People living with HIV and some stakeholders and community members looking after orphans and vulnerable children have petitioned government to start supplying them with food supplements.

Field Officer for health and HIV/AIDS at CINDI, Brian Lukonde said many people in Chimwemwe and Chipata compounds have so far appended their signatures to the petition.

Mr. Lukonde said after a survey carried out in his organisation’s catchments areas, it was discovered that some people on anti-retro viral (ARV) drugs were not taking a balanced diet because to lack of food in their households.

He said this in an interview with ZANIS after a community sensitization programme in Chimwemwe township today.

He further said majority of the orphans and vulnerable children who were living with virus were not out of school because they had no food in their families.

Mr. Lukonde explained that poverty and hunger were most prevalent among the vulnerable because they had no source of income.

He said CINDI alone could not feed the high number of orphans and vulnerable children that were living with the virus hence the need to have the support from government.

ZANIS/PK/KSH/ENDS

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30 COMMENTS

  1. THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING THAT… WE HAVE THE MONEY FOR THAT NO EXCUSE!!!!!STUPID MINISTERS ALA PEOPLE R DIEING AND U WANT FREAKING INCREASE!!!!!!MULATUSEBANYA

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  2. Miss ponono 2010,warning, don’t even attempt to post your foolish ideas on this topic.

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  3. The govt provided free condoms and you ignored them. You went out on your own and even produced cash in exchange with HIV. Today kayaka ufuna mabani na zigolo from the govt. You are not fair and mind you the ARVs you are taking for free cost money and your fellow victims are buying in other countries. Balanced diet tenkoko nama chips iyo even ifisashi,kalebwe,ifipushi,ibondwe,etc can make you live longer. Let the govt put that money into developmental projects. Lets be fair to our govt guys if we want to see development.

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  4. MY FRIEND#4 NOT ALL PPLE GAT AIDS BY THERE ONW DOING..THERE ARE ALOT OF RAPE VICTIMS AND BAD BLOOD TRANSFUSION.. WHENKOKO WHE I THINK NOBE BA WISO NI BA MINISTER ONE OF THEM SELFISH BUGGERS.. WHAT U MEAN BE FAIR TO THE GOVERNMENT.. WHAT HAVE THEY DONE FOR US..ALA!!!!

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  5. #4 Kwena ulichisoso have sympathy for these people just like #5 said it’s not always that people who are HIV get it from sex, wechpuba we u shud learn the different ways people get HIV from.Even it’s through sex they still are human beings who deserve love and all the basic things,u are the ones that even discriminate other people.Not only that there are traces of Xenophobia in u..Fill your heart with love for everyone and u will lose nothing,it only makes the world a better place.Do u think u are more human than HIV/AIDS people?And what development projects are u talking bout?Are there new buildings or roads constructed?Dont be afraid to think its all good.

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  6. #4 PONYAX NI MWANA MINISTER. RICH KID HE DONT EVEN KNOW WHATS GOING ON IN LIFE. U ARE CHAPS WHO ARE DRIVEN IN GRZ CARS BY YO FATHERS DRIVER WHO IS PROBLY 60 YRS OLD AND U DONT GIVE HIM NO RESPECT… GROW UP MAN

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  7. # 5 & 6 I still oppose giving chicken & chips for break fast, T-borne and rice for lunch and fish or beans nefimbombo for super for those with HIV. Free ARVs are enough my freind because if this good milile is approved tukalwala abengi pakweba ati tukalelilako naifwe.

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  8. I am glad that the people of zambia are now begining to stand up for themselves. Our ministers are not the only ones entitled to our copper? way to go people…it is high time the govt takes care of it’s own people. we do not have to wait for donors to step in.

    Number 8…! go jerk off.

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  9. # 4 should travel. He must be told that it’s the duty of the government to take care of it’s people. People in the UK who’re over weight are paid disability allowance just like those with chronicle illnesses. Asking GRZ to take care of those affected with HIV isn’t asking too much. Wake up, that’s the use of tax payer’s money.

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  10. I am sick and tired of some of Ponyax’s comments. To you everything is a joke. Inshiku tashichela mumo goes the Bemba saying.

    I wonder what kind of a Zambian you are? Please do not lie that you have never experienced HIV-AIDS in your family to understand what it feels like.

    May God continue to bless you.

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  11. #12 True,true.Besides with all the poverty and unemployment,where do you think HIV people will get the food from when people like PONYAX are unsympaheic towards them?The govt should provide coz it’s not doing enough to reduce poverty.HIV+ people are human beings and not animals.Being HIV+ does not make one worthless and subhuman.Let’s love those that are afflicted otherwise stigma will never end!!!!!!!!

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  12. bonyax,

    you have no brains my friend, i wish one of your family members or yourself get HIV then you will understand what people are talking about you foolish bastard.

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  13. While the tone of #4 Ponyax appears childish, you still have to be realistic. As a nation I think we are missing the point. In my opinion there is a strong correlation between poverty and incidence of longstanding pandemics like HIV/TB/Malaria etc. Developed countries have both the economic and technical muscle to rid their societies of these diseases.Following this line of thinking the real solution would be to find a way to fast track economic and scientific progress in our nation. The way to do that is to place qualified and talented people in power so they can guide the nation. Even when you say the Zambian economy is growing bear in mind that its still a very fragile economy,

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  14. cont’d: The way to fast track economic progress lies in increasing local production. Investing less money in consumption and more money in capital goods and infrastructure. It may be painful in the beginning because there maybe less investment in welfare issues but its a necessary step in the trajectory to real & sustainable economic development. Ministers asking for a huge pay rise while inflation is on the upswing shows the level of our leadership, transferring money which could have been used on capital investment into their pockets so that they can go on shopping sprees tells you the extent to which this leadership is clueless. God help Zambia

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  15. Zambia cannot afford to be a welfare society. We don’t make that much money in taxes to be feeding people. What will be next? Unemployment benefits? Let’s channel the few resources that we have to developmental projects and wealth creation. As we become more prosperous, more people will have more opportunities and societal ills such as HIV may reduce. Don’t have short memories. Remember KK’s coupons and effects it had on the mass migration from rural to urban areas.

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  16. WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, says the Word of God! When you are being told no sex before marriage or one man one woman, you say: NIVA KUDALA IVO! Now KAMUTALALA, you want to involve/hold the entire country on ramson bcoz of your stupidity NABU CHITOMFWA BWENI! atase panse!

    The country is in a hurry to develop but we are failing becoz the attitude of pipo like you who take sex casually and taking the country backwards. Some of the costs the country is encountering can be avoided with change of attitude!

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  17. #2 What seem to be your problem. If you don’t have anything to contribute then just stay quete instead of posting your same odd text even on the other topic, same comment posted.

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  18. Issues of HIV have should be taken seriously. Its not a joke. You may be thinking you do not have it, but wait till you go for the HIV test, and the result comes out. It disturbs a lot. But thanks to organisations like ZNAN, which are there to help those affected.
    There is information which can help even others who are HIV. Lets join this fight together as a nation.
    The concern raised about supplements, is very genuine. All the HIV people are asking is for the Govt to hear them and assist.
    Money is there, and Magande said, ” We have money in in trillions”.

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  19. Abstainee, you analyse issues at a grade seven level. Death has no preference, even with your “negative” status you could be gone tomorrow. You will surely burn in hell with your misplaced quotations of the bible. For your own information kids, who have never had sex have contracted Hiv thru blood transfusions. MORON!

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  20. Am very dispointed by ponyax and his fellow fools. jow can you be heartless and say bad things about yo fellow zedians you have no heart, are we not one zambia one nation, lets help our brothers and sisters we all have be affected by hiv , we have lost mother, fathers, childred and our friends.

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  21. I’m not comfortable with the term Zedian. Our children will be lost if we continue twisting even what is already straight. Remember even Zimbabweans can be Zedian.

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  22. Before you people crucify Ponyax try to examine the advantages and the disadvantages.If the Govt starts to specialise in freebees we as human being will only take it for granted that there will always be free food.Welfare/beefit system has never benn God’s plan.That is why the hand that does not work should not eat.Why don’t we Zambians plan our lives?Why should I always depend on someone to help me and if they don’t I become bitter?Why on earth should one think of having 9 children whe they don’t work and especially in Zambia?
    On the other hand there are children and spouses who have been left destitute who according to the Boble we should help the widows and orphans.And by the way not

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  23. cont
    evryone who is HIV positive just sits at home does nothing.In the western world HIv is just like Hypertention or Diabetes and not the way we have made it in Zambia.

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  24. We spend a fortune on the Zambia National soccer team and all they do is lose. We spend K1 billion on that Mbikusita woman? We are paying this new caoch at least $10,000 dollars a month. This kind of money can help a vast majority of the Sick! We need a leader who can put things in the right perespective.

    #26. You are confusing yourself. Zedian is not legit word it is more like slang pushi iwe!!

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  25. #29 Mbuzi,the national team won on Wednesday.They qualified to Africa cup 2010.They have anly lost three times in the past thwo years if am not mistaken so say something else why you dont want the money to be spent there.England has only won one major tournament way back in 1966 but to date it spends a fourtune on their nationa teams.In zambia most people are busy watching English soccer than their won teams-Neo colonial mentality hard to get rid of

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