Handover Ceremony of the VCT-Center for the Chipapa HIV/AIDS Project by the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)
The handover ceremony of the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) Center for the Chipapa HIV/AIDS Project took place at the Chipapa Clinic in Kafue District on 3 October 2012. The Government of Japan provided 1,101,367 USD (approximately 5.5 billion ZMK) for the Chipapa HIV/AIDS Project implemented by the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)
Dignitaries present at the event included His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Patrick Phiri, Chilanga District Commissioner, Mr. Jairo Shimukoko, Kafue District Administrative Officer, and Ms. Hiromi Kawano, Country Director of the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan).
The VCT-Center located in the Chipapa Clinic will provide the local community with medical check-ups and counselling with due respect for visitors’ privacy. In addition, the Center is expected to attract more people in the community who would receive VCT and obtain proper knowledge of HIV/AIDS in order to take steps towards eradicating discrimination and stigma in the combat against HIV/AIDS.
Through the scheme “Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects,” the Government of Japan provides grant assistance to Japanese NGOs which implement economic and social development projects in developing countries.
To read the speech by Ambassador Egawa at this ceremony, please click here