Key Population Policy and Advocacy Activities in Zambia

In Zambia, NASTAD coordinated the Key Population Technical Working Group, led by the National AIDS Council (NAC), which was instrumental in facilitating engagement between government agencies and members of key populations, including commercial sex workers, men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs. With this group, NASTAD Zambia led the process to write the first ever Key Populations chapter for Zambia’s Revised National AIDS Strategic Framework (R-NASF) 2014-2016. These activities laid the foundation for the development of strategies to improve outreach and health care access for key populations in Zambia.

Working with the NAC and Population Council, NASTAD also implemented formative assessment and size estimation activities for biobehavioral surveillance surveys of MSM and female sex workers, conducting interviews and focus groups with members of the different key population communities, as well as with civil society and health care providers. The formative assessment was used to define both the challenges faced by key populations in accessing medical and prevention services, as well as the training and capacity building needs of clinical care staff in relation to serving key populations.