New HIV cases and AIDs related deaths

Source: UNAIDS

793,000 people currently on antiretroviral therapy (2016)

Source: UNDP


875,000 deaths averted due to antiretroviral treatment of HIV between 2006 and 2016

Source: UNAIDS


216,000 HIV infections averted through prevention of mother-to-child transmission between 2006 and 2016

Source: UNAIDS

ART clinics and solar power
With support from the Global Fund and UNDP 38 new ART clinics have been opened across Zambia giving vital access to antiretroviral therapy for thousands of people. The investment of USD 4.8 million in the prefabricated clinics means more people living with HIV across Zambia can now access the medication necessary to manage the disease and lead productive lives.

Running health facilities in areas with poor infrastructure is however a challenge - according to a WHO study covering over 4000 clinics and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, about one in four health facilities have no access to electricity, and those with access report having an unreliable supply. Expensive and often unreliable diesel generators have traditionally powered off-grid facilities, whilst also serving as back-up for those on the grid. UNDP, with Norwegian NOREPs emergency preparedness funding, has piloted solar photo-voltaic power systems in three primary health care clinics offering antiretroviral treatment in Mpepo, Mulekatembo and Kazembe in Eastern Zambia. This reliable source of electricity means medicines, vaccines and laboratory reagents can now be stored safely and that water can be pumped and purified. This has improved equipment sterilization and allowed cold-chain storage for vaccines to be maintained.  



12 million insecticide treated bed nets distributed

Source: UNDP

Coverage of bed nets (2015)

Source: World Health Organization

8 million cases of Malaria treated

Source: UNDP



36,900 new smear positive TB cases detected and treated

Source: UNDP


Treatment success rate for all new cases of TB (2014)

Source: World Health Organization

TB incidence rate per 100,000 population

Source: World Health Organization

Project Summary

In Zambia, UNDP supports implementation of Global Fund grants for HIV, TB, and malaria. UNDP works with the national government to increase uptake of HIV prevention services and maintain widespread access to HIV treatment. Current grants for HIV seek to scale up prevention and strengthen the health system as well as provide anti-retroviral medicine. The project targets country’s population, with specific emphasis on key affected populations, women, People Living with HIV and AIDS), youths, orphaned and vulnerable children and people with disabilities. UNDP is actively involved in Zambia’s fight against malaria. In 2013, through a UNDP-administered Global Fund grant, Zimbabwe and Zambia began targeting malaria along their shared border. The aim of the TB project is to strengthen the national capacity for the response to TB by improving access to both first line and second line anti-TB drugs and facilitate diagnosis through the procurement of the necessary drugs and related diagnostic supplies.




With UNDP support

the Ministry of Health in Zambia

resumed the role Principal Ricipient

of the Global Fund HIV, TB and

malaria grants in 2015




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