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Community Leaders as Change Agents for HIV Activities in Kalomo District of Zambia

Eridge Simukanzye, Duffrine Chishala Chibwe, Doris Siamaimbo, Deon Siachilimbu
Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Cape Town, South Africa


February 23, 2015
The Zambian government envisions active participation of rural communities in health interventions. To support this goal, the USAID-funded, Abt-led Zambia Integrated System Strengthening Program (ZISSP) targeted Kalomo, a district with higher HIV prevalence (15%) than national and provincial rates, aiming to engage communities to improve HIV-related service uptake. 

The strategy of promoting community-owned plans and including local leaders in Kalomo District successfully increased uptake and awareness of HIV services. Sustainability of HIV-related behavioral interventions requires additional community orientation with behavior change strategies and income generation projects.