The National Strategic Framework for HIV and AIDS (NSF) 2010/11 – 2015/16 defines how we as Namibians – all sectors of society at all levels – are going to respond to HIV and AIDS in the next six years. In developing a National HIV Strategic Framework (as opposed to another Medium Term Plan - MTP), Namibia has shifted the planning paradigm from focusing on service delivery only, to understanding how the service delivery efforts will lead to changes in the lives of the targeted audiences, and therefore impact on the epidemic itself. In so doing, Namibia has identified national priorities and articulated national targets (results) that all stakeholders will collectively contribute to. In this new strategy, we have mainstreamed gender and human rights in the implementation, and monitoring and evaluation strategies.
Namibia National Strategy and Action Plan for the Elimination of new Paediatric HIV Infections and Keeping Their Mothers Alive 2012/13 - 2015/16
The eMTCT strategy runs four years from 2012/2013 and the final reporting period will be 2015/16. Indicators for monitoring the progress of the implementation of the eMTCT strategy are clearly defined and partners are obligated to monitor their pace of achievement using the agreed indicators depicted here. The success of this eMTCT strategy depends on the commitment of all line ministries, development partners, NGOs and communities investing in HIV prevention and care, maternal and neonatal health in the country.
AIDS Care Trust (ACT), one of the two organisations whose programme is described in this report, implemented programmes in the Khomas and Omusati regions in Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb, Windhoek Rural and Okahao constituencies. A second organisation, the Namibia Women’s Health Network (NWHN) implemented its programme in Khomas region, specifically in Katutura and in the rural town of Dordabis.
Namibia National Guidelines for Antiretroviral Therapy, Second Edition, April 2007, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Directorate of Special Programmes
HIV and AIDS & Treatment Literacy: Namibia Survey 2008: Main Report, July 2009, FHI et al.
The aim of the HIV and AIDS and Treatment Literacy (HTLS) Survey 2008 was to gather information from health care workers (HCW's), people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), and children of HIV positive HIV and AIDS support group members, on HIV and AIDS-related issues for the purpose of project planning. The PLWHA sample included HIV-positive members f the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Quantitative data was athered on a range of issues including diagnosis and provision of treatment, access to and means of conveying information on ART, adherence to treatment, discrimination by HCWs, disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners, condom use, PLWHA having children, the concept of “Positive Living”, and social support for HIV positive individuals. Quantitative survey work was carried out during October/November 2008. Five focus group discussions with children of HIV positive HIV and AIDS support group members were held during October 2008. A key objective was to learn more about children whose parents are HIV positive, and who may also be infected themselves such as their level of awareness concerning their own and/or their parents’ status, as well as their own priorities and concerns.
This study was commissioned and supported by Family Health International/FABRIC , NawaLife Trust, Positive Vibes, the Social Marketing Association, and The Rainbow Project in Namibia.