HIV/AIDS in Zambia:
More than one million people are living with HIV in Zambia. Most new infections are a result of heterosexual sex and mother-to-child transmission. Zambia has made progress in reducing the prevalence of HIV in the general population and in increasing access to treatment. The government and partners are aware of the social, economic, and political impacts of HIV/AIDS and has made universal access to HIV prevention services and treatment a major strategic goal.
AHF in Zambia:
Since 2007, AHF Zambia has worked in collaboration with government and community organizations to expand testing and treatment programs in twelve districts. In 2009, AHF Zambia introduced a mobile testing unit to provide hard-to-reach communities with free HIV testing, treatment, and condoms. AHF created the Provider Initiated Counseling and Testing (PICT) program in 2012 to increase HIV testing. The program trains volunteer counselors who conduct testing at inpatient health clinics. AHF Zambia is focused on expanding geographically, training more healthcare workers, and further developing the infrastructure of current sites. By April 2017, the program provided care and treatment to 65, 585 clients and that likely to steadily grow.
Patient- Centered HIV Care & Treatment:
AHF Zambia’s three (3) stand-alone clinics are known for providing high-quality HIV treatment and services for about 14, 307 clients as of mid-April, 2017. AHF’s mobile testing units provide free rapid HIV testing and condom distribution in public places such as markets and bus stations. The program has also partnered with local organizations to offer door-to-door testing and counseling, and link those who test positive to care. Since 2010, AHF Zambia has distributed about 11 million condoms and tested about1.5 million people. Other services include laboratories and pharmacies at all AHF sites. Additionally, AHF Zambia trains future healthcare workers to care and treat people with HIV/AIDS.
HIV Testing, Prevention, and Advocacy:
AHF Zambia has increased its effort to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by expanding its mobile services. AHF Zambia, in collaboration with some Community Based Organizations, have jointly conducted outreach programs in Lusaka and other selected areas, in which volunteers go door-to-door offering free HIV counseling and testing to every member of the household. This program has drastically increased the number of people who are tested and linked to care. Since 2009, AHF Zambia has actively participated in worldwide campaigns coordinated by AHF such as International Condom Day and World AIDS Day. AHF Zambia also worked with the Ministry of Health to create a Medic Training Program to train students as HIV-expert medics. The HIV Medic program has been officially recognized by the Health Professional Council of Zambia (HPCZ).
Specific programs include Prevention, Treatment and Care and Condom Programing.
AHF Zambia works with numerous international and national organizations to provide HIV/AIDS care and treatment from the following locations:
Chifundo Clinic, Plot No. F/737/37, Chipanda Road
Offgreat North Road Chiasa, Tel: 260-973-7237
Lusungu Clinic, Tel: 260-973-7237
Sikanze Hospital, Tel: +260-961-132154
Chisamb a Clinic, Tel: 260-975-420263
Kapiri Urban Clinic, Tel: 260-977-397902
Nkumbu Clinic, Tel: 260-979-459904
Katondo Clinic, Tel: 260-977-527774
Kasanda Clinic, Tel: 260-979-459904
Ndeke Village Hospital, Tel: +260-973-366887
Buchi Small Clinic, Tel: +260-979-094840
Kamitondo Clinic, Tel: +260-975-549285
Kwacha Clinic, Tel: +260-972-286378
Twatasha Clinic, Tel: +260-977-616146
Garnatone Clinic, Tel: +260-966-856867
Kimasala Clinic, Tel: +260-977-484737
Choma General Hospital, Tel: +260-978-511186
Shampande Clinic, Tel: +260-973-043479
Batoka Clinic, Tel: +260-977-403394
Chikankata Mission Hospital, Tel: +260-979-258088
Kafue Gorge Clinic, Tel: +260-966-568275
Monze Mission Hospital, Tel: +260-977-517503
Monze Urban Clinic, Tel: +260-977-484500
Manungu ART Clinic, Tel: +260-954-326646
Maheba A Clinic, Tel: +260-967-114032
Siavonga District Hospital, Tel: +260-977-321022
*ZAMBIA HEAD OFFICE
Plot No. 32, Bishops Road, Kabulonga, Lusaka, Zambia, Tel: +260-211-846365
AHF Zambia has been working to control the country’s AIDS epidemic since 2002, and has since formed fruitful partnerships with the WHO, Humana People to People and local health programs like the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Council (NAC) and the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ).
Currently, AHF Zambia operates in seven districts throughout the country – Chikankata, Monze, Choma, Lusaka, Kabwe, Kitwe, Nkumbu and Solwezi – where they provide treatment and care through five government/mission-supported sites and one clinic exclusively operated by AHF in the capital city of Lusaka. In 2009, a mobile testing program was introduced in the country, which allowed AHF Zambia to send mobile testing units (MTUs) into communities that were too far for people to visit clinics for testing, identify people living with HIV there, and support their linkage into care. Condoms were also freely distributed through this mobile prevention program.
In 2011, AHF Zambia’s efforts to geographically expand their service offerings began, which saw increased outreach to a wider array of communities to enrol more clients into care, as well as a multitude of construction and renovation projects on new and existing clinics, including the construction of AHF’s state-of-the-art ART clinic in Lusaka’s Chaisa area. Thanks to this rapid expansion – including the care offered through the new of the Meheba and Twatasha sites – allowed AHF Zambia to enrol 5,796 patients into care in 2013 alone.
In October of 2013, AHF Zambia and Humana People to People agreed to collaborate on an effective outreach program in which trained providers visit communities in Zambia’s southern province and go door to door offering free HIV counselling and testing to every member of the household. Those who test positive are then linked into care with their nearest clinic. Through this program and other testing efforts, 90,394 Zambians were tested for HIV in 2013, of which 7,577 tested positive (an 8.4% positivity rate). Supporting outreach and screening efforts with specialized education, AHF Zambia has worked with the Ministry of Health to implement a focused “HIV Medic” program at Chainama College.The program was successfully registered with the Health Professional Council of Zambia (HPCZ) in January 2013, and in July of that year the first formalized class of 20 students training to be HIV-expert medics was enrolled at the Chainama College of Health and Sciences. In May 2014, AHF Zambia opened the Chifundo Clinic, a state-of-the-art healthcare center built from the ground up, in the capital city of Lusaka.
AHF Zambia supports 15 Ministry of Health/mission sites located in Southern, Copperbelt and Northwestern provinces and exclusively runs two indigenous AHF clinics in Lusaka, namely Chifundo Clinic located in Chaisa and Lusungu clinic located in the CBD.
According to Zambia Health Demographic survey (ZHDS) 2014, 13 percent of adults age 15-49 are infected with HIV (15 percent of women and 11 percent of men). A comparison of the HIV prevalence estimates from the 2001-02, 2007, and 2013-14, ZDHS surveys indicates that HIV prevalence among adults in Zambia has decreased over time (from 16 percent in 2001-02 to 13 percent in 2013-14. HIV prevalence increases with age, peaking at 23 percent in the 40-44 age groups and declines thereafter. The percentage of respondents who are HIV positive generally increases with increasing education and wealth.