AHF Zambia, Zambian Ministry of Health to Dedicate New ‘Chifundo ART Clinic,’ a Free AIDS Treatment Clinic, May 14th

LUSAKA, Zambia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Honorable Jean Kapata, Mandevu Member of Parliament and the

Tourism and Arts Minister for the Republic of Zambia, will cut the

ribbon and help dedicate Chifundo a Clinic of Mercy, a new free

state-of-the-art anti-retroviral therapy (ART) HIV/AIDS treatment clinic

that is a collaboration between Zambia's Ministry of Health and AHF

Zambia, a country program of AIDS

Healthcare Foundation (AHF). The ribbon cutting and dedication takes

place Wednesday, 14 May 2014. Over two hundred honored guests, health

centre staff and local residents are expected to attend the clinic

ceremony. AHF Zambia's Chifundo ART Clinic is located in the Ministry of

Health's Chaisa Health Centre in the Mandevu District of Lusaka, the

capital of Zambia.

WHAT:

 

 

 

Ribbon-cutting Ceremony & AIDS Clinic Dedication--AHF

Zambia dedicates new state-of-the-art free AIDS treatment clinic, Chifundo

a Clinic of Mercy

 

WHEN:

WEDNESDAY, May 14th 2014

 

WHERE:

CHIFUNDO A CLINIC OF MERCY, Chiasa Health Centre

WHO:

The Honorable Jean Kapata, Mandevu Member of Parliament &

Tourism and Arts Minister, Republic of Zambia

Dr. Lawson Simapuka, Medical Director, AHF Zambia

Victoria Kalota, Country Program Manager, AHF Zambia

Chipasa Mbuzi, Laboratory Technologist in Charge, AHF Zambia

Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau Chief for AIDS

Healthcare Foundation

Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation

VISUALS:

Tours of the new, state-of-the-art free AIDS treatment clinic,

interview opportunities

Over one million Zambians are thought to be living with HIV/AIDS. Of

those, about 350,000 individuals are currently on lifesaving

antiretroviral treatment.



Chaisa compound is a densely populated area of Mandevu constituency in

Lusaka with a population of more than seventy-thousand people. It has a

high HIV/AIDS preference rate and the coming of Chifundo Clinic to this

area is a blessing to the people of Chaisa and other surrounding areas.

The organisation through its Clinic provides HIV treatment and care

services to the community for free. AHF also has a mobile HIV Testing

unit that goes into the community to conduct free HIV testing.

"It is a privilege to partner with the Ministry of Health and to take

part in the dedication of the new Chifundo ART Clinic today," said Dr.

Lawson Simapuka, Medical Director for AHF Zambia. "This facility

will offer free HIV testing, counseling, treatment and care--including

the provision of antiretroviral treatment--mother & child health and

general outpatient psychosocial support, as well as providing free

condoms to the community. It is a much-needed resource, and one that we

hope will go a long way in helping to address and combat the HIV/AIDS

epidemic in Zambia."

"The Government of the Republic of Zambia has prioritized making ART

available to all Zambians in need. We are honored to share that mission

with the government, and indeed all Zambians, as we dedicate and

celebrate the opening of the Chifundo ART Clinic--the first site in

Zambia that AHF has built from the ground up," said Michael

Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "The combination

of commitment and expertise in clinical, public health and management

skills that are essential for successful HIV treatment programs are

brought together in this facility, which we envision as a touchstone of

successful collaboration in the fight against AIDS in Zambia."

"AHF's first undertaking in Zambia came about in 2004 when we officially

launched and dedicated the Salvation Army--AIDS Healthcare Foundation Muka

Buumi clinic at the Chikankata Hospital located in Mazabuka

District. Since then, AHF has conducted numerous HIV Medics training

programs in the country, training individuals who work under medical

supervision to assist in scaling-up ART services--an effort that may go a

long way to help address the need for treatment in Zambia," said

Victoria Kalota, Country Program Manager, AHF Zambia.

"Our location in Chaisa, Lusaka is at one of the hot spots of the

epidemic in Zambia. With a prevalence of over 20% throughout the whole

Lusaka urban area, this clinic provides much needed hope for so many

clients to receive quality services and presents a model of public -

private partnerships in which complimentary efforts and http://Victoria-Lawson.easyxblogs.com pulling

resources together has enabled us have this magnificent building that we

dedicate today" said Dr. Penninah Iutung Amor, Africa Bureau

Chief for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who is based in Kampala, Uganda.

Of the thirty-four million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide,

twenty-four million people still do not have access to AIDS treatment.

In response, in November 2013, AHF, together with a number of

other organizations, kicked off '20x20'

- a groundbreaking global effort to scale up the number of people on

lifesaving AIDS treatment to ensure that 20 million people worldwide are

on antiretroviral treatment by the year 2020.

About AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS

organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over

300,000 individuals in 32 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin

America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe.

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