AAH Zambia programme was launched in 2001 initially to manage a refugee management programme supported by UNHCR in Kala and Mwange Camps in Northern Zambia. The programme, which ran for 10 years, benefited over 45,000 refugees mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since 2012, AAH Zambia has also been managing an urban refugee programme based in Lusaka. AAH Zambia recently has begun expanding its programming, working with both refugees and host communities to implement environment, HIV/AIDS and maternal health activities particularly in Kawambwa District in Luapula Province. We work in Kawambwa District and Lusaka.

Projects

Current Projects

For the last five years (2011-2015), AAH Zambia has been implementing the Urban Refugee Project through provision of social, health and psychological services to vulnerable urban refugees. The organisation aims at improving the livelihood of some of the most vulnerable population groups among them the chronically ill, elderly, single mothers, unaccompanied and separated children and the disabled (special cases), SGBV survivors and People living with HIV/AIDS among others. Over the years, AAH Zambia has provided social support to refugees in the four outreach centers namely; (Chawama, George, Kanyama and Mandevu) including protection services to 407 asylum seekers that were accommodated at Makeni Transit Centre. This was achieved by using Community Based Approaches that involved refugees and other stakeholders (UNHCR, COR and AAH-I).

For the last five years (2011-2015), AAH Zambia has been implementing the Urban Refugee Project through provision of social, health and psychological services to vulnerable urban refugees.

The organisation aims at improving the livelihood of some of the most vulnerable population groups among them the chronically ill, elderly, single mothers, unaccompanied and separated children and the disabled (special cases), SGBV survivors and People living with HIV/AIDS among others. Over the years, AAH Zambia has provided social support to refugees in the four outreach centers namely; (Chawama, George, Kanyama and Mandevu) including protection services to 407 asylum seekers that were accommodated at Makeni Transit Centre. This was achieved by using Community Based Approaches that involved refugees and other stakeholders (UNHCR, COR and AAH-I).

The project, whose aim was to contribute to the reduction in the number of new HIV infections in Kawambwa district was funded by USAID in collaboration with ZPI and CMMB and was implemented in four areas namely: Munkanta, Mushota, Mufwaya and KTC.

Its areas of focus were biomedical intervention, counseling and testing and door to door approach for easy access to CT services as an entry point to other HIV/AIDS interventions. Other non-biomedical activities to reduce HIV transmission were also put in place for instance community sensitization on dangers of alcohol and substance abuse, ABC+ and focus on Most at Risk Populations such as commercial sex workers, uniformed personnel and mobile workers. AAH Zambia received support from local leaders; clinic in charges and volunteers who played a key role in messaging for key audiences. By the end of project period majority of the audiences had been reached with messages on CT, alcohol, ABC+ and targets met.

Achievements as of September 2015

To date, 1,023 ANC (Antenatal Care) visits have been conducted. Additionally, 1,669 pregnant women have been provided with HIV/AIDS services. Furthermore, 1,553 women have been provided with FP (Family Planning) services. Also, 829 deliveries in have been conducted in health facilities by skilled staff. Lastly, 5,652 people have been counseled and tested.

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