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Zambia is Committed to ending AIDS by 2030-President Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu has pledged the Government’s commitment to ending AIDS by 2030. President Lungu said that ending AIDS by 2030 is only attainable if everyone takes responsibility and ownership of their health.

The President said that Government has embarked on a programme of ensuring universal health coverage which includes ending AIDS by 2030.

The Head of State said this in a speech read on his behalf by Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya during this year’s World AIDS Day commemorations at Kalingalinga grounds in Lusaka.

Zambia has become the 7th country to attain the 90-90-90 target of attaining HIV epidemic control, meaning that 90 per cent of the country’s population know their HIV status while 90 per cent of those living with HIV are on antiretroviral therapy and 90 per cent of those on treatment have reached viral load suppression.

And President Lungu has expressed appreciation to the American Government for supporting Zambia in its fight against HIV and AIDS.

United States Chargée D’ affaires David Young described Zambia’s attainment of the 90-90-90 epidemic control of HIV as an extraordinary achievement.

Mr. Young said this means that HIV will no longer be a leading cause of death and disability in the country.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio expressed happiness with the progress made by Zambia. Dr. Gadio called for continued collaboration among all stakeholders to sustain gains scored so far. She said this in a speech read on her behalf by UNAIDS Country Director Tharcisse Barihuta.

Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya (L) and American charge de' Affairs to Zambia, David Young at world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya (L) and American charge
de’ Affairs to Zambia, David Young at world Aids day in Lusaka
Lusaka youths displays the placards during world Aids day in Lusaka
Lusaka youths displays the placards during world Aids day in
Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitulu Chilufya(L) in a conversation with Dr.Patrick Lungu(r) while Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo looks on, during world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitulu Chilufya(L) in a conversation with
Dr.Patrick Lungu(r) while Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo
looks on, during world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya talks to American charge de' Affair to Zambia, David Young at world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitalu Chilufya talks to American charge
de’ Affair to Zambia, David Young at world Aids day in Lusaka
Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo before addressing invited guest during world Aids day in Lusaka
Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo before addressing
invited guest during world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitulu Chilufya(r)confers with Lusaka Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo during world Aids day in Lusaka
Minister of Health, Chitulu Chilufya(r)confers with Lusaka
Province Minister, Bowman Lusambo during world Aids day in Lusaka

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  1. Mmmm. 90% have reached viral suppression? Everyone who is HIV positive who I know remains with a higher than 50 copies of virus while on treatment. Unless one is connected it is impossible to get a mutation test or a change of drugs. People’s kidneys are being hammered by some of these drugs but you cannot get an alternative.

  2. We will do it. Diasporans are seen as high risk there abroad and are not allowed to donate blood because they view it as dirty. Let that sink in

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  3. Keep up the fight, Zambia has done well in managing this. Clearly some people above do not understand the difference between HIV and AIDS. The President mentioned that they are committed to ending AIDS in 2030. HIV may still be there and will continue to be managed by medication but no one should get to a state of AIDS. Hopefully new infection rates of HIV also decrease or cease.

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