PEPAIDS, Zambia 77 images Created 4 Mar 2012
PEPAIDS is a UK-based NGO whose mission is to promote and preserve the health of people in Zambia through the provision of support for HIV/AIDS initiatives and the promotion of awareness of issues surrounding HIV/AIDS. PEPAIDS' local partner NGO is SAPEP, based in the Monze and Mazabuka districts of the Southern Province of Zambia. They work together to empower the rural youth of Zambia to mobilise their communities to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS. SAPEP works with a large number of AIDS Action clubs (AACs) who are trained by SAPEP project staff in subjects such as peer education approaches; gender, customs and traditions; antiretroviral therapy; and counselling. This training empowers the AACs to support the communities in which they are based in the fight against HIV and AIDS. SAPEP encourages AACs to start income generating activities with the goal of being self-reliant and self-sufficient in their mission to alleviate HIV and AIDS. PEPAIDS has designed its training programme to form a cascade in order to reach as many people as possible. Peer educators participate in Training of Trainers workshops, with skills being passed on to club leaders and club members in turn to benefit the wider community. The entire programme is designed to be sustainable, youth-focused, participatory and culturally acceptable.