The United States of America through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has reaffirmed its commitment towards accelerating Zambia’s goal to achieve eradicating AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. 

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Prof Luckson Kasonka says Zambia will potentially receive US$390 million towards the fight against HIV/AIDS.

This includes money which the U.S. government will give to implementing partners, ARVs, HIV test kits, viral load testing among others. 

Prof Kasonka was speaking on the sidelines of the Country Operational Plan (COP23) Co-Planning Meeting that focused on reviewing the new PEPFAR strategic vision and engage in meaningful constructive dialogue.  

It was important that Zambia was represented at Country Operational Plan (COP23) Co-Planning Meeting to show Governments dimensions and commitment to supporting programs of treatment of people living with HIV, support programs of preventing new incidences of HIV and putting in measures that will use our own domestic resources,” Prof Kasonka said.

He however urged Zambians not to panic on the reduction in funding as government has prioritized the health sector by increasing funding towards the overall health budget including HIV medicines and supplies. 

This was contained in a statement issued by Zambia High commission First Secretary Press and Public Relations to South AfricaTamara Nyirenda. 

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