SHIKANDA KAWANGA, Livingstone
TEN models will on July 21 take to the catwalk at the New Fairmount Hotel in Livingstone for the Miss Voluntary, Counselling and Testing (VCT) beauty
pageant as part of the activities to commemorate the World VCT Day.
Contact Trust Youth Association (CTYA), in pursuit of its mission of helping young people access quality information on sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS, has partnered with New Fairmount Hotel to organise the beauty pageant.
The models selected within Livingstone will be vying for various prizes after which they will become “VCT Community Champions” and start raising awareness among their peers more especially adolescent girls and young women on the importance of VCT to help attain the 90-90-90 Targets by 2020.
Speaking in an interview with the Weekend Mail, CTYA director Ronnie Jere said CTYA is pleased to contribute to the 90-90-90 Campaign.
“The 90-90-90 campaign is aimed at seeing to it that 90 percent of HIV positive people know their status, 90 percent of people living with HIV are put on treatment and 90 percent of people living with HIV are on treatment to achieve viral suppression,” Jere says.
CTYA believes that there is still hope for Zambia because over 88 percent of the country’s population is HIV negative. His organisation shall continue to promote local responses against HIV/AIDS aimed at ensuring that those who are negative should not get infected.
The models taking part in the pageant are Sibeso Muhamubi, 22, Natasha Chipacha, 23, Stephanie Mulamata, 21, Agnes Nyangu, 20, Edith Hope Zimba, 23, Namakau Simenda, 19, Naomi Chizyuka, 24, Flavia Milimo, 23, Rachael Nyala, 17 and Tumelo Maelo, 24.
The Miss VCT winner is expected to walk away with K2,000 while the First Princess will get K1,500, the Second Princess K1,000 and the Miss Personality a K500 among various complimentary packages.