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Government hails AAH Zambia HIV/AIDS interventions


A Zambia minister has welcomed initiatives undertaken by AAH Zambia that has touched the lives of host communities and refugees.


“Thank you for your good work. It is interesting to learn what you are doing. You also strive to supplement Government’s efforts,” said the Youth and Sports minister Vincent Mwale, after visiting AAH Zambia’s information desk during this year’s World AIDS Day celebrations in Lusaka.



Mr Mwale took time to listen to AAH Zambia’s interventions in Lusaka and Kawambwa, where HIV/AIDS initiatives are being implemented. He interacted with some of the refugees that took part in the celebrations.


In an address to hundreds of Lusaka residents, the minister called on Zambian youth to be in the forefront in efforts aimed at prevention of HIV and AIDS. He said the youth were future leaders and their role in the fight against HIV and AIDS was crucial.


The minister said the Government is committed in ensuring that the country had zero new infections through universal access to prevention, treatment and support services.


Forty refugees participated at this year’s celebrations, under the local theme ‘Zambia’s Future: Getting zero HIV infections’.


AAH Zambia under the Urban Refugee Project is implementing an HIV/AIDS programme, aimed at sensitising refugees and the host community on the disease. The programme is being implemented with financial support from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in partnership with UNHCR.

New road to create access for communities in South Sudan

The communities in Lasu Payam in Yei River County of Central Equatoria State are set to benefit from a road construction that AAH Sudan is undertaking.


The 6.3 km road is set to create accessibility to farmlands and markets, for both refugees and host community. The road is being funded by American and Japanese Governments, through UNHCR at a cost of $ 390 467.


The road is about 6.3 km off Yei – Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) road, about two kilometers away from Lasu Payam headquarters to Kukuyi. It is aimed at creating access to farmland. These are section allocated for the refugees by the host community.  The road will also create access to markets for farm produce.


During the official opening of the roadwork, the head chief of the area Sokiri Sube Sokiri thanked the different partners for the initiative, adding that poor road network was a big challenge to the community.


The road construction project started in early November 2015, and is expected to be completed in three months.


AAH-I South Sudan acting Country Director John Nyirenda thanked the county and the Payam authority, landlords and the host community for offering their land for the construction of the road. He said AAH Sudan would maintain high stands in the gravel (murram) road construction.


The board chairman for AAH South Sudan Hon Khemis Benz urged the community members to continue working with the government and partners in development projects.


“I appeal to the community members to make good use of the road, once it is completed and maintain it to enable easy marketing their produce,” said Hon Benz.


The Commissioner of Yei River County Samuel Henry pledged for the continuous support to organisations and partners, working in the area.


The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by a section of Members of Parliament from central Equatorial state, UNHCR representatives, AAH South Sudan team, ACROSS team, Yei River County authority, Lasu Payam administration, Refugee representatives, contractors, land lords and community members. 

I can smile again thanks to AAH South Sudan staff 

For 11-year old Emmanuel Nyoma, the future looked bleak mid this year. An unexplained growth in one of his nostrils was giving him sleepless nights. An orphan from Kuda Payam in Central Equatoria State, South Sudan, Emmanuel was first taken to Kuda Dispensary but the illness proved a challenge at the facility and he had to be referred to Juba National Teaching and Referral Hospital (JNTRH) for further treatment.


Zambia hosts a media breakfast

AAH Zambia held a successful media breakfast in Lusaka that was attended by 11 journalists from local media houses from both broadcast and print media. Dr Clara Mbwili, AAH Zambia board member also attended the two-hour event.


Uganda senior staff undergo Gender training

Several key staff underwent a two-day training on Gender held at the AAH Uganda country office in Kampala. Linda mbevi, a trainer and advisor with the USAID AIM/ASSIST programme conducted the training on October 6-8. The training was well received with majority of the participants saying they had now a better understanding of gender issues and how to apply the concepts in programming. They were all very eager to share what they acquired with their staff once they got back into the field.

The USAID AIM/ASSIST programme is to assist AAH-I become a USAID direct grant recipient and other areas under this support include governance and financial management.

Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.