Renowned HIV and AIDS Activist Manasseh Phiri has died. Dr. Phiri who was also Prostrate Cancer Campaigner and Educator died this morning from the Cancer Diseases Hospital in Lusaka. His Elder Brother, Chris Phiri has confirmed the death to ZNBC News in Lusaka today.
Mr. Phiri said Dr Phiri’s wish is that within 24 hours after his death, his body be cremated. The cremation is expected to take place at 15 hours today at St Anne’s funeral parlor in Lusaka. He said Dr. Phiri also wants the family to hold a Memorial Service in his honour at his Farm. Mr. Phiri said funeral gathering is at his Musa farm in Kafue.
Dr. Phiri also served as Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation -ZNBC- Director General in 1993.
ZAMBIA’S foremost HIV activist, prostate cancer campaigner and educator, Dr. Manasseh Phiri has died.
Dr. Phiri, 68, died at the University Teaching Hospital Cancer Diseases Hospital around 04:00 hours this morning.
Dr. Phiri was evacuated to South Africa in January 2019 to receive specialist treatment at Awryp Medical Centre in Johannesburg. However last week, he returned to Zambia as his condition was believed to be terminal.
In 2016, Dr. Phiri announced that he had been fighting prostate cancer since 2014 and the cancer was in remission. Dr. Phiri also founded the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Zambia (PCFZ) and joined hands with late veteran broadcaster Chanda Chimba III to raise awareness about the cancer.
And the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) is saddened by the death of its Former Director General and renowned HIV and AIDS Activist Mannaseh Phiri.
ZNBC Corporate Affairs Manager, Yvette Chanda says the corporation has learnt of the death of Dr. Phiri with a deep sense of regret and loss.
Mrs. Chanda says Dr. Phiri, who was also a Radio and television personality, trained, advised and inspired a lot of current and former members of staff at ZNBC.
She says Dr. Phiri was an accomplished professional who continued to be a reliable expert on HIV and AIDS and Prostate Cancer issues and was always available whenever ZNBC reporters and producers called on him for his expert analysis, even after he left the Corporation.
Mrs. Chanda in a statement to ZNBC News said the Corporation will greatly miss Dr. Phiri’s professionalism, which contributed to the production of high-quality radio and television programmes at the Corporation.
Dr. Phiri had been part of the ZNBC for many years even before he became Director General in 1993, as he was involved in presenting several Radio programmes on a part time basis.
Among the people he worked with is current ZNBC Director General Richard Mwanza. Mrs. Chanda said ZNBC wishes Dr. Phiri’s family God’s comfort during this trying period.