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Pandemic won't ruffle NGO's feathers

An AIDS NGO on Thursday said until Zambia's government implements a national treatment plan, it will do what it can to comfort people living with HIV/AIDS.

The comment follows the launch of a joint fundraising initiative on Tuesday between the Network of Zambian People Living with HIV/AIDS (NZP+) and poultry farmers, Verino Agro Industries.

"All funds raised will be used to alleviate the suffering of the people who are living with HIV/AIDS," NZP+ national chairman, Martin Chisulo told the UN news service PlusNews.

Chisulo said the initiative hopes to raise between US $3 to $4 million, where for every kilogram of Verino country chicken sold, US 2 cents goes towards the cause.

UNAIDS estimates that 21 percent of the country's adults are infected with HIV/AIDS.

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