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LCC Commemorates World AIDS Day with Candle Lighting Ceremony

Representatives from the Lusaka City Council (LCC) took part in a Candle Light Interfaith Memorial Service at the National BAHÁ’Í Centre in Lusaka, marking a poignant ceremony in observance of World AIDS Day.

The event, held under the theme “Let Communities Lead,” was aimed at honoring those affected by HIV/AIDS and fostering community-driven initiatives in the fight against the disease.

The Minister of Health, Hon. Sylvia Masebo, represented by Dr. George Sinyangwe, officiated the official Candle Lighting ceremony. 

Dr. Sinyangwe emphasized the importance of communities harnessing the financial resources available through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). 

He urged communities to advocate against stigma, discrimination, and violence targeting individuals living with HIV/AIDS or other marginalized groups.

Acting Director-General of the National AIDS Council (NAC), Dr. Mulenga, underscored the significance of Candle Lighting as a symbolic act of honoring and remembering those who have succumbed to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. 

Dr. Mulenga revealed the staggering statistic that over 39 million people worldwide have lost their lives due to the disease.

Expressing gratitude to the Area Councillor of Kalingalinga ward 36, Mukubesa Nyoni, for attending the candle lighting event, Dr. Mulenga emphasized the theme’s strong focus on community involvement.

The ceremony included prayers for communities to take a leading role in the fight against HIV/AIDS, support for orphans and vulnerable children, and solidarity among individuals affected by the disease. 

The event served as a call to action to spread love and unity, encouraging collective efforts to combat HIV/AIDS through education and knowledge dissemination.

Dorothy Phiri, the Public Relations Officer for the Lusaka City Council, issued a statement reaffirming the commitment to the fight against the pandemic. 

Ms. Phiri highlighted the ongoing task to end stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.

As the Candle Lighting event concluded, it symbolized not just a remembrance of the lives lost but also a collective commitment to battling HIV/AIDS and fostering a supportive and informed community.

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