Zam­bia praised for par­tic­i­pat­ing in HIV re­search

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

WE are de­lighted that Zam­bia is tak­ing part in is­sues of global HIV re­search in fight­ing the dis­ease on the African con­ti­nent, says Treat­ment, Ad­vo­cacy and Lit­er­acy Cam­paign, (TALC) ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Felix Mwanza. Mr Mwanza said all HIV and AIDS in­ter­ven­tions should be backed by sci­en­tific re­search and it was de­light­ful that Africa had joined in find­ing solutions for global health prob­lems. He said it was not only Western coun­tries that should be in­volved in HIV/AIDS sci­en­tific re­search but that all na­tions in­clud­ing African coun­tries must par­tic­i­pate. “We welcome this ges­ture and would also like to con­grat­u­late Zam­bia Emory HIV Re­search Project (ZEHRP) and the Cen­tre for In­fec­tious Dis­ease Re­search in Zam­bia (CIDRZ) for grant­ing this mission to un­der­take this trial,” he said. Ear­lier in the week, Na­tional Biosafety Au­thor­ity (NBA) an­nounced that Zam­bia had ap­proved clin­i­cal tri­als for an­other HIV-vac­cine to pre­vent in­fec­tion in women. NBA chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lack­son Tonga dis­closed that about 500 par­tic­i­pants aged be­tween 18-35 years had been iden­ti­fied across places in Zam­bia, South Africa, Mozam­bique, Zim­babwe and Malawi through ZEHRP and CIDRZ as sub­jects for the trial.

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