LUSAKA — Today, the U.S. government, through its President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community-Led Program, awarded over $1.25 million to 10 civil society organizations representing the ten provinces of Zambia. Martin Dale, Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy, and Dapyhne Williams, PEPFAR Country Coordinator, announced the grants during a virtual awards ceremony.
Mr. Dale congratulated the representatives from the selected organizations and spoke to the essential role the awardee organizations play in Zambia’s goal of reaching HIV epidemic. He stated, “The U.S. government takes pride in its support of civil society organizations such as yours. Community and civil society are key to the U.S. and Zambian governments’ strategy to reach and maintain HIV epidemic control.”
The PEPFAR community-led monitoring is a new initiative that seeks to improve the quality of HIV care in Zambia through client feedback collected by trained community members.
Also, the program is one of the many ways the U.S. government continues to support the Zambian health response, including supporting over 1.1 million Zambians living with HIV through the generosity of the American people.
The next open call for applications for the PEPFAR Small Grants program will occur in January 2022. Please visit the U.S. Embassy Lusaka’s website for more information on PEPFAR and other U.S. government supported programs in Zambia: https://zm.usembassy.gov.