Victor Kalalanda investigates the world of the country’s illicit sex trade as part of a series. In this first piece, he goes undercover on one of Lusaka's infamous streets-Omelo Mumba.
University Of Zambia HIV/AIDS Peer Educators Association has urged other HIVAIDS educators to sensitize the public on all the ways the disease can be transmitted. Association Secretary General Nkana Lubunga told the Lusaka Star in an interview that HIV is rapidly spreading through other methods other than sex.
The University of Zambia (UNZA) HIV/AIDS Response Team is holding a Workshop aimed at training peer educators at the institution. HIV/AIDS Response Team secretary general, Nkana Lubunga, said the response team is training 25 UNZA students as a way of increasing the number of student peer educators at the institution. He explained that the peers will be responsible for campus HIV/AIDS sensitisation as well as the dissemination of information within and outside the campus.
UNZA Dermatovenerologist worried over lack of awareness of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) ARVs availability in clinics »
A University of Zambia (UNZA) Clinic health practitioner has observed that most students are ignorant about the Humane Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) preventive drugs given after exposure to the virus. National Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) Council Provincial and District Response Coordinator John Banda said the Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is available in the clinics countrywide.
THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has opened its first ever movie Cinema. The cinema named Response Movie Night Cinema will be run by student peer educators under the university's HIV and AIDS Response office.
EVERY year, on the 1st of December, people all over the world gather as a global community to commemorate World AIDS Day. It is a time for reflection. It is a time to reflect not only on those whose lives have been lost, but also those whose lives have been saved. To reflect on hope – hope for a generation free of AIDS, a goal which is very nearly within our grasp. It is a time to reflect on the future.
SOME clergymen in Lusaka have supported the move by National Aids Council chairperson Dr Joshua Banda, to encourage their congregants to take scientific treatment for healing. Bishop Joshua Banda, overseer of Northmead Assemblies of God, was quoted on Hot FM News on November 6th 2013, warning all clergies to desist from discouraging people on Anti-Retroviral Treatment to abandon treatment and entirely depend on spiritual healing.
THE move by the Ministry of Health to phase out a first line drug for HIV (Stavudine) and replace it with safer and better tolerated drugs, Tenofovir and Zidovine, is a good gesture that has come too late. The withdrawal of Stavudine from the antiretroviral treatment programme has come 10 years after it was introduced and obviously hundreds, if not thousands, have since suffered its chronic side effects.
THE Zambia Prisons Service (ZPS) has urged youths to remain proactive and join in the fight against HIV/AIDS. And ZPS says 64 Percent of the total prisons population is comprised of young people. Speaking at the commemoration of the 2012 World Aids Day in Livingstone at the Livingstone State Prison yesterday, Commissioner of Prisons Percy Chato said ZPS decided to organise this years World AIDS Day commemorations in Livingstone as a way to demonstrate that health programmes are not only meant for prisons in the Midlands.
In an interview with the Lusaka Star Online in Lilongwe Malawi, Chambuka said community leaders are the key custodians of culture without whom the fight against HIV and AIDS can be won. “Most of the risky behaviours or practices amongst young people are as a result of parents not openly talking about sexual matters with children due to some cultural beliefs that strongly suggest that this is taboo,” he stated.