Charles Chanda, the leader of the United Prosperous And Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ), expressed solidarity with the global community on World AIDS Day 2023.
The theme for this year’s observance is “Let Communities Lead,” highlighting the vital role that local communities play in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS.
Acknowledging the profound impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, families, and communities, President Chanda emphasized the disease’s far-reaching consequences, extending beyond physical health to encompass deep emotional and psychological burdens.
The UPPZ leader expressed compassion and understanding for those living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Despite considerable strides in curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS, challenges persist, with stigma and discrimination posing significant obstacles to prevention efforts.
Charles Chanda called for collective action to address these issues, advocating for the replacement of stigma with support and fear with love and acceptance.
The UPPZ is committed to advocating for comprehensive and accessible healthcare services for all Zambians affected by HIV/AIDS. Universal access to testing, treatment, and prevention methods is deemed fundamental in the ongoing fight against the epidemic.
The party further urged the Zambian government and international partners to allocate sufficient resources to support community-led initiatives in HIV/AIDS prevention and care.
President Chanda highlighted that each statistic represents a human life affected by this disease, emphasizing the importance of acknowledging and honoring the stories of hope, resilience, and community support.
The UPPZ leader called on the public to use the hashtag #LeadWithLove on social media, encouraging a collective challenge to stigma, prioritizing education, and uniting in the commitment to support those affected by HIV/AIDS.
As World AIDS Day is commemorated globally, Charles Chanda and the UPPZ aim to inspire positive change and create a future free from the burden of HIV/AIDS.
The call to action is clear: by uniting in purpose and demonstrating love and compassion, communities can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by this global health challenge.