Afya Mzuri, Lusaka, Zambia
Afya Mzuri, which means "Good health" in Swahili, is a local Zambian NGO specialising in the implementation of HIV prevention and wellness programmes in workplaces and their host communities across Zambia. It was started in 2000. The head office is in Lusaka, with a satellite office in Kitwe and Choma. A resource centre provides the latest information, including videos, on HIV/AIDS for members; in addition, a proposal was being circulated for an information, education and communication materials element covering printed material and videos in related areas where none are currently existing.
The primary strategic and operational aim of Afya Mzuri over the next five years is to build upon its known expertise in the collection, management and dissemination of HIV and AIDS materials in Zambia via an expanded central Resource Centre and enhanced provision of decentralized information services. This expansion will include one of remit, strategically linking HIV and AIDS to the related issues of TB, STIs, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Malaria, while providing extensive repository, archive and materials distribution facilities, together with comprehensive database and web services. Afya Mzuri aims is to reduce HIV and STD in the workplace. In the course of the next six years, its aim is to put in place 35 work health programs.
Links to the health workforce crisis
Afya Mzuri is among those targeting the sector with workplace-based training on prevention. It is the only institution specialised in the implementation of HIV and AIDS work place programmes in the district of Choma. It also runs a well-stocked HIV and AIDS resource centre, which was providing valuable assistance to various organizations in their research work. Its core work is centered on a workplace and community unit. In addition, it is looking for support for a research and capacity building unit to conduct research surveys and train Zambians in data collection techniques. Afya Mzuri is also planning to set up a care and support unit to support company clinics and has a doctor visiting next year under the UK government’s Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) initiative to help with that.
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