MOF’s HIV/AIDS workplace wellness policy launche

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The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with the GIZ this morning launched the HIV and AIDS Workplace wellness policy which is aimed at addressing issues that are pertinent to the improvement of health of workers at the Ministry.

Speaking during the launch at the Ministry of Finance this morning, Acting President Alexander Chikwanda, says HIV and AIDS, Sexually transmitted communicable illness and even non-communicable complications are serious afflictions that have exerted a severe toll on the country.

Mr. Chikwanda who is also Finance Minister says the diseases severe toll on the country is with a glaring unsanitary consequence on society.

The Acting President also notes that the country has legitimate expectations to benefit from the demographic dividend implicit in a young population which equipped with requisite skills and given an enabling environment can deliver.

He observed that through this wellness workplace policy initiative his Ministry can address the issues that are pertinent to the use amelioration of health.
Speaking at the same event, GIZ Country Director Thomas Schaef has observed that his organization is aware of the fact that Zambia is among African countries with high HIV prevalence rate despite significant decrease in some populations and in some geographical areas.

Mr. Schaef says this observation supported by the National Health Strategic Plan 2011 to 2015, which shows that Zambia has a high burden of disease, which mainly is characterized by the high prevalence and impact of communicable diseases like HIV and AIDS, STI, TB and high maternal, new born and child morbidities, and mortalities ensuring thereof.