Government has challenged society to fully support HIV and AIDS programmes in order to meet the 2015 deadline for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals that target universal access to comprehensive prevention, treatment, care and support.
The call was made by the Minister of Health and Child Welfare, Dr. Henry Madzorera during a Southern African AIDS Trust (SAT) networking ceremony held in the capital.
Government says more needs to be done by society and the corporate sector in achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals as the country is faced with many challenges, including the increase in sexually-transmitted infections, poverty and access to transport and treatment.
Dr Madzorera said communities can contribute immensely to the scaling up of better health facilities.
SAT representative, Jonathan Gunthorp said societal engagement will help in the better understanding of HIV and AIDS issues as communities will be practically involved in awareness projects.
According to the ministryâ€™s assessment in 2009, 13 300 children under the age of 15 years died from AIDS-related illness as they did not receive treatment in good time, a problem which is expected to be curbed if societies work closely with their local health institutions.