National Aids Council gives K75,000 grant to three CBOs in Chipata

Chipata is among eleven districts in the country given funds to join in the fight in stopping new HIV infections by NAC, the National Aids Council.
NAC Director of Programmes, Herold Witola says that Chipata has been allocated 75,000 Kwacha, which will be given to three Community Based Organizations for HIV programmes.
Speaking during a live radio programme on Breeze FM, Dr. Witola explained that each of the three groups will receive 22,500 Kwacha while 7,500 Kwacha will be given to DATF, the District Aids Task Force office to facilitate and monitor the activities of the three CBOs.
And Dr. Witola says that Chipata like the other ten districts was picked because of high risk groups, high mobility and high HIV prevalence rate, which stands at 20 per cent.
He says that it is unacceptable that despite the country having a reduced HIV prevalence rate, most urban towns had prevalence rates in double digits.
Dr. Witola called for an end to stigmatization of organizations, which deal with HIV risk groups like sex workers.
And speaking during the same programme, Provincial Aids Coordination Advisor, Emmanuel Chama said that the three CBOs picked are Catholic Diocese Health Desk, Kachele Development Foundation and Young and Happy and Safe.
Mr. Chama paid tribute to cooperating partners, who are providing needed resources and care providers for their support.
He also appealed to people not to get fatigued with efforts to fight HIV, stating that those affected and infected need everlasting support.
Meanwhile NAC has introduced an electronic reporting system for all district aids task forces in the country.
Chipata District Aids Task Force Chairperson, Ernest Kabulasanda commended NAC for the move stating that donors can now easily follow HIV and AIDS activities and how their resources are being utilized just by click of a burton.
And Chipata District Aids Coordination Advisor, Margret Dube appealed to all stakeholders to be reporting their activities using stakeholders activity forms.
She indicated that it was through such reporting that the three CBOs, who accessed the money, were able to be funded for HIV and AIDS activities.

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