LUSAKA (Reuters) – The United States will give Zambia a new one year bilateral grant of $389 million for AIDS relief starting in October after Congressional approval, Zambia’s ministry of health said in a statement.

The grant under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) follows a meeting on Zambia which was held last week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“The meeting reviewed key policies, strategies and activities to be undertaken toward the goal of achieving epidemic control of HIV,” the statement said.

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said the meeting marked a milestone in the southern African nation’s collaboration with donors in enhancing provision of quality healthcare services.

“The U.S. government through PEPFAR is a strategic partner in Zambia’s National HIV response which has been instrumental in accelerating the nation’s progress toward attainment of epidemic control of HIV and AIDS by 2020,” Chilufya said.

In addition to the $389 million, Chilufya said the United States would give Zambia funds specifically for the voluntary male circumcision programs.

(Reporting by Chris Mfula; Editing by Emma Rumney and Mark Potter)