Mogae to lead HIV free Generations team to Zambia

A team of  Champions  For an HIV  free  Generations  will be coming to Zambia on the 19th – 21 October  to meet  with  the country’s  top leaders  to encourage  an accelerated  response  to the epidemic.   

 

Former Botswana President Festus Mogae and Chairman of the champions will lead the team to Zambia  at the invitation of President Rupiah Banda.

 

According to a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today by National AIDS Council Spokesperson Justine Mwiinga, the team will meet with President Banda, Parliamentarians, Cabinet Ministers, traditional leadership,Civil Society  Organisations  and  People Living with H IV  and development partners.

 

The Statement noted that the purpose of  the Champions visit was to share  regional  experiences in the  response  to HIV,  gain  insight  on  progress  and challenges  towards  the scale –up  of HIV  prevention  initiatives in Zambia and to also explore  possible  solutions  to reduce  new infections.

 

The high power delegation will include Zambia’s Former First President Dr Kaunda, Uganda‘s former Vice President Dr  Speciosa Wandira and Professor. Miriam Were former Chairperson of Kenya ‘s National  AIDS  Control  Council.

 

 

The Champions  For  HIV –free  generation  project  was launched  during the  17 international  AIDS  conference  in Mexico city..

 

 The team focuses on the Sub Sahara Africa, home to more than two thirds of all people living with HIV globally. With an emphasis  on proven  prevention  practices , champions  embrace  and promote  key policy, legal cultural and behavioral  practices and messages that can help  accelerate  the social  outcomes  need to achieve  an HIV-free generation.

 

The Statement further states that the epidemic has had significant impact in Zambia with more women at 16.1 percent living with HIV and AIDS compared to their male counterparts at 12.3 percent.

 

‘’Girls continue to drop out of school to provide care and support in AIDS-affected households. In 2009, it was estimated that 927,693 people were living with HIV, nearly 83, 000 adults were newly infected with the epidemic, implying that they were, about 200 new infections each day.  

 

ZANIS

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