Kachere Development Programme is an independent Social Development Programme of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Zambia whose existence is to achieve social transformation in integrated health and development among vulnerable rural communities.
Despite large scale, nationwide efforts at reducing mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV/AIDS in Zambia, results have not been consistent across the country. A number of ongoing challenges have been identified by the Government as preventative to progress including poor attendance at antenatal clinics, lack of male involvement in addressing prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), low uptake of HIV counselling and adherence to harmful cultural practices, myths and misconceptions. In Chipata, harmful cultural practices mean that women cannot negotiate for safer sex, they have no say on family planning and are considered to be property of men.
This, combined with low literacy levels and little health awareness, means that MTCT continues to be a significant problem in the region. We are working with our partners, the Kachere Development Programme to reduce MTCT by increasing awareness of harmful cultural practices at community level, increasing access to health services and promoting safer health practices. By training health champions and creating Safe Motherhood Action Groups, we hope to empower local women to encourage and promote behaviour change that will lead to a reduction in PMTCT. The project will also work with traditional birth attendants, village counsellors and the male heads of village to ensure the intervention is appropriate, culturally sensitive and sustainable.
Kachere Development Programme's mission is to bring long term transformation in some of the local communities impoverished by underdevelopment and poverty