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In June of last year, we were excited to announce that North Star Alliance (North Star) had signed an agreement with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to gear up cross-border HIV prevention activities with support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As part of this initiative, North Star will be rolling out 29 new Roadside Wellness Centres across Southern Africa expanding greatly our capacity to deliver essential health and safety services to communities across the region.
Today, we’re excited to introduce two new additions to our network of Roadside Wellness Centres: Forbes, Zimbabwe, and Kazungula Ferry, Botswana. These new centres, opened as part of the SADC project, join Ficksburg, South Africa and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe which opened in June of this year.
To learn more about North Star’s work with SADC, read: North Star Alliance and SADC mobilise a major cross-border HIV prevention initiative
Forbes is located in Manicaland, Zimbabwe near the Mozambican border along a key transport route connecting Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, to the Port of Beira in Mozambique.
Kazungula Ferry, Botswana
Kazungula Ferry is a pontoon ferry across the 400-metre-wide Zambezi River. It is one of the largest ferries in south-central Africa and operates between border posts at Kazungula, Zambia and Kasane, Botswana.
The Kazungula Ferry links the Livingstone-Sesheke road (which connects to the Trans–Caprivi Highway at Katima Mulilo and forms part of the Walvis Bay Corridor) to the main north-south highway of Botswana through Francistown and Gaborone to South Africa, and also to the Kasane-Victoria Falls road through Zimbabwe. It serves the international road traffic of three countries directly (Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana) and of three more indirectly (Namibia, South Africa and DR Congo). North Star’s new Roadside Wellness Centre is located at a truck stop near the ferry port.
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