Family Health Trust (FHT) was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organisation that provides a holistic response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. It was one of the earliest AIDS Service Organisations in the country established just few years after the first case of HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in Zambia. Since then FHT has made considerable contributions to health care service provision and response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. FHT has also inculcated the reading culture in schools through text books distribution throughout the country, supported OVCs with educational materials, empowered orphans and vulnerable youths and widows in life skills and income generation activities. FHT ... read more Family Health Trust (FHT) was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organisation that provides a holistic response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. It was one of the earliest AIDS Service Organisations in the country established just few years after the first case of HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in Zambia. Since then FHT has made considerable contributions to health care service provision and response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. FHT has also inculcated the reading culture in schools through text books distribution throughout the country, supported OVCs with educational materials, empowered orphans and vulnerable youths and widows in life skills and income generation activities. FHT contributed significantly in the establishment of the National AIDS Council and in the formulation of national guidelines and other AIDS Service Organisations in Zambia. FHT has a compliment of full time members of staff, full time volunteers and part-time community volunteers. Operationally, FHT carries out its activities as an umbrella organisation of three distinct programmes namely: i) The AIDS Action Programme (AAP) is an education for prevention programme whose goal is to promote safer lifestyles among children and young people in order to contribute to the prevention of further spread of HIV. The project targets youths and children both in and out of school. This programme was formerly known as "Anti AIDS Programme". The programme also houses the dance4life project which aims at pushing back HIV and AIDS through music and dance. The Programme has recently begun the rebranding exercise called "AIDS ACTION CAMPAIGN" aimed at re-activating the Anti-AIDS Clubs to AIDS Action Clubs in all schools in Zambia. This was launched in October 2011. ii) Home Based Care (HBC) Programme - The Home Based Care programme facilitates provision of physical and psychological care to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in partnership with the community for improved quality care. The programme offers holistic clinical care, social support, HIV counselling and testing and nutritional support through provision of nutritional, psychological and social support to PLWHA who are on Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART). The programme also carries out sensitisation of Tuberculosis. iii) Children and Women in Distress (CWINDI) Programmes. The goal of the Children and women in Distress Programme is to intervene in partnership with the community, to enable them realise their potential. Recognising the burden of orphan-hood, child vulnerability and widowhood in general, CWINDI helps build capacity in families and communities to absorb the extra burden of care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). This programme was formerly known as Children in Distress (CINDI). CINDI is still a Family Health Trust Brand. II. Vision, Mission, Goal and Objectives FHT Vision's is "A nation free from the threat of HIV and AIDS" Mission is "To contribute to the prevention of the further spread of HIV and AIDS and to the provision of an integrated care and support response to the infected and affected persons in Zambia." Goal/Objectives: AIDS Action Programme - To promote safer lifestyles among children and young people in order to contribute to the prevention of the further spread of HIV and AIDS. To promote reading culture among the youths in and out of school. To empower youths in life skills education To promote the provision of Youth Friendly Health Services Home Based Care (HBC) To facilitate the provision of physical and psychological care to HIV, HIV counseling and testing and AIDS patients in their homes To provides nutritional support, medical and psychosocial care direct to those infected and affected and to those not receiving treatment in partnership with the community. To offer holistic clinical care, social support, counselling and nutritional support to the clients registered by the programme. Children and Women in Distress (CWINDI) To improve the quality of life of children and women in distress and enable them to realize their potential in partnership with the community. To empower OVCs with educational support To build capacity in OVCs To empower widows with Income Generation Activities To build capacity of widows in the communities. To advocate for the rights of women and children Governing Board of Trustees FHT is governed by a Board of Trustees which gives policy direction and leadership. The Board is currently composed of Hon Dr Martin Malama, Professor Elywn Chomba, Dr Rodger M A Chongwe, Mrs. Cecilia L M Shikoki, Ms Estella Mbewe and Mr Joseph Ngulube. However, the day to day running of the Trust is entrusted with the management team led by an Executive Director. Activities Under AAP i. Production dissemination and sharing of IEC materials ii. Social Behavioural Communication Change among children and youths iii. Peer Education and Life Skills iv. Provide health services and counselling through the Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) in schools v. Providing Computers, TV, DVD to YHFC in schools vi. Children and youths borrowing books and browsing on internet in the Knowledge Network Centre (KNC) vii. Inculcating reading culture in schools through the book distribution to various schools, colleges, universities and public libraries viii. Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among youths through Youth Friendly Health Services. ix. Dance4Life which is a youth based programme designed to push back HIV and AIDS through the power of music and dance. Under HBC i. Building skills in people living with HIV ii. Economic empowerment Strengthening of prevention of mother to child transmission in the communities iii. Counselling and Testing for HIV iv. Clinical care, physical, social and nutritional support v. Advancing health rights and advocacy on TB in Zambia Under CWINDI i. Economic empowerment and livelihoods support to women and OVC households ii. Capacity Building to women and OVC iii. Provide educational support and life skills to OVC iv. Child and Women Protection rights
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