NAPHAM is a member based organization which was founded in 1993 with the aim of providing a forum for PLHIV to share their experiences and information and to find solace because at that time they were stigmatized and treated like outcasts. At the helm of NAPHAM are the members who as provided in the organizational Constitution, meet by representation at the Annual General Meeting. Below the members is the board of trustees whose members are elected every five years. This board is then supported by a secretariat which is headed by the Executive Director, supported by one director of Finance and Administration and another for Programmes respectively.
In order to provide direction, NAPHAM developed a Strategic Plan covering the period 2008 to 2012 which was extended to June 2013. The objectives of this plan were: to advocate for a conducive environment that promotes essential services for survival in order to reduce vulnerability and dependence; enhance prevention care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS and those directly affected; empower and promote personal development of PLHIVs and those directly affected; facilitate the growth and development of membership to respond to their evolving needs and; strengthen the capacity of NAPHAM to effectively function as an organization and also to deliver on its mandate.
It is from this background that getting to the end of term, and one year extension, of the 2008-2012 strategic plan in 2013, NAPHAM decided to employ a consultant to assist in developing a new plan for the 2014-2019 term. The exercise began with an evaluation of NAPHAM’s performance on the 2008-2012 Strategic Plan which provided a basis for course setting of the new strategic plan.
The mission thus adopted for this plan is, “to promote and advocate for demand driven quality care, support, economic empowerment and prevention services in order to enhance positive living, self-reliance and reduce new HIV infections for all people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi”. NAPHAM aspires for the complete physical, mental, social wellbeing and self-reliance of people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi and; to have economically empowered members who are food secure, self-reliant, without worries due to stigma and discrimination as are able to access adequate and right treatments.
To realize this vision and mission, NAPHAM has taken on ten strategic focus areas. These are:
1.Prevention, Treatment, Care and Psychosocial Support
2.Membership Anchor, Growth and Development
3.Children and young people living with and directly affected by HIV and AIDS
4.Advocacy and Communication
5.Resource and Recreation
6.Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
7.Sustainability of NAPHAM
8.Human Resource Management and Development
9.Financial and Procurement Management
10.Cross Cutting Issues
The main thrust of this strategic plan is: “a satisfied membership”. It is the hope of NAPHAM Board of Governors that with a satisfied membership NAPHAM will live to be an exemplary membership organization in the fight against HIV and AIDS pandemic in Malawi and beyond.