CRS in Zambia


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CRS Work in Zambia

CRS Programs in Zambia

Health Programs

CRS' health programs in Zambia support the lives of people affected by HIV and AIDS. The pandemic presents both devastating health problems and major social and economic challenges. The agency's health programs therefore include a broad spectrum of services, from community support and care to clinical treatment that meets the diverse needs of our clients, both those living with virus and those affected by it. Many CRS programs focused on HIV and AIDS work through the support of the American people via the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

AIDSRelief — Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)

Through AIDSRelief, a five-member consortium, CRS delivers medicines and quality medical care to people living with HIV and AIDS. AIDSRelief works through the rural network of the local Catholic church and the rural missions hospital network of the Churches Medical Association of Zambia. CRS also supports community education programs about HIV and AIDS and teaches people about the importance of a balanced diet and adherence to treatment.

SUCCESS-RTL — Scaling Up Community Care to Enhance Social Safety Nets-Return to Life

The SUCCESS Program provides quality care to chronically ill people through home-based care providers and hospices. Under this model, skilled nurses take key leadership roles to help implement projects, working with a force of trained local volunteer caregivers. SUCCESS focuses on rural provinces where demand outpaces available health services.

People living with HIV

With the "return to life" associated with antiretroviral therapy people living with HIV are looking at a new future.

RAPIDS — Reaching HIV-Affected People With Integrated Development and Support

RAPIDS is a consortium of six partners — World Vision, CRS, Africare, the Salvation Army, Expanded Church Response and CARE International — that uses a broad approach to HIV and AIDS programming to assist chronically ill clients and vulnerable children. Patients receiving home-based care get nutritional and medical assistance, counseling and timely referrals to relevant health centers. Home-based care clients have been connected to projects focused on agriculture and food security, and some have been linked to ART in the Ndola and Livingstone dioceses. The RAPIDS program also provides considerable support to orphans and other vulnerable children, offering services ranging from providing educational materials to schools, to providing health referrals.

Food Security and Livelihoods

Large parts of Zambia's population suffer from chronic hunger, unable to meet their everyday nutritional requirements, and the AIDS pandemic only intensifies their need. CRS' food security and livelihoods programs aim to address these issues. C-FAARM — Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security, Agriculture and Nutrition, AIDS, Resiliency and Markets C-FAARM is a five-year project run by CRS, CARE, World Vision and Land O' Lakes International Development that helps vulnerable communities in six districts in southern and western provinces of Zambia. The project addresses underlying causes of chronic hunger in targeted rural areas by increasing food security and community resiliency. C-FAARM promotes diverse and sustainable agriculture activities, improves access to markets, encourages improved child nutrition and health practices, and helps communities conduct risk assessments to increase their ability to respond to shocks.

LISAR — Livelihood Initiative in Support of Agriculture Recovery

LISAR helps create lasting improvements in livelihood security for impoverished rural families, with additional support for women-headed households affected by HIV and AIDS, vulnerable youth and those chronically at risk. Activities include promoting seed vouchers and fairs for grain and vegetable production, and conducting trainings to help communities identify, prepare for and mitigate risks, such as droughts.

Foods Resource Bank — Multiplication of Cassava and Sweet Potatoes Project

Foods Resource Bank is creating a sustainable local supply system of cassava and sweet potato — two vitamin-rich crops — by introducing new varieties in targeted areas of the Diocese of Mongu. The project also helps selected farmers become seed producers.

Sandy Sakwimba

CRS Orphan and Vulnerable Children program has given Sandy renewed hope; hope for a life he thought was lost.

Child Protection and Youth

As HIV and AIDS damage the social structures of communities in Zambia, the number of orphans is growing every year. The country claims about 1 million orphans due to the pandemic. Many of these children become heads of their respective households after their parents die, and are forced to leave school, turn to the streets or look for odd jobs. Unfortunately, overburdened extended families cannot always welcome or support them. By providing basic assistance, CRS is trying to help.

CHAMP-OVC — Community HIV and AIDS Mitigation Project-Orphans and Vulnerable Children

CHAMP-OVC aims to improve the quality of life for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS. The program provides essential services such as counseling, simple shelter renovations, educational support, vocational trainings, health care access, education about prevention of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and AIDS, and community mobilization activities designed to build awareness about the children's needs.

Peacebuilding and Advocacy

Strong links with the local Catholic church and civil-society organizations around the country make CRS well positioned to help establish and strengthen a just, democratic society in Zambia.

JCTR — Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection

JCTR focuses on promoting justice for everyone, especially the poor. The center's Debt Project conducts research on debt sustainability, human development indicators in Zambia and the need for effective national systems on debt relief and external loan contraction. JCTR has lobbied international lending organizations — including the World Bank and International Monetary Fund — for total debt cancellation for Zambia. This campaign contributed to the decision by most leading institutions to cancel Zambian debt.

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