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Zambia: HIV Cure research should be broadened

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The Zambian delegation at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington has expressed its view in support of the broadened HIV cure research in order to find the most efficient way in dealing with the deadly and highly contagious virus.

Speaking at the event, National Development Planning minister Alexander Chiteme called for additional funding to reduce HIV’s huge economic impact on the developing countries. According to him, the measures with more sponsored money provided should also focus on rural community support as they are one of the main sources of the disease.

Chiteme also emphasised that Zambia had made substantial progress in the response to HIV and AIDS, reducing the AIDS-related death per year rate from 69,000 in 2002 to 19,000 in 2018. At the moment, more than 2,900 health facilities countrywide have the proper equipment for detecting the virus and can provide any linked tests to the residents.

“I want to assure you that government will continue to develop mechanisms for its long-term sustainability of the HIV response in Zambia,” Chiteme added.

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