Lack of funds hampering operations of HIV support groups in Mkushi

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The Network of People Living with HIV(NZP+) in Mkushi district in Central Province have singled out the absence of income generating activities as being the major challenge that is affecting HIV Support Groups in the District.

Mkushi NZP+ Coordinator Ben Lupashi said that over the past one year only 41 out of a total of 79 support groups were active in both Mkushi North and South Constituencies.

He noted that in view of the situation, there was need for support groups to scale up in aspects such as organization, focus as well as submitting regular reports to NZP+ district office.

Mr. Lupashi stressed that improved liaison between support groups and the NZP+ executive committee would help NZP’s efforts to link the said groups with donor funding agencies.

He also singled out the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ) for having funded NZP+ Mkushi Chapter throughout the year 2014.

He disclosed that CHAZ had funded about K19, 000 for operations in Mkushi North and Mkushi South Constituencies.

Mr. Lupashi said the funds enabled NZP+ to carry out many activities such as resuscitating of support groups as well as accessing office infrastructure to ease operations.

He however mentioned that his organization was hopeful of closer rapport with district administration as well as Members of Parliament (MPs), saying that there was need to incorporate NZP+ in platforms such as District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC).