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Managing district multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS initiatives in Zambia

Michael Chanda, MD, Support to the HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia Project (SHARe), 1st Floor Football House, Alick Nkhata Road, PO Box 51185, Ridgeway, Lusaka, Zambia, 230-1-255-617, mchandaug@yahoo.com

There is increasing recognition in the public health community that the role of local institutions in driving HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment initiatives is critical to the achievement of national (and international) service delivery goals. Despite the multiplicity of donors and of funds, however, many local institutions have not been able implement programs or access resources. In order to decentralize the institutional response and increase access to resources for HIV/AIDS programs in rual communities, the Zambian Government has encouraged the development of District AIDS Task Forces (DATFs). DATFs are district-level associations of political, community and NGO leaders that work in partnrship to coordinate local HIV/AIDS activities. The USAID-funded Support for HIV/AIDS Response in Zambia Project (SHARe) has been assisting DATFs to improve their ability to develop strategic HIV/AIDS plans driven by local concerns and priorities and leverage resources for local programs. This presentation will share the process used in building the capacity of DATFs to construct effective strategic plans, build consensus among diverse stakeholders, and to access resources for local HIV/AIDS programs. It will demonstrate the relationship between local-level strategic planning and HIV/AIDS program expansion by drawing from experiences in 18 different districts in Zambia.

Learning Objectives: Learning objectives

Keywords: Community Programs, HIV/AIDS

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Topics in HIV/AIDS II

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA