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Under the scorching heat, a pregnant woman is making a 5 hour journey by foot to the hospital to give birth. The woman goes into labor while she is still making her way to the hospital, and gives birth on the road without anyone to help her. This is a story from a health center officer in a sub-district only 20km away from Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. AAR Japan reports the current situation and its activities in Chisankane community.
One health center for 10,000 people
The spread of AIDS is serious in Zambia. AIDS was believed to have been a fatal disease before, but nowadays antiretroviral (ARV) medicine is available, which can control the development and aggravation of the symptoms provided that the medicine is taken religiously everyday. However, many HIV-positive people and AIDS patients discontinue taking ARV medicine for if they are unwilling to disclose their status to their neighbors, or they wait before going to hospital with the false understanding that they are still healthy.
AAR has been making comprehensive efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS infection since 2000 in Zambia by spreading proper knowledge, supporting children whose parents died of AIDS to go to school and providing care for HIV/AIDS patients. AAR reports about the ART (antiretroviral therapy) support, which we implement in the suburb of the capital city of Lusaka.
We wish more patients could live longer
Life Expectancy of 46 Years - 690,000 Orphans Estimated to Have Lost Their Parents
Southern Province in Zambia was one of the hardest-hit areas by the drought that had affected Southern Africa for two consecutive years. Millions of farmers in the area faced severe food shortage. Many of them had no choice but to sell or consume the grain seeds indispensable for the next farming season. To recover agricultural production for long-term food security, AAR JAPAN provided drought-resistant grain seeds, bean seeds and fertilizer to six thousand households in Southern Province in Zambia.