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Zambia reduces Mother to Child Transmission of HIV to 4PC from 45 – Dr Chilufya

HEALTH minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya says 120,000 people living with HIV across the country were put on Anti-Retrial Viral therapy by end of December last year.

Speaking at the PEPFAR Planning Meeting for Country Operation Plan (COP) 2020 held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dr Chilufya said Zambia had achieved significant strides towards its goal to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the country.

He said the country had further managed to reduce Mother to Child HIV transmission to about four per cent from 45 per cent a decade ago.

Dr Chilufya said about 96 per cent of males have since undergone Voluntary Male Circumcision as one of the strategies to prevent HIV transmission.

He expressed optimism that Zambia was likely to receive increased funding from her partners in the fight against HIV owing to the achievements recorded so far.

Dr Chilufya said that Zambia received close to US$500 million last year from the American government as support towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.

He disclosed that the country was now moving towards achieving zero transmission of HIV as it has put a lot of intervention strategies in place.

Dr Chilufya said the focus for 2020 would be on enhancing and consolidating the achievements recorded so far.

He was accompanied to the COP 20 meeting by Ministry of Health permanent secretary in charge of technical services Dr Kennedy Malama, national coordinator HIV treatment, care Professor Lloyd Mulenga and Dr Tina Chisenga, assistant director Infectious Diseases.

This is according to Naomi Nyawali, first secretary press and public relations at Zambia’s High Commission in South Africa.

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