- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Oct 2017
- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
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LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – In response to the recent outbreak of cholera in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, CMMB has launched an emergency relief initiative to stop the spread of infection, particularly in the three epicenters of outbreak: the neighborhoods of Chipata, Kenyama, and Matero.
The title of this year’s annual report was inspired by our global family, which includes the women and children we serve, field staff, community health workers, volunteers, medical personnel, donors, and our many partners. As a family, we can learn so much from one another about respect, dignity, and love. I’m proud of CMMB’s (CATHOLIC MEDICAL MISSION BOARD) family and our many accomplishments highlighted in this report. Before you turn the page, I’d like to share some highlights:
Veronica Makiko is a mother of three children – two sons and a daughter. They live in Mushonto Village, in Western Province, Zambia.
An estimated 81 percent of the population in the district where Veronica lives does not have access to safe water. Every morning, Veronica and her children used to wake up at 5:00 am and walk more than two kilometers, which took about three hours, to reach the nearest stream to fetch water for the family. Cattle and goats also use the stream to drink and bathe, and the water is highly contaminated.
CMMB and its partners recently celebrated the successful transition of the global AIDSRelief HIV care and treatment programs to local faith-based and NGO partners in 10 countries. The AIDSRelief program – started in 2003 with funding from the U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – provided care and treatment to more than 700,000 people living with HIV worldwide.
April 25 marks World Malaria Day – a day to celebrate the gains made in the fight against malaria. During the last decade, reported malaria cases have been cut in half in more than 40 countries. Malaria deaths have dropped by nearly 330,000 each year, and an estimated 485 fewer children are dying each day from malaria.
CMMB, working in collaboration with Caritas Internationalis, is preparing to ship several airlifts with emergency medical supplies to southern Africa in response to a severe drought, which threatens the lives of 10 million people. Targeting Zambia and Malawi with the first shipments, CMMB seeks to help combat the drought-induced illnesses, such as cholera and malaria, afflicting Africa's southern regions.