Zambia among top 10 countries with highest HIV prevalence


Zambia has been ranked amongst the top 10 countries that are burdened with highest HIV prevalence in the world.

And Zambian first lady Esther Lungu will this year grace the World Aids Day which falls on December 1 every year which will be commemorated in Livingstone.

According to the global HIV prevalence statistics obtained by the National Aids Council, Zambia is on 10th position with three per cent while South Africa leads the chart with 18 percent.

Speaking during an HIV media breakfast presentation in Livingstone on Monday, Southern Province HIV/AIDS coordinator  and advisor William Sikazwe said Government was committed to reduce the pandemic by the year 2030.

Mr. Sikazwe said as a country, Zambia has identified six major interventions which must be undertaken to tackle HIV.

The six major interventions are treatment, counselling  and testing, elimination of mother-to-child transmission and voluntary medical male circumcision.

Mr. Sikazwe said other interventions are the use of condoms and the so-called summary of benefits and coverage (SBC).

He said in terms of coordination structures in the quest to end HIV in the country, Government through Cabinet Office released circular No. 10 of 2014 to re-align the operations of the District Aids Taskforce (DATF) to local government.

Mr. Sikazwe said in his presentation that DATF would now become HIVandAIDS committees which would fall under the councils’ standing committees.

And the First Lady Esther Lungu will this year grace the World Aids Day which falls on December 1 every year.

Mr. Sikazwe said NAC would rely on the media to highlight some of the activities that would take place prior to the event.

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