WITH 63,600 people living with HIV but not on treatment in Western Province, key activities and strategies need to be prioritized to ensure that people who are currently HIV positive, but not on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) are identified and linked to care.
With support from the United States President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), the Western Province Surge Campaign will target 10 districts with the highest number of people living with HIV but not on treatment namely: Kaoma, Lukulu, Senanga, Sioma, Limulunga, Sikongo, Nalolo, Lwampa, Kalabo and Mongu.
Speaking during the Western Province Surge Technical meeting held in Mongu, Dr. Nzali Kancheya from CDC, said “this is a large number and out of all the provinces, we have not had 10 districts in a surge. But when we looked at the data and the absolute numbers of people we have to find and link to care in Western province, it made it difficult to remove districts. However, we really have to look at how we prioritise in terms of sites, and have partners working closely with the Provincial Health Office to ensure that we manage these 10 districts”.
The Centre for Infectious Disease Research In Zambia (CIDRZ) is among partners working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health with PEPFAR/CDC support to provide treatment, care and support in the province.