The National Council for People Living with HIV and AIDS (NACOPHA) was founded by PLHIV to serve as the peak body and ultimate voice advocating for issues and concerns of the PLHIV in country. The Council was registered in September, 2005 as a non-partisan, non-governmental and not-for-profit organization.
NACOPHA is relatively new in existence never the less, the Council is faced with many challenges in its quest to be the national representative voice and the peak organ in coordinating the issues and activities of PLHIV in the country, revolving around the following key areas:
NACOPHA's Strategic Plan has an objective that essentially address the above mentioned key areas and other related issues. It expects to utilize an understanding of the Council's background, experience and strengths of its stakeholders to marshal its resources and energies all its constituent parts to meet the present as well as any ensuring challenges.
As a Strategic Plan, it states the Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives of NACOPHA and the Strategies that would be adopted for their attainment within the life of the Plan. It is expected that, this will provide direction and help the Council to attain its objectives for the benefit of the all PLHIV in the country.
The Vision represents NACOPHA's ultimate goal while the Mission represents the set of current activities intended to drive the organization toward the Vision. To accomplish the Mission, a set of Objectives has been defined together with Strategies for their achievement.
Day to day activities of the Council are managed by the secretariat headed by the Chief Executive Officer who reports to the Board of Directors charged with the overall governance issues, strategic planning and policies. The General Meeting is the highest body in the decision making process of the Council.
Strategic Planning Process
NACOPHA initially undertook the process of developing its first Strategic Plan in September, 2007. It embarked on a comprehensive consultation with as many HIV stakeholder constituents as possible in the country, and in particular PLHIV. The Strategic Planning Process has been a collaborative and deliberative process that allowed for extensive participation of the stakeholders in HIV in various forums in September 2007, January 2008 and culminating in February, 2009.it was titled NACOPHA strategic plan 2009 - 2012.
The aim was to develop a roadmap that would enable NACOPHA become an effective national representative voice for PLHIV in the country and play an important role in the national response to HIV pandemic.
The process enabled NACOPHA to clearly define the strategic framework (Vision, Mission and Objectives) and identify a number of key areas of involvement (strategic priorities) fundamental for the coordinating work of the Council for the period of the Plan which was 2009 to 2012.
The straggle with complexities of the environment in which we live and work and the rapidity of change in the issues surrounding the HIV pandemic continues. The process to develop The Strategic Plan clearly aimed to reflect the fact that the Council would mainly be involved in the coordinating role of the programs and activities of PLHIV in the country. The council would not be involved in the actual delivery of the services to the intended recipients.
This Strategic Plan sets out the key issues to be pursued by the Council over the intended three years and beyond to address and coordinate the PLHIV community's needs and aspirations. The Strategic Plan defines priority programs and strategies that The Council will place continuing - and in some instances greater emphasis on - as a result of a stakeholders input during the consultation phase of the planning process
The strategic plan is a living document of what NACOPHA is about to achieve and as a guide it is invaluable. The duration of the strategic plan will retain flexibility to respond to new issues as they emerge, which are inevitable over this time.
The council reviewed this Strategic plan in 2012 and the Council has a new strategic plan 2012 - 2016.
Link between the Strategic Plan and Annual Operational Plans/Budgets
The Strategic Plan's life span of several years' implementation relies on the Council preparing annual Operational Plans which identify those parts of the Strategic Plan that will be achieved during any of the financial year. These Operational Plans will then provide the basis for Council's annual Budget. The Council reports on its performance against the Operational Plan and Budget monthly, and through the Annual Report.
Reporting on Strategic Plan Performance is formally completed on a yearly basis through the Council's Annual Report and also through monthly and quarterly performance reporting. The Annual Report presents the results achieved for that particular year with clear references back to the major Strategic Plan goals and strategies.
NACOPHA is guided by the shared vision and mission; however, for better alignment of these, NACOPHA has developedcore values that are committed to live by.
We are committed to be stewards of resources entrusted to us by our stakeholders, and use them in performing our duties in a rational manner and taking responsibility for all our actions, by conducting our business in a transparent manner.
We strive to set challenging goals, excel in all our endeavors and innovations so as to deliver the best outcomes possible.
We stand against all situations that deny right to decisions, power sharing and equal access to resources between men and women. We are fair, honest and open in all matters related to affairs of the Council
We respect the inherent inalienable rights of all human beings in all the dealings of the Council while upholding high moral principles in conducting our duties.
We generate among the members and the society the spirit of participation in carrying out social and economic engagement based on free will for the common good.
NACOPHA aims at strengthening strategic partnerships for financial resource and technical assistance support.
Support is also required in advancing advocacy agenda, through identifying allies in specific agenda issues.
To achieve that a process will be put in place to identify partners, communicate and collaborate with them to promote partnership growth.
NACOPHA will play role in key national dialogues on policy forums relating to PLHIV.