The National Parliament through an act of Parliament set up the National AIDS Council and its Secretariat to facilitate a comprehensive multi-sector response to HIV and AIDS in the country.
Its membership comprises 17 government departments, representatives of the private sector through the Chamber of Commerce, the Church sector, non-government sector, the Council of Women, Department of Justice and Attorney General, Department of Finance and Person Living with HIV and AIDS.
As the main advocate for national action on HIV and AIDS, the National AIDS Council and its Secretariat, are responsible for the formulation, review and revision of national policy for the prevention, control and management of HIV and AIDS and for monitoring and coordinating the implementation of the National Strategic Plan.
NAC and its Secretariat are responsible to elicit, support, encourage and promote the involvement of a broad range of actions in HIV and AIDS activities. NACS takes a lead role in mobilizing resources to support implementation.
Since the establishment of the NAC Secretariat, the organization has had a staff strength of twenty – five, covering eight Program Advisers and sixteen technical and support staff at national level. At provincial level, the establishment of the twenty (20) PAC Secretariats culminated in the creation of three positions per province which includes an HIV Response Coordinator (HRC), a Provincial HIV Technical Officer (PHTO) and a Provincial Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (PMEO).
Under the new restructure of the NAC Secretariat, a total of 102 positions were created for both the NAC and PAC Secretariats. These includes three (3) positions at each of the 20 PACs (excluding Jiwaka and Hela) giving a total of 60 positions and 42 at the NACS level. Within the new structure, two new divisions were created; National Prevention Strategy and National Care & Support division which did not exist in the previous structure