National Aids Commission (NAC) head of coordination and capacity building Tione Chilambe has stressed the need for partners working in HIV and Aids programming to coordinate their activities for an effective and efficient response.
She said this in Mangochi at a joint review meeting for coordinating committees and non-medical and bio-medical HIV and Aids response structures.
Making presentations in turns, district coordinating committees, civil society organisations and youth and community-based organisation network revealed weak coordination in implementation of HIV programmes.
The stakeholders also said there was minimal community-level structures involvement on HIV and Aids response.
Chilambe said that was why renewed commitment in the HIV and Aids district response was crucial.
She said: “We need to ensure good coordination and civil society’s involvement of community and facility level structures such as community-based organisations and hospital advisory and management committees.
“Involvement of community and facility-based groups is crucial in the fight against HIV and Aids.”
Chilambe condemned some implementing partners who form parallel structures or bypass existing groups when implementing HIV and Aids response projects