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By Jaclyn Schiff, 5 August 2013
Zambia's government says it has met the challenge raised in the 2001 Abuja Declaration for African countries to spend at least 15 percent of their annual budgets on health care. Officials say part of that spending is helping keep a half million HIV-positive Zambians alive with antiretrovirals (ARVs).
But one prominant Zambian activist says the country's ARV program is not sustainable and the government lacks a clear plan for the future.
"We are now witnessing a true renaissance, an awakening, about malaria," Carlos (Kent) Campbell said when he accepted a lifetime achievement award in November at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Campbell attributed the progress to "a huge global effort". But the award was aimed at recognizing the critical contribution he has made to the development of effective malaria control strategies.
GOVERNMENT has evacuated five landmine victims, including two elderly women and a pupil, from Chavuma District to Lusaka for specialist treatment at the cost of about K25 million.
Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister, Jean Kapata arrived with the five at Kenneth Kaunda International Airportyesterday around 11:00 hours aboard a Super King Air B200 plane chartered by Meanwood chairperson, Robinson Zulu.
Steven Nguvulo, Nelson Kawele, Richard Kamawe, Lwinie Kawina and Nyachipango Kahalu, each lost a leg after they stepped on landmines.
ZAMBIA has recorded a decline in the incidence of malaria by 66 per cent due to increased resource allocation to malaria control programmes and Government's commitment to fighting the disease.
Ministry of Health director of public health and research, Victor Mukonka said according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) assessment of 2008, Zambia had surpassed the set targets of both the Abuja Declaration of reducing malaria illness and deaths by 50 per cent by 2010 and the Roll Back Malaria goal of reducing the global malaria burden by 50 per cent by the same year.
Cape Town - The annual report of the Africa Progress Report says that despite authoritarian and corrupt leaders, wars and coups, the overall trend in Africa is towards less conflict, more democracy and greater development.
Selected highlights from its 2009 report:
Progress in the areas of governance and education are mixed, with more democracy and access to education on the one hand, but coups d'etat and low school enrolment still …
By Margaret McElligott,Lusaka, Zambia
Although largely unnoticed in the developed world, malaria strikes 500 million people a year and kills nearly a million children younger than five, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Treating the disease absorbs a significant amount of income in poor households, and the economic and social effects of chronic infections are a major obstacle in Africa's progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goal of reducing severe poverty.
Debt relief for Africa is a top issue under discussion in capitals around the world and is a lead item on the agenda for the G-8 summit in early July of the leading industrial nations. One country that has received some good news on debt recently is Zambia, where successive presidents have campaigned to have funds redirected to health care, education and infrastructure, with backing from civil society organizations.
Akwe Amosu, Washington, DC