Story by Abigirl Tembo, Health Editor
More than 250 delegates from around the globe are from Tuesday expected to converge in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the launch of the Global Alliance to end AIDS in Children by 2030.
The two-day high-level meeting taking place from the 31st of January to the 1st of February at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre will be attended by ministers of health and organisations involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
People living with HIV and AIDS are also expected to attend the conference meant to step up the momentum to end AIDS in children by 2030.
Head of Chancery at the Zimbabwean Embassy in Tanzania, Dr Rangarirai Chikwizo stressed the importance of Zimbabwe’s participation at the global event.
“The importance of this meeting is that it complements national efforts being spearheaded by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to ensure that by 2030 we have zero cases of HIV in the country therefore as a mission, we are excited that Zimbabwe is part of the global agenda.
“The mission is ready to receive the Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr CDGN Chiwenga to the political launch of the Global Alliance to end AIDS in Children by 2030 that will be held on the 1st of February 2023 at the Julius Nyerere Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam. The mission is excited that Zimbabwe is part of the global cause to eradicate AIDS in children who are the future drivers of our economies,” he said.
During the launch, 12 partner countries will be invited to share their frameworks for action by identifying priority areas, roadblocks, solutions and resources available to transform the lives of thousands of children affected by HIV across the globe.
Vice President Chiwenga will take advantage of the conference to engage his counterpart, Dr Philip Mpango with Zimbabwe – Tanzania relations high on the agenda.
The two countries enjoy excellent relations founded on the fight for independence.
They are also collaborating in economic development and Tanzania presents huge potential for Zimbabwean investors in areas such as construction, horticulture, mining, dairy and education sectors.