July #49 : The Power of One: Zambia - by David Chipanta

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The Power of One

The Power of One: Senegal

The Power of One: Uganda

The Power of One: Zimbabwe

The Power of One: Zambia

World Weary

South Africa's Moment of Truth

Back to the Roots

Chain Reactions: Medicine Woman

Chain Reactions: Poetic Justice

Chain Reactions: Ray of Hope

Chain Reactions: Reluctant Witness

Guest Editor's Letter

To the Editor

Bath Sides Now

Walk the Talk

Rubber Suit

Memo Demo

Dread Locked

PWAs vs. Y2K

Jail Break

Say What

Gender Agenda

Simon Nkoli


POZarazzi: Spring Sprung

License to Kill

Keep HOPE Alive

POZ Picks

Show & Tell

The Holistic Truth

Get Over It

Sugar on Top

Cheer to Adhere

Gene Pool

Cream Puff

The Protease Prison

Out in Africa

Where to Find It

Grandma’s Recipe

Grace Under Pressure

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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July 1999

The Power of One: Zambia

by David Chipanta

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An estimated 28 percent of adults in urban areas of Zambia and 15 percent in rural areas are infected with HIV. But unlike some of its equally burdened neighbors, the Zambian government has mounted a strong response. In 1986, Kenneth Kaunda, then Zambia's president, publicly acknowledged that one of his sons had died of AIDS; that year, the health ministry secured the safety of the blood supply and began spreading information about STDs, condoms and health care.

A second initiative, introduced in 1994, was designed to encompass both the public and private sectors, including input from people with HIV. As a result, a variety of nonprofit organizations have been formed -- with both domestic and foreign-aid funds -- to help implement the government's prevention and health care efforts. Groups such as Kara Counseling, the Positive and Living Squad and the Copperbelt Health Project target specific groups, educating commercial sex workers and truck drivers -- ground zero of the infection -- as well as youth and providing care to PWAs, which rarely includes antiretroviral therapy.

This integrated approach has paid off, according to Moses Sichone, MD, manager of the National AIDS Program. While the percentage of adults with HIV remains high, it has recently stabilized.

Zambia will have the opportunity to showcase its achievements at the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa this September in Lusaka, the Zambian capital.

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