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National AIDS Council (NAC) is an organization enacted through the Act of Parliament of 1999 to coordinate and facilitate the national multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS. It is also mandated to administer the National AIDS Trust Fund (NATF) collected through the AIDS Levy i.e. the 3% collected from every workers taxable income (PAYE) and corporate tax.
No HIV transmission,universal access to HIV and AIDS services.
To lead and coordinate,with a motivated team, the national strategy in response to HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.
To empower communities to reduce HIV transmission and minimize the impact of the AIDS epidemic on families and society.
To provide for measures to combat the spread of Human Immuno Deficiency Virus (HIV) and management, coordination and implementation of programmes that reduce the impact of HIV and AIDS. (The National AIDS Council Act Chapter 15:14 of 2000)
Although the Act gives NAC the power to implement programmes, it is now generally agreed that its role and comparative advantage is to lead, co-ordinate, monitor and evaluate the national response to HIV and AIDS.
The Act gives NAC the following functions and powers:
- Ensure the development of strategies and policies to respond to HIV and AIDS, mitigate the effects of the HIV and AIDS epidemic and promote and coordinate the application of such strategies and policies;
- Mobilize and manage resources in support of a national response to HIV and AIDS;
- Enhance the capacity of the various sectors of the community to respond to the HIV and AIDS epidemic and to coordinate their responses;
- Encourage the provision of facilities to treat and care for persons living with HIV and their dependents;
- Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategies and policies and the national response to HIV and AIDS;
- Promote and coordinate research into HIV and AIDS and ensure the effective dissemination of and application of the results of such research; and
- Disseminate and encourage dissemination of information on all aspects of HIV and AIDS to all stakeholders, among other things.
- Integrity - We are committed to the highest standards of integrity by dealing in a fair and transparent manner with our staff, partners, communities and other stakeholders.
- Accountability - We are accountable to all our stakeholders for the resources entrusted to us and for results towards meeting our mandate to lead and coordinate the multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS.
- Professionalism - We uphold the highest professional standards among our staff and in our dealings with our development partners, communities and all other stakeholders.
- Proaction - We endeavour to be proactive rather than respond to circumstances and are always looking for new approaches to benefit the national response to HIV and AIDS.
- Inclusiveness - We are committed to a multi-sectoral response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic and take measures to involve all stakeholders in addressing gender and other vulnerable groups.
- Teamwork - We believe that as teams we accomplish much more than the sum of our parts.
Provincial AIDS Action Commmittee
The Provincilal AIDS Action Commitee ( PAAC) operates as a subcommittee of the Provincial Development Commitee (PDC) which is chaired by the provincial administrator or his /her representative and is answerable we to the provincial council.
1. PAAC Mandate
The PAAC is a multi-sectoral committee mandated to mobilize, coordinate and monitor the multi-sectoral and community response initiatives on HIV/AIDS in the province.
2. Responsibilities of the PAAC
The PAAC shall in collaboration with Distrcit AIDS Coordinators and stakeholders with the province be responsible for the following;
- Enlisting, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation of the provincial multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS.
- Coordinate and monitor the provincial planning process on HIV and AIDS.
- Faciliating capacity strengthening for HIV and AIDS prevention, care and mitigation in the district.
- Promoting and support the intensification of community based HIV and AIDS interventions.
- Appraising and endorse project proposals for funding.
- Encouraging mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS issues into all social and development programmes in the district.
- Promoting resource mobilisation in support of district initiatives on HIV and AIDS as well as ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement and utilization of funds earmarked for HIV andAIDS activities.
- Facilitating sharing of experiences and lessons learnt among stakeholders within and outside the district.
- Undertaking any function(s) that fall(s) within its mandate.
3. Composition of the Provincial AIDS Action Committee
The Provincial AIDS Action Committee shall consist of persons from the following sectors and anyone of them can be chosen as chairperson except for the Provincial AIDS Cordinator who is ex-offio and provides secretariat services to the committee.
- Provincial Administrator's/ Resident Minister's Offices
- Provincial Social Services Office
- Provincial Medical Office
- Ministry of Youth Development, Gender and Employment Creation
- Registered NGO Representative working in the area of HIV and AIDS in the province
- Representative of religious organizations
- Traditional leader
- Representative of people living with HIV and AIDS
- Youth representative
- Representative of the private sector
- Provincial AIDS Coordinator (EX officio)
- Ministry of Education
- Representative of Women and people living living disabilities
Ward AIDS Action Committee
Roles and tasks:
- Receives project proposals and work plans from villages
- Evaluates and adopts Village AIDS Action Committee project proposals
- Capacitate VAACs for effectiveness, efficiency and adequacy fro reporting
- Undertake community (social) mobilization and VAAC empowerment
- Prepare consolidated budgets and reports for submission to DAAC
Village AIDS Action Committee
Roles and tasks:
- Identify projects at village level that may be sponsored by the DAAC
- Identify beneficiaries and targets of the various HIV and AIDS interventions
- Maintain beneficiary registers
- Supervise and report on the activities of HIV and AIDS service providers to the WAAC
- Prepare project budgets for community, family and individual level interventions
- Prepare and maintain beneficiary /program registers
- Send project proposals and related information to the WAAC