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The Community of Sant'Egidio Donates to Balaka DHO

The community has donated to various facilities The community has donated to various facilities - pic by Chrispine Msiska

The community of Sant'Egidio - DREAM program through its Bridge the Gap HIV/AIDS  and TB project which receives funds support from Italian Cooperation Agency ( AICS ) has expressed satisfaction on how the fight against diseases like HIV/AIDS and TB are being implemented in Balaka, Machinga and Mangochi districts.

Speaking with Zodiak Online Bruce Tambwali who is DREAM project manager says so far the transmission rate of these diseases is low comparing with years back.

"We can say that in 2010 we had high number of people contracting these diseases in our database and at national level, but as of now after the efforts between different organisations as well as government intervention in fighting the pandemic, we have seen that there is great improvement as evidenced by current low transmission rate of HIV and TB amongst the people," he said.

According to Tambwali, the transmission rate as of now is below 10 percent a thing he substantiates to tremendous change in the fight against the disease.

The remarks were made during the ceremony when DREAM organization donated personal protective equipment worth 4 million kwacha to Balaka District Health Office.

Tambwali said the materials, will be distributed to different facilities in the district aiming at meeting the organization commitment to help in fighting HIV/AIDS and TB.

Balaka district hospital medical officer Dr Aisha Katita has welcomed the donation saying PPEs will help facilities to address many challenges as many of them do emerge due to inadequate PPEs.

Katita added that the support is timely as these donated items will also help working towards the 95-95-95 protocol for gender mainstreaming services.

Among the items include, N95 face masks, Latex examination gloves, hand washing liquid soap, heavy duty gloves and 20 litres water bucket's.

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