THE United States (U.S.) government, through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Small Grants Program, has awarded over K2.6 million to 17 local grassroot organizations to implement sustainable projects that mitigate the effects of HIV and AIDS.
During the virtual award ceremony in Lusaka U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires David Young said, “The U.S. government takes pride in its support of grassroots, community-based organizations and civil society are key to the U.S. and Zambian governments’ strategy to reach and maintain HIV epidemic control”.
The PEPFAR Small Grants program focuses on three specific areas of providing opportunities for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to grow and be able to make positive contributions to Zambia’s future and HIV prevention and democracy and governance related to the national HIV response.
The PEPFAR small grants program one of the many ways the U.S. government supports the Zambian health response, including supporting over 1.1 million Zambians living with HIV, with lifesaving anti-retroviral therapy, through the generosity of the American people.
The U.S. Embassy has also indicated that the next open call for applications for the PEPFAR Small Grants program will occur in January 2021.