World TB Day 2016

On March 24, 2016, Zambart joined the rest of the country in commemorating World TB Day. Across different study sites in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Southern provinces, Zambart staff under the on-going HPTN 071 (PopART) study engaged in different awareness – raising activities in the local communities.

PopART-ART-Interevntion-ManagerPopART study Community HIV Care Providers (CHiPs) distributed condoms, conducted TB screening and sputum collection, community HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) mostly targeted at adolescents and men.  They also sensitised the communities on TB stigma, TB management, infection control and prevention.

Tents were mounted in select areas where CHiPs were positioned to specifically target the youth and adolescents.

TB Corner staff and Community Advisory Board Members (CAB), PopART study implementing partners and district health staff in some study sties, joined the CHiPs in the community awareness-rising campaigns.

Zambart staff took the lead and screened for TB first as well breaking down barriers by submitting sputum for examination.

Communities in all the PopART study intervention sites were involved in the World TB day commemorative activities. These include: Chimwemwe and Ndeke in Kitwe; Chifubu in Ndola; Makululu in Kabwe, Kanyama and Chipata in Lusaka, and Maramba and Dambwa in Livingstone.

Zambart donates to community HIV project to mark International Women’s Day 2016

Zambart management and staff visited the HEAL (HIV Empowered And Living) Project in Lusaka’s Ngombe compound, to commemorate World Women’s Day 2016 which fell on Tuesday, March 8.

Supporting Zambart management’s Community Social Responsibility effort, members of staff donated assorted items of clothing, bedding, school supplies and food-stuff to the HEAL Project community school.

In February 2016, Zambart also donated computers to the community school aimed at supporting computer based learning at the school.

“Zambart has identified your community school and would like to make a small donation of 8 used computers towards your commendable initiative aimed at providing and improving education for the underprivileged in your community,” Zambart CEO Dr Alwyn Mwinga, said in her message to HEAL project director Jeannie Mulenga.

The HEAL Project is a community-based project supporting and educating vulnerable children—mostly orphans, and people living with HIV. The school has about 300 students attending pre-school through grade 7. The community school also offers craft, gardening, and doubles as HIV counselling testing and counselling centre to the community members.