AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with other stakeholders, has embarked on a project to sensitise and test pupils for HIV in various secondary schools in Zambia.
Preventive programme coordinator, Ntula Simwinga, points out that his organisation is working in conjunction with the ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education and the ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health.
The organisation hosted the ‘Love Life? Ziba HIV’ Schools Health festival on 2 June 2013 where more than 500 pupils and teachers tested for HIV.
To read the article titled, “NGO to sensitise, test pupils for HIV,” click here.Source:All Africa
Zambia’s Mufulira District AIDS Task force (DATF) and the Network of Zambian People Living With HIV (NZP+) have expressed worry at the mushrooming of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have invaded Mufulira, making it difficult to monitor HIV activities in the district.
DATF treasurer, Boniface Njovu and NZP+ Copperbelt coordinator, Harry Lombe, say that there are, "So many NGOs dealing in HIV issues but have not registered with the task force and are making it difficult for authorities to monitor HIV and AIDS related activities."
Njovu, states that DATF is supposed to be coordinating all HIV activities in collaboration with several other players, adding that, "But unfortunately, most organisations do not want to accept that there should be coordination.”
To read the article titled, “Bogus NGOs frustrate HIV/AIDS fight,” click here.Source:All Africa
Zambian Catholic priest-cum-politician, Frank Bwalya, has publicly supported gay marriages and says he would not arrest those practising homosexuality if he was elected president.
Bwalya, who addressed journalists in Johannesburg at the invitation of Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), says he will respect homosexuals, claiming this is in line with the Catholic Church which prescribed respect for every individual.
He said if he gets elected to lead Zambia elected president in 2016, he will not arrest homosexuals but respect them if I was given an opportunity to run the country," he said.
To read the article titled, “Frank Bwalya backs gays,” click here.Source:All Africa
Amnesty International has urged the Zambian authorities must immediately release two young men who have been denied bail after being arrested on charges of having sex ‘against the order of nature’.
The organisation states that one of the men's neighbours reported them to the police, resulting in the arrest - their second for alleged same-sex sexual conduct, considered a crime under Zambia's penal code.
Its Zambian researcher, Simeon Mawanza, explains that laws criminalising homosexuality and gender identity criminalise the legitimate exercise of these human rights, which are protected in treaties ratified by Zambia, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
To read the article titled, “Zambia urged to release two men charged with same-sex sexual conduct,” click here.Source:All Africa
Zambian police have arrested a gay couple after the family of one of the men reported the relationship to authorities, who made the first arrest of its kind under tough anti-gay laws.
Central province police chief, Standwell Lungu, "The two have been charged with the offence of sodomy or having sex against the order of nature contrary to the laws of Zambia."
Last month, another rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was arrested for appearing on live television calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in this deeply conservative southern African state.
To read the article titled, “Zambia arrests gay couple,” click here.Source:News24
The Zambia AIDS Research Foundation, in conjunction with Treatment Advocacy Literacy Campaign (TALC), is hosting an HIV/AIDS conference on 17 May 2013 in Lusaka, Zambia.
According to the organisers, the conference will focus on topics such as diet/nutrition for people living with HIV (PLWHA), foods to avoid and food myths, and scientific reasons for male circumcision.
To read the article titled, “Zambia to host 1-day world class conference on HIV/AIDS,” click here.Source:All Africa
Prominent Zambian gay rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, pleaded not guilty to charges of promoting homosexuality, after appearing live on television to argue for his cause.
Kasonkomona responded by saying that, “I deny the charge, your honour,” in his first court appearance since being detained on charges of soliciting for an ‘immoral purpose’.
The 38-year-old activist was arrested in the capital on 7 April 2013, minutes after he appeared on a live TV show where he openly advocated for gay rights.
To read the article titled, “Gay Zambian activist pleads not guilty,” click here.Source:Independent Online
Zambian police have arrested a gay rights activist minutes after he appeared on a live television show to press for same sex marriages.
According to the Zambian police, Paul Kasonkomona was picked up on the night of 7 April 2013 as he stepped out of MUVI TV studios, where he openly advocated for gay rights.
Kasonkomona was charged with ‘inciting the public to take part in indecent activities’, according to police chief, Solomon Jere.
To read the article titled, “Zambia arrests gay rights activist,” click here.Source:Independent Online
Peace Corps volunteers, working closely with Zambian software developers, have developed a mobile application that will translate English words and phrases into any of seven languages spoken in Zambia.
The Peace Corps say ‘Bantu Babel’, which is intended to help Peace Corps volunteers, international aid workers and host-country nationals communicate more effectively, is now available for Android-compatible devices in the Google Play store.
It says the application can be used as a training tool for government and aid workers or as a supplement to formal language training, runs offline, eliminating the need for an Internet connection.
To read the article titled, “Peace Corps volunteers create mobile language App,” click here.Source:All Africa
AIDS Strategy, Advocacy and Policy (ASAP), a NGO, says African countries' reliance on international donors to fight diseases is making funding countries' struggles to deliver required resources on the continent difficult.
ASAP executive director, Robin Gorna, says the Global Fund had counterpart financing requirement for recipient countries to place a lot of local financial resources in the fight against TB, Malaria and HIV and AIDS.
Gorna, argues that what concerns and saddens him is the level of dependence that many African states have on the international community, adding that despite the moral obligation of the donor community to support them, they are not meeting the needs of their own citizens by using their own resources in the health sector.
To read the article titled, “Africa's overdependence on health aid irks NGO,” click here.Source:The Post Online