Handover Ceremony of New Community Clinic to Zambian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust
On 22nd September 2016, H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, handed over New Community Clinic to Zambian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust (ZATULET). This project was implemented through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project with the grant amounting to 103,008 US Dollars. Dignitaries present at this event included H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Dr. Lumbwe Chiwele, Chairman - Board of Director, Zambian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust, Mrs. Charity Habeenzu, CEO - Zambian Tuberculosis and Leprosy Trust, Ms. Grace Hameja, Principal TB Officer, Community Focal Point Person - Ministry of Health.
ZATULET has worked for case-findings, diagnosis, treatment, prevention of TB and HIV/AIDS across Zambia since 1998. In 2005, ZATULET opened a clinic in Mass-media area, Lusaka, in order to tackle serious HIV/AIDS infections in the urban area. However, the capacity of the small clinic was limited to accommodate all of the patients who were suffering from TB and HIV/AIDS in this area.
Therefore, the Government of Japan has funded the project to construct a new community clinic and furnish it with medical equipment. It allows the clinic to accommodate more than twice the number of patients it was able to accommodate and to enhance the quality of medical services. It is expected that the project will lead to activating care and prevention of HIV/AIDS for African countries.
To read the speech made by H.E. Mr. Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to Zambia at this ceremony, please click here.