Zambia is still one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The alarming poverty and chronic malnutrition indicators are joined by yet another alarming figure: the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which affects 17% of the population. Zambia is the country ranked sixth highest in the world in terms of the number of HIV-positive people, a problem that primarily affects the productive generation, diminishing their capacity for development and jeopardising the future of the country.
Comic Relief, Vegfam
Key figures of the country
Population: 11.9 million
Life expectancy : 40 years
HDI : ranked 165 out of 177
- Nutrition and HIV promotion: Increased access, services and awareness of health and nutrition issues for people living with HIV and AIDS: community awareness of the link between good nutrition and Anti Retroviral Therapy (ARTs) in HIV/AIDS, improved access to health care services, increased access to counseling services, through workshops, theatre activities, radio programmes and school debates...
- Health campaign in nutrition and HIV/AIDS through a variety community activities: media sessions and food demonstrations.
- Training of VCT counsellors
- Supporting CINDI’s Advocacy activities (awareness, engaging with parliamentarians, engaging with local and national stakeholders…)
- Supporting orphans in early childhood education centre with supplementary feeding and growth monitoring
- Creation of community based organisations to identify and address HIV/AIDS affected families in food security and health needs
- Assisting the poorest families in each community with income generating (vegetable gardens, small business) activities, focused especially on those orphans and carers of orphans and people living with HIV/AIDS
- Rearing of rabbits and poultry for self-consumption and sale
- Training of 122 people in organic farming techniques at Maposa Farm.
- Training and coaching our local partner CINDI in project and organisational management
- Technical support in food security, nutrition and HIV/AIDS