Kalulushi, July 12, 2019, ZANIS  -----  Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (ZCHPP) has created special escorted referral centres to curb Stigma against people living with HIV in Kalulushi District on the Copperbelt province.

ZCHPP Coordinator Bernard Kawimbe says the escorted referral programme is a measure the organization is using to fight high stigma.

“The escorted referral strategy has been found to be effective because clients are escorted to the facilities and ensure they start treatment, “Mr Kawimbe said.

He was speaking during a presentation to discuss the performance of the project for stakeholders held at Affs Guest house in Kalulushi.

He added that there is need for effective counselling for reduction of stigma in the communities.

The coordinator also disclosed that the organization is focusing on adolescent girls and their sexual partners including the mobile population.

He said other target groups are the seasonal workers, discordant couples, people living with HIV and the non-infecting drug users.

And in a vote of thanks, Copperbelt Health Education Project (CHEP) Manager Kennedy Mweene said as stakeholders they will need to continue scoring high in the areas that the district has performed well.

He called on stakeholders to change the concept of planning if they are to work well in the district.

The main objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of the number of new HIV AIDS infections, which are mostly community based.

This is in line with government’s new approach of reducing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the area and the country as a whole, under the mandatory test and treat policy.

It is under the, Universal Routine HIV Testing that gives an opportunity to provide immediate treatment and care for all HIV infected individuals without using CD4 as eligibility criteria for HIV treatment.