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Background

Family Health Trust (FHT) was established in 1987 as a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organisation that provides a holistic response to HIV and AIDS in Zambia. It was one of the earliest AIDS Service Organisations in the country established just few years after the first case of HIV/AIDS was diagnosed in Zambia. Since then, FHT has made considerable contributions to improve health care service provision and response to HIV, STIs, teenage pregnancy, child marriages and sexual and gender based violence in Zambia. FHT has also inculcated the reading culture in schools through text books distribution throughout the country, supported OVCs with educational materials, empowered orphans and vulnerable youths and widows in life skills and income generation activities. FHT contributed significantly in the establishment of the National AIDS Council and in the formulation of national guidelines and other AIDS Service Organizations in Zambia. FHT has a compliment of full-time members of staff, full time volunteers and part-time community volunteers.
Operationally, FHT carries out its activities as an umbrella organisation of three distinct programs namely:

  1. The AIDS Action Programme (AAP) is an education for prevention programme whose goal is to promote safer lifestyles among children and young people in order to contribute to the prevention of further spread of HIV. The project targets youths and children both in and out of school. This programme was formerly known as “Anti-AIDS Programme”. The programme also houses the dance4life project which aims at pushing back HIV and AIDS through music and dance. The Programme has recently begun the rebranding exercise called “AIDS ACTION CAMPAIGN” aimed at re-activating the Anti-AIDS Clubs to AIDS Action Clubs in all schools in Zambia. This was launched in October 2011.

    FHT also plays a significant role in influencing policies around SRHR which benefits young people in Zambia. The organization empowers young people to advocate for their own SRHR through capacity building trainings. FHT has been implementing its SRHR policy advocacy strategy, aimed at improving meaningful and inclusive youth participation and sexual and reproductive rights of young people in international and national policies.

  2. Home Based Care (HBC) Programme - The Home-Based Care programme facilitates provision of physical and psychological care to people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) in partnership with the community for improved quality care. The programme offers holistic clinical care, social support, counselling and nutritional support through provision of nutritional, psychological and social support to PLWHA who are on Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART). The programme also carries out sensitisation of Tuberculosis.

  3. Children and Women in Distress (CWINDI) Programmes. The goal of the Children and women in Distress Programme is to intervene in partnership with the community, to enable them realise their potential. Recognising the burden of orphan-hood, child vulnerability and widowhood in general, CWINDI helps build capacity in families and communities to absorb the extra burden of care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Vision and Mission

FHT Vision’s is “A nation free from the threat of HIV and AIDS” Mission is “To contribute to the prevention of the further spread of HIV and AIDS and to the provision of an integrated care and support response to the infected and affected persons in Zambia.”

Goal/ Objectives


  • To promote safer lifestyles among children and young people in order to contribute to the prevention of the further spread of HIV and AIDS.
  • To promote reading culture among the youths in and out of school.
  • To empower youths in life skills education
  • To promote the provision of Youth Friendly Health Services Home Based Care (HBC)
  • To facilitate the provision of physical and psychological care to HIV and AIDS patients in their homes
  • To provides nutritional support, medical and psychosocial care direct to those infected and affected and to those not receiving treatment in partnership with the community.
  • To offer holistic clinical care, social support, counselling and nutritional support to the clients registered by the programme. Children and Women in Distress (CWINDI)
  • To improve the quality of life of children and women in distress and enable them to realize their potential in partnership with the community.
  • To empower OVCs with educational support
  • To build capacity in OVCs
  • To empower widows with Income Generation Activities
  • To build capacity of widows in the communities.
  • To advocate for the rights of women and children

Meet Our Team

Ms Zirose Mumba
Ms Zirose Mumba
Chanda Nsofwa
Chanda Nsofwa
Eunice Banda
Eunice Banda

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