Overview of NAC

Who we are.

National AIDS Council (NAC) is an organization established 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.

Vision
A Zimbabwe free from HIV infections, stigma and AIDS related deaths by 2030.

Mission
To lead and coordinate the national strategy in response to HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe.

Mandate

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.

Core Values

  • 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.

National AIDS Council Structure is composed of the following
• NAC board (national level) with multi-sectoral representation
• 10 Provincial AIDS Action Committees (PAACs)
• District AIDS Action Committees (DAACs)
• Ward AIDS Action Committees (WAACs)
• Village AIDS Action Committees (VAACs)
These structures are supported by NAC secretariat which is at national, provincial and district level.

NAC BOARD

Roles
The NAC Board according to the NAC Act shall be responsible for formulating the general policy of the Council and controlling its operations.

Composition
(a) Representative of The Ministry of Health and Child Care
(b) The Chief Executive Officer
(c) A person appointed by the President, subject to subsection (3), to represent the Traditional Medical Practitioners Council established by section 3 of the Traditional Medical Act [Chapter 27:14];
(d) A person appointed by the President, subject to subsection (3), to represent the Law Society of Zimbabwe referred to in section 51 of the Legal Practitioners Act [Chapter 27:07]; and
(e) Not fewer than seven nor more than ten other members appointed by the President, subject to subsection (4), to represent the interests of health care providers, women, youths, religious groups, organisations that protect the interests of persons infected with HIV and AIDS, industry, commerce, information media and trade unions.

AIDS ACTION COMMITTEES (Provincial, District, Ward and Village)

Roles
• Enlisting, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation of the provincial multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS
• Coordinate and monitor the planning process on HIV and AIDS.
• Facilitate capacity strengthening for HIV and AIDS prevention, care and mitigation in the district.
• Promote 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.
• Promote resource mobilisation in support of initiatives on HIV and AIDS as well as ensure transparency and accountability in the disbursement and utilization of funds earmarked for HIV and AIDS 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.

Composition
The Provincial and District AIDS Action Committee shall consist of persons from the following sectors and anyone of them can be chosen as chairperson except for the Provincial Manager and District AIDS Coordinator who are ex-offio and provides secretariat services to the committees.
• Provincial Administrator’s/ Resident Minister’s Offices/ District Administrator
• Provincial Social Services Office/ District Social Services Office
• Provincial Medical Office/ District Medical Office
• Ministry of Youth Development, Gender and Employment Creation
• Registered NGO Representative working in the area of HIV and AIDS.
• Representative of religious organizations
• Traditional leader
• Representative of people living with HIV and AIDS
• Youth representative
• Representative of the private sector
• Ministry of Education
• Representative people living with disabilities