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.