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U.S government awards K 2.5 million to 13 community and faith based non governmental organisations in zambia

Written by on September 17, 2019

By Clinton Masumba in Kitwe

The U.S. government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program, has awarded over K 2.5 million to 13 community and faith-based non-governmental organizations representing eight provinces in Zambia.

PEPFAR Country Coordinator Bethany Baxter stated that the next year, PEPFAR small grant recipients will promote prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Ms Baxter has stated that the funding will also support the education of orphans and vulnerable children including teenage mothers, and use performing arts to educate adolescents about HIV testing and counselling services.

She has emphasised the critical role community and faith-based organizations play in Zambia’s goal of reaching HIV epidemic control by 2020.

Ms Baxter says the organisations need to continue offering creative solutions to bring necessary services to respective communities in areas of health.

PEPFAR Zambia Small Grants Program has been funding the work of local partners by providing one-time grants of up to K 250,000 to support community-led, sustainable programs in the field of HIV prevention, to help orphans and vulnerable children and their households, and to promote democracy and governance in the context of Zambia’s national HIV response.

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