BY VARAIDZO MUDEWAIRI
The National AIDS Council (Nac) has pledged to devote more resources to the fight against HIV and AIDS in prisons as part of efforts to eradicate the virus in the country by 2030.
Addressing a stakeholder meeting in Victoria Falls last week, Nac Chief Executive Bernard Madzima said: AIDS is a threat to the efficient and effective delivery of our services. It also undermines the ability of our institutions to achieve national development goals.
He said prisoners could not be left behind in HIV and AIDS programmes.
“As Nac, we know that the country’s vision of ending AIDS by 2030 will only be achieved if all parties contribute to the same goal. ZPCS caters for one of the key populations who have been left behind for several years of the national HIV response, therefore, Nac is obligated to facilitate the services provided by ZPCS to ensure the country achieves the goal world,” Madzima said.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on Nac’s HIV and AIDS programming.
Zimbabwe’s prison population currently stands at 22,000 against a holding capacity of 16,000.
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