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19 Nov 2018 description

Refugees and their hosts are sharing services as part of a new approach in Zambia.

By Josie Le Blond in Mantapala Settlement, Zambia | 19 November 2018

Nurse Patricia Sampule smiles as she carefully checks the tiny baby. At just 20 minutes old, the little girl doesn’t yet have a name, but she and her mother, both Congolese refugees, are doing well.
Until recently, they would have had to travel over 30 kilometers to see a doctor. Now, this is the fourteenth baby delivered this week at the clinic in Mantapala Settlement, north western Zambia.

02 Nov 2018 description

Zambia has been classified by the World Health Organisation to be at very high risk of importation of cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) from the ongoing epidemic of the disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo due to the heightened transmission of the virus in North Kivu and Ituri provinces. The WHO Regional Office for Africa is therefore supporting the 10 countries bordering the DRC to heighten vigilance by strengthening capacity for preventing, detecting, investigating and responding quickly to potential Ebola threats.

21 Sep 2018 description

A new approach that lets refugees live alongside the local community in Mantapala Settlement is boosting livelihoods for all.

By Josie Le Blond in Mantapala Settlement, Zambia | 21 September 2018

Mela Mwansa stoops to water her garden plants, soaking their roots in the red, sandy soil. Around her, green shoots reach up towards the dappled light under the trees. These plants mean a lot to Mela, a life-long farmer.

18 Sep 2018 description

The outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Beni, North Kivu province poses a risk of the disease spreading beyond the borders of the country to its neighboring countries including Zambia.

28 Aug 2018 description

Mr. Andrew Banda, Director Department of Resettlement Mr Abdon Mawere, Commissioner for Refugees Ambassadors, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps Senior government officials The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Janet Rogan Colleagues from the United Nations in Zambia Members of the media Invited Ladies and gentlemen

Thank you for joining us at the national stakeholders consultations for UNHCR’s Multi-year, Multi-partner Protection and Solutions Strategy.

23 Aug 2018 description


• Zambia is a landlocked, lower-middle income country with a population of roughly 16 million people and a relatively peaceful history. Ongoing conflict in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has led to an influx of refugees, prompting the Government of Zambia to request increased support from the international community.

13 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• As of 28 June 2018, a total of 15,425 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were registered at Kenani transit centre in the Luapula Province of Zambia.

• UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government of Zambia to provide life-saving services for all the refugees in Kenani transit centre and in the Mantapala permanent settlement area.

• More than half of the refugees have been relocated to Mantapala permanent settlement area.

25 Jul 2018 description
  • 225 Congolese refugees arrived in Zambia during the month of June, bringing the total number of new arrivals from the DRC, since 1 January 2018 to 30 June so far in 2018 to 4,095 individuals.
  • By the end of June, 444 children were accessing the UNICEF-funded Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) at Mantapala Refugee Settlement on a daily basis.
  • A cumulative total of 10,337 persons, have been relocated from Kenani Transit Centre to Mantapala Refugee Settlement, bringing to an end the relocation programme.
20 Jun 2018 description

The Guest of Honour, Minister of Home Affairs, honourable Stephen Kampyongo MP,

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,

The Commissioner for Refugees,

Senior Government officials,

Members of the Diplomatic community,

The UN Country Team and UNHCR Implementing Partners,

The Refugee Community

Representatives of the host community

Members of the media,


Ladies and Gentlemen.

18 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 525 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$ 4.86 m six months (January-June 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

  • 138,761 people assisted in May 2018

Operational Context

14 Jun 2018 description

Summary Points

  • While creating new infrastructure in Mantapala Refugee Settlement is urgent, there is also a need to improve conditions and basic services in Meheba Refugee Settlement to prepare it to host more refugees in an event of a new influx from the DRC through the Copperbelt and North-western Provinces.

07 Jun 2018 description

13,900 refugees received food rations in both Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

1,640 children are accessing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

A cumulative total of 9,808 persons have received medical assistance since January 2018 in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

Operational Context