About us

Who we are

An AIDS related death reached its alarming stage as one of the leading causes of death in 2004 since the 1986 case notified in Ethiopia, which created multifaceted problems in the country.
Thus, the response against HIV/AIDS needed concerted effort and commitment in coordination and leadership. As a result of this, the National HIV/AIDS Prevention and, Control Council and the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office were established in June 2002 by Proclamation No. 276/2002.
The objectives of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Office shall be to coordinate and direct the implementation of the country's HIV/AIDS Policy and it has the following duties and responsibilities.

  • Serve as the secretariat of the Council;
  • Submit for the approval of the Government a national HIV/AIDS program prepared on the basis of the recommendations of the Council; follow up and coordinate the implementation of same;
  • Coordinate the activities of federal and regional government organs and non-governmental organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities and facilitate conditions for integration;
  • Organize local and international meetings and workshops for enhancing the awareness of the society about HIV/AIDS and facilitate conditions for organizing same;
  • Participate in national and international conferences on prevention and control of HIV /AIDS;
  • Collect and compile information on the general situation of HIV/AIDS in the country and disseminate same to all concerned, as deemed necessary;
  • Draw a devise whereby support is obtained by creating contact with various donors;
  • Ensure that the money secured in donation and the budget allocated by the Government is properly utilized;

What we do?

Federal HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control office (FHAPCO) is a government organization mandated to coordinate the national response against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The national response encompasses the health sector or clinical response, which is directly led and implemented by ministry of health and the multi-sectoral response which is implemented across all actors. The program and intervention areas and major activities being done at national level include:-

  • Multi-sectoral coordination, leadership and partnership – by using various plat forms including AIDS council, management board, joint planning and reviews and partnership forums
  • Guidance and capacity building – through issuing different national level policy, strategies, guidelines, manuals and tools and undertaking trainings, orientations and familiarization efforts for all actors
  • HIV prevention – a combination prevention approach that includes behavioral, biomedical and structural programs are being designed and implemented targeting key and priority population using various approaches like social behavioral change communication, community mobilization, media and public relation, school interventions and work place intervention are being implemented
  • HIV Mainstreaming – putting HIV/AIDS in to the core business of all relevant sectors is one of the major activities that the organization has been coordinating.
  • Care and support programs - vulnerability reduction and impact mitigation for people affected and infected with HIV is one of the key activities and mostly implemented in collaboration with development sectors and the community
  • Resource mobilization – domestic and external resource, mainly financial resource, mobilization for the response, disbursement to regions and other implementers and ensuring appropriate and timely utilization through follow up of liquidation of the expenditure are among the major tasks coordinated and led by FHAPCO.
  • Monitoring and evaluation – establishment of system for routine multi-sectoral response, consolidating the national HIV situation, reporting to concerned bodies on performance and programmatic evaluation and other related studies are being implemented. Besides, efforts to ensure data quality are also being implemented through availing manuals, guidelines and conducting joint integrated supportive supervisions and data quality assessments. In addition financial monitoring and assurance of using the money for intended purpose is also coordinated by the office.