HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria are the leading causes of death and socio-economic problems in Africa, especially in the Sub Saharan region. The alarming prevalence of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria has continued to rise, adversely affecting Africa’s development. Several factors including inadequate knowledge, inefficient or lack of strategies and insufficient financial commitment among others have hampered effective prevention and control of these infections within communities and the Church. The poor and deplorable health and educational infrastructure of most nations, communities and Churches increasingly challenge the quantity and quality of care and support services administered to those infected and affected.
Within the communities where CAPA works, the Church has noted these infections cause illness and death, especially amongst young adults. There is also increase in the number of persons needing care including orphans and vulnerable children and falling economic status due to illness and early death of bread winners. The insufficient health facilities have also been over stretched.
CAPA has developed and implemented various plans of actions to accelerate her responses in Provinces and Dioceses. In 2001 CAPA developed the first strategic plan, which has attained 90% implementation level and realized its goal and objectives. This second strategic plan was borne out of the need to integrate TB and Malaria prevention into existing HIV/AIDS programme. The goal of the CHSP II 2007 - 2011 is to improve and strengthen CAPA HIV/AIDS programme coordination to deliver a sustainable integrated HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria services and mitigate their impact in communities by 2011.
This Strategic Plan is structured into six priority areas, which are: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care; Tuberculosis Prevention and Care; Malaria Prevention, Control and Care; Communication, Internal Institutional Development (Strengthen Health Systems, Education and Sustainability) and Related Issues (Poverty Reduction and Gender Equity).
Key actions, practices and attitudes required to implement this strategy include Ownership; Capacity Building, Partnership and sustainability, Resource Mobilization, Programme Management and Financial Accountability, Research and Development, Monitoring and Evaluation.