In Zambia, 591 maternal deaths occur per 100,000 live births while the infant, neonatal and under-five mortality rates are at 70, 34, and 119 per 1,000 live births, respectively. These mortality rates are unacceptably high.
On August 15, the hype of HIV/ AIDS boomed loudly again on Zambia when the president of the country announced mandatory testing for the disease. A catch-word, "Tipima", has evolved and it is making rounds on social media in all forms, basically to encourage people to go for compulsory HIV testing
Jackline Mwende’s encountered one of the most horrendous tragedy of a childless marriage. The 32 year-old was allegedly attacked by her husband who she say chopped off her both hand with a machete.
Media calls me a "gold digger" who married a rich European footbal coach and attacks me for revealing my HIV positive status. "I touched where it hurts most; disclosing my HIV status to the public."
Women and girls aged 15-24 account for a fifth of all new HIV infections globally. Nearly 1,000 are infected every day in sub-Saharan Africa. Infused with microbicides, the ring, which sits on the cervix, has been shown to cut infections by 56%.
"Women, widows, are taken advantage of in Zambia. It is our right; men says. As men we can do what we want. We paid (a dowry) for you. We paid a lot of money, a lot of cattle to your parents. We're not releasing you. You belong to us'.”