SADC Governments must lead in Mobilization of domestic funding for HIV/AIDS - Speaker

Speaker of the National Assembly, the Rt. Hon. Justice Dr Patrick Matibini, SC, MP has said there is urgent need for SADC Governments to lead in the mobilization of domestic funding for HIV and AIDS and strengthening health care systems to roll out HIV prevention, treatment, care and support strategies.

Dr Matibini said this during an orientation workshop for Members of Parliament on the Implementation of Regional, Continental and International Commitments on HIV/AIDS Financing Projectswhich was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka on 22ndJuly, 2015.

He said the Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) also recognized the fact that parliamentarians were required to remind Government of its commitment to the funding of the health sector and HIV/AIDS programmes in the country.

“It is my hope that during this interaction and further capacity building training workshops that Members of Parliament will take centre stage and will make the proposed strategies from the deliberation more relevant to the Zambian situation”.


Speaking at the same occasion, United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Country-Director, Dr MedhinTsehaiu said that Zambia had been chosen among 13 countries worldwide to fast track the HIV/AIDS response through the 90 90 90 approach which stipulates that by the year 2020, 90% of all people should know their HIV status and that 90% of all HIV positive people should be able to access anti-retroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy should have viral suppression.

And Dr Jabbin Mulwanda, Director-General of the National AIDS Council said the objectives of the workshop were to sensitize Zambian parliamentarians on the African State Parties’ commitment to the health sector funding through local budget allocations, and to stimulate parliamentarians so that they could develop strategies to raise funding for HIV sustainable financing in Zambia.