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UNZA' s response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic

In 2003, the University established a standing committee to coordinate its response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Chaired by Dr Mary Shilalukey Ngoma, of the School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, the composition of the Committee is multidisciplinary and multisectoral, including researchers, lecturers, students, and administrators in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Institute for Social and Economic Research, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
To date, the Committee has successfully advocated for the establishment of a VCT and ARV treatment programme at the University Clinic with international financial support, conducted a campus-wide consultative process, under the leadership of Ms Anitha Menon of the Psychology Department, culminating in the adoption of an institutional policy, raised funds for the establishment of a full-time office with its own dedicated building,
and commissioned a number of surveys of student and staff attitudes and practicesrelated to the prevention, treatment and care continuum of response to HIV and AIDS.
More details about the activity programme of the Committee and its full-time Secretariat can be found on the relevant page of the University of Zambia website: www.unza.zm