Contact Person: Mr. Felix Mwanza
Contact Number: 0977565644
TALC is a young, but very vibrant and dynamic, civil society organization that was formed to lobby for equitable, affordable, and sustainable access to treatment, care, and support for PLWHA in Zambia. The programme seeks to advocate for policy change and an institutional and legal framework that emphasizes policy and behaviour change. In doing so, TALC also seeks to address issues of HIV/AIDS treatment by making health information easier to access and advocating for community support.
The organization’s programmes mainly focus on reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS, mitigating the socio-economic impact of the disease, increasing access to treatment, care and providing support to PLWHAs and those affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zambia. Since its formal registration in 2005, TALC has grown into a strong and highly-recognized voice in the fight against the HIV/ AIDS pandemic in Zambia and now carries out its activities with the support of various stakeholders including networking partners, member organizations, the media, and funding agencies.
The overall vision of TALC is to create comprehensive treatment program that is accessible to all and will lead to a healthy Zambian Society free of HIV and AIDS. In order to achieve this goal, the organization works to build the capacity of its members, particularly PLWHAs, by providing them with the skills necessary to advocate for equitable access to a comprehensive and complete continuum of treatment, care, and support services.
The core values TALC focuses on are: inclusion/participation, a rights-based approach, equity, and equality. The organizational objectives are as follows:
- Advocating for universal access to prevention, treatment, care, and support;
- Campaigning for free HIV/AIDS treatment and care for PLWHAs;
- Sponsoring legislation to ensure equal access to treatment for all PLWHAs;
- Challenging – by means of litigation, lobbying, advocacy, and all forms of legitimate social mobilization – any type of stigma and discrimination relating to the treatment of HIV/AIDS in either the private or public sectors;
- Educating local communities to promote an understanding of the importance of HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and support; and
- Training and developing a representative and effective leadership of PLWHAs based on gender equality and non-discrimination.