Choppies enters Zambian market

Choppies is launching an aggressive campaign to open at least three stores in Zambia this year.

Choppies Marketing Manager Otsile Marole has confirmed that the retail giant is entering the Zambian retail market.

She said plans are underway to set up the shops at Livingstone.

Speaking to Voice Money, she said, “We are currently working on that (opening of stores). Plans are already at an advanced stage and very soon the first shop will be opening in Zambia.”

While she did not say when the first store would be opened, Marole said they intend opening three (3) stores in 2015.

She further revealed, “We hope to open about ten stores in Zambia over a period of three years.”

Meanwhile, the Choppies Group partnered with Airborne Lifeline Foundation this week to fly medical specialists and supplies to the remotest parts of the country.

Choppies has provided its aircraft to assist in the operations.

Choppies Chief Executive Officer Ramachandran Ottappath said the initiative will help patients to access services faster, adding that they are concerned about Batswana in remotest parts of the country.

On his part, the president and founder of Airborne Foundation Jonathan Miller said for the first time in history medical specialists will visit remote areas regularly.

He said Airborne now serves numerous satellite clinics in Kgalagadi, the Okavango Delta and Chobe.

“Initial funding was done by me and my wife Lisa but in 2008 recession caused dramatic drop in funds available to Airborne. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) were made available and now Choppies came on board to continue this good initiative. On average Airborne flies eight medical specialists per flight including HIV/AIDS specialist from the Baylor and Penn. PEPFAR funds have also been crucial to the success,” he said.

HIV care and treatment officer Dr Mpho Letebele said over the past decade, the United States.

Government has been providing technical and financial support its citizens through PEPFAR.

He said PEPFAR efforts have been focused in four broad areas- HIV prevention, system strengthening, strategic information and treatment, care and support activities.

He asserted, “The American investment in this joint effort with the government has so far disbursed more than $700 million. Airborne Lifeline has been a Center for Disease Control /PEPFAR implementing partner through the Ministry of Health supporting treatment, care and support. Since its inception, Airborne has flown health workers who have treated thousands of patients as well as shipped thousands of tonnes of medications, in particular, ARVs and other HIV related commodities,” said Letebele.

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