NEW HIV Infections among females aged between 15 and 24 on the rise.
This is according to an article by Zambia Reports seen by Mwebantu
Speaking at a press briefing in Ndola on Wednesday, USAID Community Support and Fast Track Advisor Kenneth Mwansa has disclosed that there is a need to invest in accurate and helpful information on HIV and AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence for the young people in the country.
He said females between 15 and 24 years were four times more likely to get infected with the HIV virus compared to the men and other age groupings.
Mr. Mwansa said it was for that reason that USAID, in partnership with NAC and the Ministry of Health, had embarked on a training programme for the District AIDS Coordination Advisor (DACA).
Referring to the 2014 and 2016 Zambia Population Based HIV/AIDS Assessment (ZAMPHIA) report, he said the HIV and AIDS prevalence rate was 11.3 per cent for females aged 15 to 59.
Mr. Mwansa said despite the rate showing a decrease from the previous years, the prevalence rate at district level was still high.
And NAC Director of Programmes Fortune Chibamba said it was time to invest in skills of the DACA to transfer information to young people so that they could make good decisions.
Dr. Chibamba said when the training was complete, the DACA would be required to forge partnerships with traditional, political, religious and civic leaders from their districts who would help with the dissemination of information.
He said sexual reproductive health, HIV and AIDS as well as rights were interlinked as they affected the young and adolescents in the country who constituted the majority of the Zambian population.
At the same briefing, Ministry of Health National Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and AIDS (PMTCT) Coordinator Dr. Priscilla Mulenga said there was a need to take time and educate the younger generation on issues of HIV, sexual reproductive health and GBV.
Dr. Mulenga said everyone needed to get on board and enforce laws that would protect and guide the young on such matters.
(Source: Zambia Reports)
Zambia sees highest daily coronavirus cases since March
ZAMBIA reported 472 cases of the new coronavirus out of 1,851 tests done, Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya said, the largest one-day increase since March, bringing the country’s total to 4,328.
Additionally, Zambia has recorded three more death bringing the total to 139.
The Ministry of Health is concerned that people have stopped wearing masks and practicing social distance.
The Ministry of Health says they will enforce public gathering in the wake of the spike of Covid-19.
Covid-19 update in Zambia as of 20th July, 2020
Zambia’s Covid-19 cases now stand at 3,326 with 1,620 total recoveries. In the last 24hrs, Zambia carried out 959 tests out of which 178 new cases were recorded and 123 people have recovered and been discharged. This brings the total number of recoveries to 1,620.
Zambia recorded 8 deaths, bringing the total death tally to 128. Zambia has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases recently.
Stay safe, Mask up and avoid unnecessary movements.
UNZA takes lead in anti-COVID-19 drug development
THE University of Zambia (UNZA) has constituted a team of experts that include Medicinal Chemists, Drug Discovery Scientists, Virologists, Botanists, Pharmacologists and Pathologists to help in the discovery of home-grown low cost cures for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The consortium of experts will be exploring Zambian traditional medicines/plants and clinically-established drugs in the Zambian Formulary as potential treatments for COVID-19.
The team comprises Dr James Nyirenda (the lead investigator), Dr Peter Mubanga Cheuka, Dr Edgar Simulundu, Dr Angela Gono-Bwalya, Dr Takondwa Chidumayo, Dr Katendi Changula, Dr Caroline Chisenga, Dr Wezi Kachinda and Mr Kelly Chisanga.
The team’s core mandate is twofold; firstly, to discover and develop medicines that are readily available for the local population and secondly, to discover and develop local medicines optimized for effectiveness and safety on an African or local population.
Meanwhile, the consortium of experts has since received funding from the Ministry of Higher Education through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). The funding received will be used to kickstart the project.
And University of Zambia (UNZA) Acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Tamala Kambikambi has paid glowing tribute to the consortium of researchers championing the discovery and development of the anti-COVID 19 pandemic drug. Dr. Kambikambi says UNZA’s research undertaking will solve the problems exacerbated by the unavailability of medicines discovered and developed elsewhere on the African continent. She adds that Zambia has lagged behind in the area of drug discovery and development since independence hence the urgent need for UNZA to take a lead.
The Acting VC has also expressed gratitude to the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) through the Ministry of Higher Education for the funds received to kickstart the project.
This is according to a press statement issued by Dr. Brenda Bukowa, Acting Head- Communication and Marketing at the University of Zambia.