Since 2004, U.S. government through PEPFAR has partnered with the government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health (MOH) and National HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Council (NAC) in coordinating a national HIV response. In fiscal year 2019, Zambia received $385 million dollars for programs targeting HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and health systems strengthening in support of Zambia’s achievement of the 90-90-90 HIV epidemic control goal. For fiscal year 2020, Zambia will receive over $421 million dollars to continue to grow and support these programs. Since its inception, PEPFAR Zambia has received over $4 billion dollars (over 52 billion ZMW) in support of the HIV program in Zambia. PEPFAR Zambia has funded HIV testing services for more than 8.4 million Zambians, supported more than 1.2 million voluntary medical male circumcisions, and provided support for almost 900,000 orphans, vulnerable children, and their caregivers. Today PEPFAR Zambia, supports more than 920,000 Zambians with lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, who if they continue to take their medicines can live long, healthy lives and prevent the spread of HIV. (Learn more here about Undetectable=Untransmittable)
PEPFAR supports program delivery by funding five U.S. government agencies in Zambia to endorse a single strategy and implement one program, led by the Ambassador. These are: Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (HIV/AIDS Prevention Program DHAPP (DoD ), Department of State (DoS), and Peace Corps (PC).
PEPFAR Zambia also supports a small grants program which funds projects related to the care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), HIV prevention, and the promotion of democracy and governance in Zambia’s HIV response systems. Since 2010, the PEPFAR Small Grants Program has supported local Zambian organizations working at the grassroots level, to improve the HIV response in their communities. This is a highly competitive initiative designed to assist community and faith based organizations with innovative projects that help propel Zambia to reach HIV epidemic control by 2020.