The Angola Military HIV Prevention Program
The April 2002 peace agreement ended the war in Angola bringing an opportunity for promoting HIV prevention; however, it also increased the threat of the spread of HIV due to greater population mobility, demobilized military, and the return of refugees from neighboring countries where the prevalence of HIV is as high as 24.0%. The rate of infection in Angola is estimated to be a low 2.1% (UNAIDS, 2011.); however, conditions that exist inside the war-torn country as well as the relatively high prevalence in neighboring countries such as Namibia (13.4%), Botswana (23.4%), Zambia (12.5%) and Congo, (3.3%) place it at serious risk for an HIV/AIDS catastrophe and make HIV prevention in Angola a priority.
For over a decade, Drew Cares International has partnered with Charles Drew University (CDU), to support the Angolan Armed Forces (Forças Armadas Angolanas or FAA) in their fight against HIV/AIDS. The commitment has focused on taking the lead in implementing HIV prevention programs, setting up VCT centers, training medical personnel in HIV epidemiology and conducting focus groups and surveys to assess local knowledge and perceptions about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Our prevention programs reach more than 40,000 Angolan military personnel each year.
DCI provides the necessary administrative, financial, and structural support to enable CDU to interface primarily with the policy-makers of the Health Division of the FAA and secondly with health service providers at the bases and military facilities in the field to address these challenges by providing technical support and guidance. The deliverables highlighted in this report build upon the following priorities and past accomplishments of this collaboration:
Program Priorities (on-going)
DCI's Role in Angola