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Zambia has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in Sub-Saharan Africa at 13%. Among the military population, the prevalence rate is estimated to be two times higher than the national rate. PCI worked to strengthen the capacity of Zambia's Defence Force Medical Services (DFMS) to plan and implement sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programs in and around 54 military camps spread across all 10 provinces of the country.
"People seem freer. Nowadays I get phone calls from clients themselves requesting for HIV testing services done in their homes. Stigma is slowly reducing."
- Gertrude Mateu, community lay counselor
Between October 2017 and September 2018, PCI helped DFMS integrate evidence-based strategies aimed at efficiently identifying undiagnosed people living with HIV/AIDS and linking them to treatment. As a result of the adopted strategies, identification of HIV positive cases increased from 3% in December 2017 to 44% in September 2018.