Stakeholders in Zambia hail the SAfAIDS Rock Leadership 90 model
LUSAKA, 27 October 2016 - SAfAIDS with support from UNAIDS RST ESA held a meeting with key stakeholder from Ministry of Health, UN family, AIDS Service Organisations,, media fraternity and civil society. The meeting was organised to disseminate the community mapping report that was done in Kafue District under the UNAIDS supported Rock Leadership 90 project that seeks to strengthen the community response towards the achievement of Fast Track targets for Ending AIDS; through capacitating community leadership to Champion the End of AIDS in Southern Africa. Mr Ngoni Chibukire, Regional Team Leader on Gender, Leadership and Human Rights articulated the model using a step by step approach which was hailed by participants as a model that will increase uptake of HTS and will work towards ending AIDS by 2030 if its scale up in all provinces of Zambia.
In Zambia, the project is being implemented in Kafue district, targeting 30 political, religious and traditional leaders to mobilise communities for increased uptake of HIV services. The major gaps identified in the mapping exercise conducted by SAfAIDS in 2016, included the fact that although National HIV prevallence in Zambia is about 13.3%, the prevallence rate for Kafue is over the national average. HIV is even worse off in subgrouping of key population, and is higher as 27% and more. Among the key drivers of the epidemic in the district are Alcohol, Sex Work, MCP, Lack of Condoms, Human Rights, Peer Pressure. The SAfAIDS Country Representative, Mr. Chrispin Chomba stressed the critical role that traditional leaders can play in the district in line with the UNAIDS target of ending AIDS by 2030. This calls for concerted efforts between all key stakeholders in the district in the spirit of leaving no one behind.