Namwera AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) is an Indigenous and Not for Profit making organization established in November 1996 as a community response to HIV and AIDS in Mangochi district that had prevalence rate of 17%. NACC is contributing towards creating Health and Prosperous Community. Working in the rural and underserved areas of Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba and Mulanje, it provides a platform where science and practice meet. NACC drive towards its vision through building household and community resilience in addressing developmental challenges. In recognition to NACC’s contribution in Child Development, Education, Health and Child Protection, it was accredited to Provide Training in Early Childhood Development in 2016 and in 2018, it received a Certificate of Excellency in ECD Services. NACC is sitting in the National Technical Working Groups of Early Childhood Development, Secondary Education and Child Protection.
HIV Prevention Care and Support: The Evidence Based Targeted HIV Prevention (EBT Prev) Program is increasing adoption of safer sexual behaviuor among the Most at Risk Populations (MARPS) and Key Populations. It is also increasing access to continuum care through establishment of: 1 Referral Hubs in health facilities where clients are referred; 2. HIV Testing Sites in rural and hard to reach areas; 3 Support in scaling up of ART Services in the rural Health facilities in Namwera by training Nurses and Medical staff in administering ARTs; 4. 33 People Living with HIV Support Groups that have a total membership of 1200 people who are championing activities aimed at addressing HIV related Stigma and Discrimination and promoting positive living. 5. Established Sputum Collection Points and trained volunteers who collect specimen from clients during TB screening and take to Health facilities for testing. For those tested positive are referred for treatment and this prevents unnecessary delays.
The HIV Prevention Care and Support has contributed significantly in the reduction of prevalence rate in Mangochi from 17% to around 8%.
Early Childhood Development: The fundamental purpose of early childhood development is to prepare the young children for life. On the other hand, inadequate child care, poor nutrition, non-stimulating environment, family stress and other risk factors in early childhood years can result in school dropout, unemployment, and high delinquency rate. Any positive change during early childhood years can produce long term social benefits. NACC is working with 135 ECD Centres in Mangochi and serving 9566 children aged 3 to 5 years. In promoting Nurturing Care, NACC is working with 350 Primary Caregivers reaching out to 390 children aged below 2 years.
Education: NACC improve education outcomes in areas of Access and Equity, Quality and Relevance and Governance in both Primary and Secondary Education through Social and community mobilization, capacity building for community and school based structures such as Parents and Teachers Association, School Management Committees, Mother groups, mentors, Area and Village Development Committees, and improving the learning environment, Currently, NACC is working with 8 Secondary and 19 Primary Schools in Mangochi.
Livelihood: In improving household economic and social status of vulnerable groups, NACC is supporting Microfinance initiatives such as Village Banking, Pass on Loans, Livestock Management and irrigation farming services.
Systems Strengthening: Realizing that availability of social services such as health facilities, Schools, Courts and other facilities does not grantee utilization, NACC is working with policy holders and service users to identify barriers to utilization of services through Comprehensive Community Scorecard and Social accountability. Community and district inter face meetings are held to address the challenges. We established District and Community Technical Working Groups.
Budget: Budget for 2018 is US$ 339500.00. This does not include material support from partners. NACC has 28 Staff and 5065 Volunteers.
Partners and Donors: UNICEF, Firelight Foundation, Hilton Foundation, Cotswold Foundation, Tsadick Foundation, Aga Khan Foundation, Bainum Foundation, Malawi Assemblies of God University, Chancellor College and lining ministries.
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