Aids free generation possible in Zambia
Chisamba, March 20, ZANIS–Defence Attache at the US embassy in Lusaka David Warlin has observed that an AIDS free generation can be achieved in Zambia .
Lieutenant colonel Warlin however says government should lead all stakeholders in setting policy, mobilising resources, and implementing HIV prevention care and treatment activities.
Lt Col Warlin has however noted that the commitment of the Zambia government to triple funding for the procurement of Anti Retroviral Drugs (ARVS) is a global example of the country’s ownership and investments.
He said the Zambian government should also be commended for recruiting more health workers and awarding hardworking staff already on the payroll.
Lt Col Warlin said this when he officiated at the Twinning Centre partners meeting in Chisamba today.
The HIV/AIDS Twinning Centre is a programme of the American International Health Alliance that creates peer to peer relationship between organisations working to improve services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
He further noted that the partnership between Zambia and the US government is stronger as the two are working together to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Lieutenant colonel Warlin also noted that development has been transformative for Zambia as more than 445,000 Zambians now have access to Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) and are living normal and productive lives.
He urged the partners at the meeting to seek guidance from the ministry of health to utilise their resources most effectively and to work towards implementing successful programmes.
And country coordinator for American International Health Alliance Annie Mumbi noted that the main objective of the meeting is to highlight and share ideas on how partnerships can develop and build sustainable programmes using the strength of local based practices.
Ms Mumbi said Zambia has made strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS hence the need for partners to engage effectively with government to contribute to the national health agenda.
The twinning centre partners meeting is being held under the theme “sustainability beyond challenges building on the best practices.”