AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF), a global organization operating in 36 countries has said it cherishes the enabling environment that government has created for it to operate in.
AHF National Medical Director Brigadier General Lawson Simapuka said he was happy that government had created an enabling environment for AHF Zambia which was one of the largest global AIDS organization ries offering HIV testing, treatment, care and support and condoms distribution.
Dr Simapuka was speaking at the weekend during the official opening and equipment handover ceremony at Lab Hub for AHF supported Sites at Twatasha Clinic in Kitwe.
“At both global and country level, AHF is involved in HIV advocacy and marketing activities engaging governments and other stakeholders in making HIV policies favourable to cost-effective and efficient implementation of HIV services delivery plans.
“It is in this vein that AHF-Zambia is today playing its role to maintain the moment towards 90/90/90 Goal by handing over equipment as follows: Biosafety cabinet worth K127,600.00, Laboratory equipment worth K1,176,811.00, Motorbike for sample courier worth K32,000. The total cost of the assets is K1,336,411.00,” said Dr Simapuka
He said AHF has embarked on a procurement of capital and infrastructure development to increase space for treating, caring and support services.
“This is done yearly according to the needs of the supported sites and AHF-Zambia has been doing this, the last 12 years of existence in Zambia. AHF has also deployed clinical officers, nurses, Laboratory technicians, Pharmacy technicians, Data entry clerks, HIV counselors and HIV medics,” He said.
And speaking later , acting Kitwe District Commissioner Chikafuna Banda said the donation of the equipment by AHF was a significant milestone in addressing the burden of HIV and AIDS that Zamabia was faced with.
Dr Banda said the donation was also one of the most important contribution towards achieving the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in the country by 2030.
“This gesture is also in line with the Zambian government’s call for close collaboration in this important cause. Furthermore, this gesture by AHF is very significant as it signals the strength of the relationship between the government and the cooperating partners who have continued to invest in developing different services in Zambia.