The Zambia National AIDS Council (NAC) is happy with the transformation of 50 sex workers who have since graduated as peer educators that will help halt the spread of HIV/AIDS among key populations of sex workers countrywide.
NAC Communications Manager Justin Mwiinga told ZANIS in Lusaka that it was the aim of the council to have a zero HIV infection rate, zero stigma and an AIDS free environment.
The 50 former sex workers who come from Chirundu, Livingstone, Sesheke and Kazungula borders were trained by Corridors of Hope in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFA).
Mr. Mwiinga said the council was impressed by the move of the former sex workers noting that the ambition of NAC was to ensure that the sexual behaviour of individuals is positive.
He added that his organisation has many programmes put in place to mitigate the issue such as, the three Cs programme that influences individuals to have correct, consistent use of condoms.
He further stated that the council has set up various partners on the ground to make condoms available for both men and women especially those who are currently sex workers.
Mr. Mwiinga has since advised individuals that are still in the prostitution profession to also come out in the open and join the just graduated peer educators.
Meanwhile, Young Woman Christian Association president Lucy Lungu said the move by the 50 former sex workers was good.
Mrs. Lungu said the association was willing to assist the peer educators in their areas of need.
She said the former sex workers were in the best position to educate other sex workers about the dangers of prostitution.