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UNFPA donates180 condom dispensers to State, NAC

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
THE United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has given over 180 condom dispensers to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and National AIDS Council (NAC).
Speaking during the commemoration of the International Condom Day (ICD) under the theme ‘Wrap your love’, UNFPA deputy country representative Chinwe Ogbonna said the initiative is aimed at reducing the transmission of HIV and AIDS, unintended pregnancies and empowering of communities to take action in preventing sexually transmitted infections.
“Zambia still remains one of the countries with the highest burden of HIV and AIDS in the world. HIV continues to threaten development gains made so far, especially that the momentum on HIV prevention interventions seems to be slowing down, “she said.
Ms Ogbonna said in Zambia, statistics show that unprotected sex accounts for 80 percent of the HIV transmission.
“We are aware of the challenges such as stigma around condoms and  condom use, as well as inequalities across urban and  rural areas.We are also aware of the weak supply chain management, including challenges due to bulky packaging of condoms,” she said.
Deputy Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya said condom programming as outlined in the country’s National AIDS Strategic Framework is helping the nation to focus to “Zero new HIV infections, zero stigma and discrimination and zero AIDS, related deaths”.
Dr Chilufya commended UNFPA and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Zambia for their effective contribution towards the prevention and treatment of HIV, specifically around condom programming.
And (AHF) country programme manager Brigadier-General Lawson Simapuka said his organisation is on an expansion program to provide prevention, treatment care and support services in the country in collaboration with government.

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