In 2004, Partners for Life Advancement and Education Promotion was formed to provide an evangelical Christian response to HIV and AIDS.
Its founding was in response to the ravaging effects of HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. High infection levels continue to affect communities despite the government’s response through provision of antiretroviral treatment to people living with HIV, increased treatment of opportunistic infections such as tuberculosis, biomedical services such as prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), male circumcision and increased voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services.
In Kitwe district where PLAEP operates, the infection rates for the sexually active group of people ages 15-49 is nearly 23%. According to the 2012 District Aids Task Force report on HIV, only 7% of the total population in Kitwe has accessed VCT services and only 2% of HIV positive people are on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). This is one of the highest rates in the country, hence the need to continue efforts on mitigating the various challenges of HIV and AIDS.
Poverty perpetuates the epidemic. Structural issues contribute to poor education, high unemployment, limited health care services, and little opportunity.
PLAEP invests in its community through economic empowerment initiatives, community schools, and peer education.