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Transport boost for paediatric Aids campaign

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A non-governmental organisation yesterday handed over 10 vehicles to the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare to support the elimination of paediatric Aids in Zimbabwe.

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) yesterday presented the vehicles to ease transport problems the ministry was facing in reaching out to the victims.

Principal director for preventive services in the ministry, Gibson Mhlanga, said the donation came at a time when immobility was crippling their operations.

“We are quite happy with this donation because the ministry was facing transport challenges. This handover has come at a time it is needed the most,” he said.

Mhlanga said EGPAF is aiming at ensuring the Prevention of-Mother-To-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programme seeking to eliminate pediatric HIV, succeeded.

He added: “We have officers that they have engaged in different districts to assist our staff in the district hospitals. Thirty vehicles will be sent to the districts to enable the focal persons to carry out the projects, so today we have received 10 and the next batch will come.”

EGPAF expressed optimism the donation would go a long way in addressing the transport shortage in the ministry.

“The vehicles are an essential element in the elimination campaign to ensure that the ministry’s district health workers are equipped to travel throughout the districts to provide necessary programme implementation, support supervision, and peer mentoring to the health care providers on the ground.

Significant strides have continued to be made since the official launch in January 2011 of the national agenda to eliminate pediatric Aids in Zimbabwe,” the organisation said.

The organisation has reached more than 12,2 million women worldwide in its quest to prevent the transmission of HIV to their babies.

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