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.
Since 2007, AHF Zambia has worked in collaboration with government and community organizations to expand testing and treatment programs in 12 districts. In 2009, AHF Zambia introduced a mobile testing unit to provide hard-to-reach communities with free HIV testing, treatment, and condoms. AHF Zambia 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.
AHF Zambia’s three stand-alone clinics are known for providing high-quality HIV treatment and services for about 14,307 clients as of 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 about 1.5 million people. Other services include laboratories and pharmacies. Additionally, AHF Zambia trains future healthcare workers to care and treat people with HIV/AIDS.
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