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ZCHPP Moves to End HIV Stigma

The Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (ZCHPP) has created special escorted referral centres to curb stigma against people living with HIV in Kalulushi District on the Copperbelt Province.

ZCHPP Coordinator Bernard Kawimbe said the escorted referral programme is a measure the organization is using to fight high stigma.

“The escorted referral strategy has been found to be effective because clients are escorted to the facilities and ensure they start treatment,” Kawimbe said.

He was speaking during a presentation to discuss the performance of the project for stakeholders in Kalulushi.

Kawimbe said there is need for effective counselling for reduction of stigma in the communities.

He disclosed that the organization is focusing on adolescent girls and their sexual partners, including the mobile population.

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the number of new HIV infections, which are mostly community based.

This is in line with government’s new approach of reducing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the area and the country as a whole, under the mandatory testing and treatment policy.

It is under the Universal Routine HIV Testing that gives an opportunity to provide immediate treatment and care for all HIV infected individuals without using CD4 count as eligibility criteria for HIV treatment.

3 Comments

  1. josephat

    am akenyan, and affected with.

  2. Dineo

    Hi my name is dineo l found out that im HIV positive 2017 and l made peace with it l take my treatment correctly,and two months later when l went to clinic to test for my viral load it was on 149 l was so scared because l have a small baby and I’m still breastfeeding him so l was very scared for my child but luckily when he was born he was negative l hope it can stay that way

  3. Michael

    Cure it and stop supporting these Westerns life controlling philosophy

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