Noting that HIV and vulnerability is reciprocal, the NSF prioritises Economic Empowerment as an important pillar in the response, with focus on addressing vulnerability to HIV infection and mitigating the impact of HIV and AIDS among vulnerable populations. The objective is to have PLHIV actively participate in the HIV response and ultimately, the country’s economic activities.
The important role played by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in realizing current milestones, especially that played by Support Groups (SGs) who have been a key pillar for PLHIV and have over the years, provided a space for PLHIV to access knowledge, care, emotional, social, economic empowerment and practical help provided through people who have faced the same challenges and issues as those in need of same. As the country pursues the 95-95-95 targets, the HIV response remains committed to ensuring that PLHIV continue to participate effectively.
In this regard, a PLHIV Livelihoods programme is established as a means to improve and provide economic empowerment to PLHIV at grassroots levels. Through the programme PLHIV groups will be provided access to small sums of money for income generating activities / projects led by the over 310 PLHIV Support Groups (ShapMos Report, 2018) in the country’s four regions. Viable livelihood projects will be identified through an application system involving community systems.
Please refer to the attached Expression of Interest to take advantage of the available opportunity.