Thursday, 4 February 2016


The International Organization for Migration (lOM) has pledged to continue partnering with government to ensure a free HIV Zambia by the year 2030.
IOM Health Officer, Nomagugu Ncube, said this during a three-day smart and targeted investment in HIV and AIDS response in border town initiative workshop held in Chirundu District.
Mrs Ncube said mobility is a driver of HIV creating conditions for multiple sexual networks.
She said the conditions surrounding the migration process increase vulnerability to HIV particularly for circular migrants like truck drivers and cross-border traders.
"People are always on the move from one point to another an d this makes it easier for the virus to cross borders, too," she said
"We need to identify the vulnerabilities and needs of the migrants," she added.
And National Aids Council (NAC) public private sector coordinator, Ellen Mubanga, observed that despite the national prevalence rate being 13.3 per cent border, areas are still recording high prevalence rates.
She noted that new HIV infections in border areas are also on the increase.
And Chirundu District Commissioner, Alfred Hamunjo, who officially opened the workshop, said government and its partners have prioritised implementation of high impact interventions to reduce new infections.
"HIV is a common enemy to everyone and it should be fought," he said.
"This enemy affects every human being as well as the economy," he noted.

The smart and targeted investment in HIV and AIDS response in Chirundu border town initiative workshop is being held from 3rd to 5th February, 2016.

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