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Zambia receives $3bn PEPFAR funds

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
ZAMBIA received over US$3 billion in 2016 from the United State President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in small grants to community-based organisations to foster the fight against HIV.
According to a statement issued by the American Embassy in Lusaka, more than 300 small, local organisations received the funds.
Acting PEPFAR country coordinator Bethany Baxter said the US is proud to support grassroots, community-based organisations working in the areas of HIV and AIDS prevention.
Ms Baxter said the support also includes care and support of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and democracy and governance related to Zambia’s national HIV response.
“We are proud to support local leaders in HIV and AIDS and are always impressed by their dedication and motivation. Community-based programmes are essential for Zambia’s long-term response to its HIV/AIDS epidemic,” she said.

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