NAC reviews, renews strategic framework

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NAC reviews, renews strategic framework


Lusaka, Feb 10/14, ZANIS—The National Aids Council (NAC) has embarked on the process of reviewing and extending its 2011-2015 National Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (NASF) to 2016.


NAC Chairperson, Joshua Banda, disclosed that the move to review and extend the NASF programme by a year is to allow it to be in conformity with the country’s Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP).


Bishop Banda said the development will also give further directions connected to the country’s national development plans aimed at maintaining HIV and AIDS on a broad development agenda.


ZANIS Reports that Bishop Banda said this in an interview at the just ended National Aids Council and Cooperating Partners Retreat held in Chisamba.


The retreat was held under the theme “Renewal of commitment and Dedication to Enhanced Coordination of the National HIV and AIDS response”.


Bishop Banda said the retreat has helped to strengthen NAC’s mandate of providing effective leadership in HIV response through improved coordination.


And Bishop Banda has expressed happiness with the world recognition Zambia has received through its evidence based multi sectoral approach to the response against the AIDS epidemic.


The 2013 joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) progress report acknowledged Zambia’s impressive record in reducing new HIV infections.


Bishop Banda has since reiterated NAC’s commitment to build on the current gains and successes by sustaining a predictable and a more coordinated national HIV response as enshrined in the laws of Zambia.