Government hails AAH Zambia HIV/AIDS interventions
A Zambia minister has welcomed initiatives undertaken by AAH Zambia that has touched the lives of host communities and refugees.
“Thank you for your good work. It is interesting to learn what you are doing. You also strive to supplement Government’s efforts,” said the Youth and Sports minister Vincent Mwale, after visiting AAH Zambia’s information desk during this year’s World AIDS Day celebrations in Lusaka.
Mr Mwale took time to listen to AAH Zambia’s interventions in Lusaka and Kawambwa, where HIV/AIDS initiatives are being implemented. He interacted with some of the refugees that took part in the celebrations.
In an address to hundreds of Lusaka residents, the minister called on Zambian youth to be in the forefront in efforts aimed at prevention of HIV and AIDS. He said the youth were future leaders and their role in the fight against HIV and AIDS was crucial.
The minister said the Government is committed in ensuring that the country had zero new infections through universal access to prevention, treatment and support services.
Forty refugees participated at this year’s celebrations, under the local theme ‘Zambia’s Future: Getting zero HIV infections’.
AAH Zambia under the Urban Refugee Project is implementing an HIV/AIDS programme, aimed at sensitising refugees and the host community on the disease. The programme is being implemented with financial support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in partnership with UNHCR.