and children; (iii) developing and implementing social protection policies to mitigate the impact of HIV & AIDS among vulnerable groups; (iv) and the coordination of a harmonized multi-sectoral response to HIV & AIDS. UNDP actively support the fourth pillar of the national response framework.
UNDP works to prevent the spread of HIV infection and reduce its impact. As a co-sponsor of UN Joint Programme, UNDP helps countries put HIV&AIDS at the centre of national development and poverty reduction strategies; build national capacity to mobilize all levels of government and civil society for a coordinated and effective response to the epidemic; and protect the rights of people living with HIV&AIDS, women, and vulnerable populations also by offering knowledge, resources and best practices from around the world.
UNDP and National Partners
UNDP works with different partners. Key among them are the Ministries of Health, Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Ministry of Local Government and the National AIDS Council. UNDP is also part of the Cooperating Partners Group on Health and HIV&AIDS. In this platform, partnerships have been built with key Cooperating Partners such as DFID, US Government, Irish Aid, Swedish AID, and DANIDA. UNDP also has strong partnerships with some local and international civil society organizations, including SHARE II, Alliance of Mayors and Municipal Leaders’ Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level (AMICAALL), Population Council and Churches Health Association of Zambia as well as academic institutions in Zambia.