Teachers in Zambia hardest hit by HIV/AIDS

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Secondary School Teachers Union of Zambia (Sestuz) h as said about 600 teachers die annually from HIV/AIDS-related illness.
Sestuz general secretary Evan Machayi said the number was so alarming that his u nion would strengthen its HIV/AIDS programmes to reverse the trend.
"The number is alarming.
The disease is cross cutting but as a union we will not just sit idle," Machayi was quoted saying by the state-run Times of Zambia Wednesday.
He explained that the union, in its quest to address the issue, had introduced f ocal persons at places of work to coordinate programmes.
Sestuz deputy general secretary, Emmanuel Zulu, who also described the high numb er of deaths as alarming, said the union was focusing on making sure that the members knew their status.
Zulu, who is the national focal point person of the HIV/AIDS workplace programme , said the union had partnered with the New Start Centre in mobilisation and sensitisation programmes aimed at educating members on the need to go for voluntary counselling and testing.

02 july 2008 10:08:00

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