“Kapata Clinic is a testament to the importance of ensuring that each HIV infected patient lives with dignity, and also further evidence of our shared U.S. commitment with the Zambian Ministry of Health to provide services and support to vulnerable Zambians,” said U.S. Amb. Daniel Foote during the hand over of the ART Prefabricated building at Kapata Clinic in Chipata, Eastern province.
Amb. Foote reiterated U.S. government’s commitment to eliminating HIV, in partnership with the Zambian government, by providing care and treatment to those already infected.
“The clinic provides comprehensive health care for HIV patients and gives hope to families for longevity of life,” he added.
Kapata Clinic is supported by the U.S. government through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is the official implementing partner coordinating activities at the healthy facility.
Amb. Foote said the U.S. government has provided financial support in the amount of US $22m (ZMK223m) to the Eastern Provincial Health Office, since CDC started working with the province 14 years ago.
During the handover ceremony, Amb. Foote took time to award 10 outstanding staff from Kapata Clinic and the Provincial Health Office for their dedication to fighting HIV and ensuring people are retained on ART.
“I would like to congratulate the staff of Kapata Clinic, Provincial Health structures, CDC and PEPFAR on their central role in alleviating challenges of people living with HIV,” he said.
And speaking during the same event, Eastern Province Health Director, Dr Kennedy Kabuswe thanked the U.S. Government for its continued commitment and support to ensuring that HIV is eliminated in the province.
“The handover of the prefab is clear demonstration of this commitment. We have created more space to attend to our ART clients better than we used to,” Dr Kabuswe said.