Evolution of HIV and AIDS Programmes in an African Institution of Higher Learning: The Case of the Copperbelt University in Zambia

Nawa Sanjobo1, *, Matilda Lukwesa1, Charity Kaziya1, Cornwell Tepa2, Bernard Puta3
1 Copperbelt University, Public Health Unit, PO BOX 21692, Kitwe, Zambia
2 Copperbelt University, School of Mines and Mineral Sciences, Metallurgy Department P.O BOX. 21692, Kitwe, Zambia
3 Copperbelt University, Registrar’s Department, P.O BOX. 21692, Kitwe, Zambia

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Universities present the foundation for socio-economic and political development. Without structures and processes to fight HIV, there is no prospect of enhancing treatment, prevention, care and support services. Copperbelt University HIV and AIDS response was initiated in 2003 with the aim of building capacity of students and employees in HIV and AIDS.


The main objective of this paper is to demonstrate how the CBU HIV response has evolved over time and provide a timeline of important milestones in the development process.


Peer educators and counsellors conduct sensitization campaigns through one on one discussion, workshops, and drama performances, distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials.


HIV Programme has been set up with players from policy, programme and community levels. Strategic processes, collaborations, funding, medical insurance schemes, prevention, treatment, care and support services, training of peer educators and counsellors have been established.


Copperbelt University HIV initiative has demonstrated potential to reduce new infections in the university, and is currently expanding her programme to encompass wellness and also spearhead the integration of HIV in the university curriculum.

Keywords: African, AIDS, HIV, Staff, Students, University, Zambia.