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CIDRZ hosts first Lusaka ART Saturation Planning meeting with over 90 participants

Dr Mary Boyd, U.S. CDC Zambia Associate Deputy Director Programmes addressing the meeting

CIDRZ today hosted the planning meeting for the Lusaka Art Saturation Surge Campaign – dubbed Tiyende Pamodzi. The meeting has seen the participation of about 40 health facilities and hospitals, and more than 90 people.

This was made possible with support from With support from the US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.

The planning meeting is meant to operationalize the Lusaka Surge Strategy which the Republican President, Edgar Lungu, launched on 11 December 2017, during the World AIDS Day Commemoration.

The meeting drew participants from other United States government supported implementing partners that include: University of Maryland, FHI, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project Z-CHPP, and Expanded Church Response (ECR).

Addressing the participants, the United States Centers for disease Control and Prevention, Zambia Associate Deputy Director of Programmes, Dr. Mary Boyd emphasized the need for partners to be committed to the objectives of the Lusaka ART Saturation Surge Campaign.

Part of the participants drawn from all the healthy facilities in Lusaka

Tiyende Pamodzi campaign is a strategy by the Ministry of Health and PEPFAR in Zambia to achieve HIV epidemic control in Lusaka Province over 12 months, whereby 90% of People Living with HIV are identified, 90% of identified PLHIV are placed on ART, 90% of PLHIV on ART become virally suppressed and use the information learned from achieving epidemic control in Lusaka Province to assure achieving 90-90-90 efficiently in Zambia by or before December 2020.

Currently, Lusaka province statistics indicate that out of an estimated population of 326,535 people living with HIV, only 71% of people are aware of their HIV status, while 88% are on treatment and 89% are virally suppressed.

The meeting sought to assess the readiness and current status of the health facilities in terms of responding to the needs of the Lusaka Surge campaign. The goals assessed included: 1) Case finding 2) Linkages to care and treatment 3) Retention to care 4) Viral Load testing and 5) Systems issues