Zambia SHARe II: Support to the HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia

Dates: 2010-2015

Country: Zambia

Client(s): USAID

Services: Technical Assistance, Program Development, Strategic Planning, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Health Care Financing, HIV, Infectious Diseases


HIV transmission in Zambia is predominantly through heterosexual contact, with a higher prevalence in women than men. Although HIV prevalence in adults (aged 15-49) declined from 15.6 percent in 2002 to 14.3 percent in 2007, the epidemic is by no means under control. In actuality, the absolute number of new HIV infections will increase as the population of Zambia continues to grow, given its relatively high growth rate (2.9 percent) and total fertility rate (6.2 percent).

The Support to the HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia (SHARe II) was a continuation of the work begun in 2004, and the overall assistance objective was to strengthen and support the mutisectoral response to HIV & AIDS in Zambia. The previous project built a solid foundation of systems, tools, communications, and information sharing and policies. This next phase of the project was focus ed on the continuation of enhanced assistance, with an emphasis on quality, equitable implementation, and leadership accountability, with an added emphasis on the documenting and sharing of best practices. The project was examining and working to address the structural drivers of HIV as well as the behavioral drivers of the disease.

SHARe II supported the Government of Republic of Zambia (GRZ)'s vision of "a nation free from the threat of HIV," and worked in partnership with the National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council, cooperating partners (including the Global Fund, UNFPA, DfID, and other bilateral, multilateral, and private sector partners), and other stakeholders to support efforts to mitigate the impact of HIV in Zambia.

Project achievements include:

  • Reached 11,490 people living with HIV with a minimum package of prevention with positives interventions between 2010 and 2015
  • 124% achievement rate in the number of most-at-risk-populations reached with individual and/or small group level interventions
  • Project activities provided capacity-building support to various levels of the Zambian Judiciary and Law enforcement agencies to appropriately manage HIV-related cases
  • Formulated and revised 3 national policies (National Alcohol Policy, National HIV/AIDS Policy, National Workplace HIV/AIDS Policy) and 20 sectoral HIV-related policies
  • Supported implementation of an HIV&AIDS program in 165 workplaces
  • Reached 334,604 people through individual or small-group prevention activities
  • 101,165 people received HIV testing and are now aware of their status
Read more about the Zambia SHARe II project's impact in the SHARe II Story Book: Celebrating our Successes and Sharing our Stories.

Learn how Zambia's local leaders were empowered to address the structural factors that drive HIV in their chiefdoms

 

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