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Government has put measures in place to help reduce new HIV infections especially among the youths in the country.


Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport Christopher Mulenga said increased condom distribution and voluntary medical male circumcisions were among efforts government was using to reduce the spread of HIV among young people.


Mr. Mulenga said these concerted efforts by government in collaboration with other cooperating partners greatly contributed to the drop in new HIV infections rate in Zambia by almost 41 percent.


He has however said despite the drop in new HIV infections, there was need to double the efforts by developing new strategies of fighting the pandemic.


The deputy minister sad this in Lusaka today during the launch of the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) 2014 state of world population report under the theme, “the power of 1.8 billion.”


Mr. Mulenga commended the UNFPA for working closely with government in the provision of youth friendly sexual reproductive health services to young people.


And UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin has called on all countries in the world to take cognizance of today’s record of 1.8 billion young people and their key role in national development processes.


In a speech read on his behalf by UNFPA deputy representative Chinwe Ogbonna, Dr. Osotimehin said young people present an enormous opportunity to transform the future of the nations they represent.


Dr. Osotimehin said there was need to provide significant insights on the numerous development challenges faced by adolescents and youths particularly in most African countries.