Partnering with Churches to Reduce HIV/AIDS Transmission:
With funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010-2015), PCI partnered with church communities in Southern and Western Provinces to decrease HIV transmission. The project demonstrated that effective church-led community mobilization and provision of capacity building and mentoring to church leaders is an effective and sustainable HIV prevention strategy – reaching nearly 20,000 individuals with HIV prevention messages, as well as referrals, testing and counseling.
Saving Mothers, Giving Life:
As part of the global initiative Saving Mothers, Giving Life, PCI strengthened the capacity of seven primary health centers located in districts in Zambia with high neonatal and maternal mortality rates and mobilized community-based Safe Motherhood Action Groups to deliver a continuum of quality facility- and community-based MNCH services. As a result of the program, which ended in 2015, the number of deliveries in the targeted areas with access to skilled personnel nearly tripled and the number of women receiving antenatal care increased from 134 to 670.
Local Capacity Strengthening to Combat Malnutrition:
PCI strengthened the capacity of 15 community-based organizations in Kitwe District to provide critical, life-saving support to adults living with HIV and VCA suffering from acute malnutrition. As part of a district-wide Nutrition Assessment Counseling and Support (NACS) program (2013-2015), PCI trained over 150 community nutrition supporters to identify malnourished HIV-positive pregnant and lactating women, PLHIV, and children and link them to facility-based therapeutic treatment services.