The program was officially launched on 20th December 2007 in response to the HIV AIDS pandemic. It combines the support of Dan Church AID(DCA) , Irish Aid, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). In 2010 the JFA programme was joined CordAID to bring the number to five including CHAZ. These partners had a mutual agreement to harmonise funding and reporting mechanisms in order to enhance programme delivery and reduce transaction costs.
The Partners initially committed US$ 7.144 Million for a 4 years period (from 2007 to 2010). The JFA programme is a basket funding initiative with CHAZ being the implementing partner, while DCA, EKN, Irish Embassy and of late Cord Aid are the funding partners. CHAZ has been partnering with the four Cooperating Partners (CPs) separately for HIV and AIDS programmes for quite some time with the longest relationship spanning over 15 years.
The programme buys into the CHAZ HIV and AIDS Strategic Plan 2006 – 2010 and Rolling Work Plan 2007 -2010, whose goal is: "To intensify and implement comprehensive prevention programme, consisting of behavioural change communication and reducing stigma and interventions to reduce vulnerability to HIV, so as to decrease prevalence among the youth 15-24 years".
While global prevalence of HIV infection appears to have stabilized in recent years, the global number of people living with HIV is increasing because of ongoing accumulation of new infections with longer survival times, measured over a continuously growing general population.
The Joint Financing Arrangement (JFA) is working with 28 CHIs across the country.
CHAZ coordinates its own collective efforts on scaling up prevention, within the ambit of universal access to prevention, care, support and treatment, through building on the comparative advantages of the CHIs and lead sub recipients to support scale up of high quality, comprehensive HIV prevention programmes at all levels.
Prevention: Mitigation Care and Support: Health Systems Strengthening: Renovation of infrastructure Training of health workers Retention Schemes for health workers and volunteers HBC Orphan support Provision of logistics to community volunteers Capacity building of local communities