NAC injects K100,000 in AIDS fight

NANCY MWAPE, Livingstone
THE National AIDS Council (NAC) has disbursed K99,000 to three local communities in Livingstone to create demand for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
The three groups that received money are Maramba Neighbourhood Health Committee (NHC), Mahatma Gandhi NHC and Libuyu NHC, each getting K33,000.
The interventions are expected to be implemented in one year.
Speaking in Livingstone yesterday, provincial AIDS co-ordination advisor for Southern Province William Sikazwe said the council has seen the need to bring on board local communities in the fight against HIV.
“Community participation is very critical as they are the affected people. If we strictly follow the guidelines on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and use antiretroviral drugs [ARVs] on pregnant women, we can have children born without HIV,” he said.
Mr Sikazwe said the communities know where to find affected people and the challenges they face.
He said NAC wants to work with people living with HIV and that the support groups have been brought in to help drive the change.
Mr Sikazwe said the three groups will help create demand in communities for people to access biomedical interventions provided by the Ministry of Health.
He said the District AIDS Task Force will co-ordinate the groups while the Livingstone City Council will manage the money.
The Ministry of Health will ensure the groups are linked to health facilities.
Mr Sikazwe said NAC is already supporting 10 communities in Livingstone that received K25,000 each to implement demand generating activities for high impact interventions.

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