The K748 million (about $1.1million) Livingstonia Synod Aids Programme’s (Lisap) new journey to strengthen its sway in some parts of the Northern Region got off to a smooth start on Wednesday with some international partners declaring the organisation on course to achieve the lofty goal.
The allies, including financiers from overseas, backed the programme’s strides to eliminate new HIV infections and ensure healthy lives for people affected by the pandemic and other issues during a conference to discuss a new strategic plan which envisages sustaining community impact.
The 2016-2020 strategy comprises a seven-point plan to bolster the inroads achieved by Lisap in 22 years of its existence.
The priority areas for the next five years include reducing stigma and discrimination, preventing parent-to-child transmission, ending child marriages and promoting early childhood development as well as nutrition.
In an interview, Help a Child envoy Agnes Kroese said the Dutch organisation, which started funding Lisap in 2009, will continue doing so to ensure the new goals are achieved.
“We have been working with Lisap for many years and they are doing a wonderful job to reduce the impact of HIV and Aids in the country. We will continue supporting them because we are convinced they are on track to achieve the new targets,” Kroese said.
Her organisation is one of 11 partners in the Netherlands, which support Lisap to the tune of $1.1 million (over K740 million) every year.
Livingstonia Synod’s deputy general secretary, the Reverend Joseph Mwale, said Lisap has enjoyed support from donors and they hope to sustain the spirit of togetherness.
Lisap works in almost 30 communities in Nkhata Bay, Mzimba, Karonga, Rumphi and Chitipa. n