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From VCT and HTCT

The Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya found time to pay a courtesy call and used the opportunity to clarify on the hot issue of universal HIV testing, counseling and treatment.

Below is the statement we issued;

No U-turn on HIV Policy- Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya

Pretoria- Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Zambia has not u-turned on the recently cabinet-approved HIV universal routine, testing, counseling and treatment policy(HTCT).

Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has said that government has implemented a major shift from the earlier passive policy of Voluntary Counselling and Testing(VCT).

Speaking in Pretoria when he paid a courtesy call on Zambia's High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr. Chilufya said it was misleading for the media to report that the newly approved policy was amended or abandoned.

He said the new policy was within the approved World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations on HIV/AIDS(UNAIDS) treatment guidelines.

He urged Zambians to support the political will demonstrated from the highest level of government which has provided an opportunity for the country to reduce new HIV infections.

He said the universal routine testing,counseling, and treatment (HTCT), will help drive down new infection and improve the health and life of those living with HIV/AIDS.

He also announced that government would provide self testing kits to schools, colleges, work places and other public places to encourage people to know their status.

He said that the health provider-initiated testing, counseling and treatment (PITT) and diagnostic counseling testing provided the basis for the new policy and were approved by WHO and international guidelines.

He said for those persons who will self-test, health facilities will be on hand to offer counselling, confirmatory testing and treatment after persons have found out their HIV status.

He also dispelled allegations that the new policy infringed on human rights insisting that the right to life was fundamental and the universal routine testing,counselling and treatment (HTCT) complied with new approaches and new international treatment guidelines approved WHO and UNAIDS.

He said that it was imperative that Zambia continued to fight the HIV/AIDS endemic as the country had lost to the disease, one million people since 1984.

He said the prevalence rate was 11.6% with 1.2million people living with HIV.

He said government was extremely concerned at the rate of new infection that's stood at 46,000 per year.

He said although this was a reduction from the 71,000 new infection from a few year ago, there was an urgent call to action as the highest number of people being infected were ranging from the age 15-24yrs, as revealed by a survey of the Zambia Population-base HIV/AIDS Impact Assessment (ZAMPHIA).

He also disclosed that upto 81% of deaths at the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) were HIV/AIDS related.

The new guidelines will avert and protect from progressing from HIV to AIDS thereby reducing hospital admission, mortality and reduce the burden and costs on the health system.

He said that government was concerned that such a critical and active component of the population, remained vulnerable and posed a risk to escalating new infections.

He said universal routine testing counseling and treatment has worked well in pregnant mothers were the uptake was 100% and the infection rate to newly born babies had dropped from over 10% to less than 3% almost eliminating the mother -to-child transmissions.

He says this similar policy had worked well in Tuberclosis treatment regime and children's hospital.

Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary for Press
Zambian High Commission
Pretoria
South Africa
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We are hosting Hon. Felix Mutati, ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda and a team.

General Zambia's economic environment remains vibrant

Pretoria – Monday 21st August , 2017

Finance Minister Felix Mutati has assured the investor community in South Africa that Zambia’s Economic Environment has stabilised following the consistent economic policies.

Mr. Mutati says the economic trajectory for Zambia was positive and growing stronger as the country was enjoying entrenched democracy and political stability.

He was speaking at the infrastructure Africa Business Forum held at the Convention Centre in Sandton South Africa attended by that country's Commerce Minister Rob Davies and several investors from both within and outside South Africa.

Mr. Mutati said Zambia's micro economic fundamentals were going in the right direction as inflation was low and exchange rate stable.

He observed that good governance and policy consistent has been the hall mark of Zambia’s economic gains so far.

Mr. Mutati expressed gratitude to the South African investors for investing over one billion dollars in various sectors of Zambian economy so far this year, adding that Zambia was now a preferred investment destination in Africa.

And Mr. Mutati has urged on African governments to prioritise infrastructure development to enable Africa compete effectively at the international level.

He observed that Africa's competitiveness was being eroded as freight costs were as high as 200 per cent in most countries.

Mr. Mutati said there was need for innovative financing and better use of the existing infrastructure as key to handling infrastructure deficit that Africa was grappling with.

He appealed to the private sector to partner with governments to introduce new technologies that would help in bridging the infrastructure gap.

MUTATI IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND FINANCING SUMMIT

MINISTER of Finance Felix Mutati is in South Africa for various official engagements

Mr. Mutati is addressing Africa' s largest infrastructure Summit which was opened by President Jacob Zuma.

He is also meeting South Africa's Minister of Finance and Treasury, Mr. Malusi Gigaba and members of his treasury unit.

Further the delegation is expected to begin financiers and funders such the Development Bank of South Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and others.

Mrs. Naomi Nyawali
First Secretary Press and Public Relations.
Zambia's High Commission to South Africa.

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