The Zambia National AIDS Network (ZNAN) has started implementing phase two of the Anti-Retro Treatment (ART) programme worth US$28 million under the auspices of the global fund.
And the Zambia National AIDS Network has flagged-off a nationwide distribution of bicycles worth K1.2 billion to ART implementing partners.
Speaking shortly after he handed-over the 3, 994 bicycles to ART implementing partners, ZNAN Grants Manager Banabas Chiboboka said the US$28 million global fund would play a pivotal role in the fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country.
Mr. Chiboboka further said the US$28 million global fund will help in scaling up the fight against HIV/AIDS as it will target key areas that would include prevention, care and support services to the affected people.
He urged organisations dealing with HIV/AIDS programmes to apply for the funds saying there is need to scale-up the fight against HIV/AIDS through prevention, care and support.
He said there is need to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic which he said has continued to rob the nation with the most skilled human resource.
He said the handing-over of bicycles to ART implementing partners has again marked an important milestone in the country’s national crusade of fighting the further spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Mr. Chiboboka noted that the donated bicycles to implementing partners will be used in community HIV/AIDS outreach activities.
The ART implementing partners that have benefited from the 3, 994 bicycles include the Development AID from People to People (DAPP), International AIDS Alliance, SAFAIDS, KARA Counseling, Africare, CHEP, ZATULET and FHT.
Giving a vote of thanks, DAPP Programmes Manager Amos Lwando commended ZNAN for its continued role in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country.
Mr. Lwando said the donated bicycles to implementing partners will go a long way in enhancing mobility during HIV/AIDS sensitization activities as well as the provision of care and support to the HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons.
He further disclosed that his organisations has received about K7 billion from ZNAN from the time it started partnering with ZNAN.