With his visit to Zambia, his meeting with the Greek community there, his talks with Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji, and his meeting with former President Kenneth Kaunda, Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick completed his tour of four sub-Saharan countries. A tour that combined Easter with the Greek community with important bilateral meetings, either for the first time, as is the case of Tanzania, or after at some 30 or 40 years, as in the case of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Family planning services are a key pillar in safe motherhood and also are a critical intervention in the continuum of care. They are also an indispensable component of the Sustainable Development Goal on health targets aimed at reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Unintended pregnancies, resulting from unmet need for family planning/contraception, threaten the lives and well-being of women and girls and their families.
Lusaka District recorded a total of 210 new cases and 4 deaths from 18-24 March 2018 compared to 256 new cases and 7 deaths the previous week. Of the 4 deaths recorded, 3 were community deaths. The cumulative number of cases as of Saturday 24 March was 4,749 with 88 deaths. The weekly incidence rate was 9/100,000 population, down from 11/100,000 the previous week, whereas the case Fatality Rate for Week 12 was 1.91% (Facility CFR=0.48%).
Early this year, Zambia experienced continuous heavy rains which resulted to floods, causing significant damages and losses.
On Wednesday, 21st February 2018 districts of Petauke and Chama were reported to be flooded. These floods washed away a bridge connecting Lundazi and Chama districts causing heavy traffic delay and the floods also caused destruction of houses , leading to displacement of community members.
By Bruce Mulenga
Over 15,000 DR Congolese refugees have fled their country following violent conflicts between Government soldiers and rebel groups. The refugees are currently hosted at newly opened Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement in Nchelenge district, North of Zambia. The refugees are facing unique protection risks as a result of insecure shelter provisions, broken community structures, insufficient food, water and sanitation. Children and women are most vulnerable, with an increased risk of suffering from malnutrition and water-borne diseases.
In response to the influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Luapula province, the WHO Country Office is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to strengthen disease surveillance in order to reduce the risk of spread of communicable diseases. The WHO Representative, Dr.
By Bruce Mulenga
Nchelenge UNHCR field office in Northern Zambia is newly opened to manage DR Congolese refugee influx, currently hosted at Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement. With 21 staff, UNHCR ensures that 15,000 refugees are provided with timely international protection and life- saving assistance.
Pamela Michelo is a community-based protection associate and one of the three female staff in Nchelenge office.
Since September 2017, 14,941 refugees have been registered at Kenani Transit Centre in Luapula Province. A combined total of 600 children have been registered by Plan and Save the Children in various categories of classes at the CFCs. Five boreholes have been drilled in Mantapala Refugee Settlement by World Vision International.
906 Refugees have been relocated from Kenani to Mantapala in five transfers
150 refugee families have built and moved in to their homes in Mantapala
This operation update depicts the progress in the implementation of cholera outbreak response activities of Zambia Red Cross in Lusaka. It revises the number of target people from 70,000 to 200,000 and seeks an additional allocation of CHF 26,354, which will support additional costs for volunteer incentives as they conduct door to door hygiene promotion.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
12,200 smallholder farmers registered and verified for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and weather index insurance.
WFP conducted an aggregator selection exercise in five districts. This exercise was aimed at assessing aggregators’ potential to offer and extend their marketing services to small holder farmers and help to improve their livelihoods, incomes and establish a predictable and stable market.
More than 5,796 cholera / AWD cases and 74 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.3%) have been reported in 9 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambia closed some schools and markets, among other measures, to curb the spread of the disease
LUSAKA, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Zambia's cholera epidemic continues to slow with seven deaths recorded over the last month, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said on Tuesday.
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PIN conducted a multi-sectoral assessment in Western Province of Zambia in August 2017 in order to inform future programming. The methodology included a desk review of literature, key informant interviews and focus group discussions with all female, all male and mixed groups. Key findings and recommendations are as follows:
1.1 Dietary Diversity, IYCF and Community Management of Acute Malnutrition
Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Zambia Anglican Council Outreach Programmes (ZACOP) to provide critical emergency support following a cholera outbreak in the Lusaka Province.
The outbreak first began in October 2017 and is spreading rapidly throughout the country. So far, over 3,800 people have contracted this infectious disease and 83 deaths have been reported.
In another promising development for people affected by large-scale cholera epidemics, recent data from Zambia’s 2016 cholera epidemic has highlighted that just one dose of oral vaccine provides effective short-term protection against the disease during an outbreak, similar to that of the currently recommended two doses. The results of the study – conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the organisation’s research arm, Epicentre, the Zambian Ministry Of Health (MOH), the Pasteur Institute and the World Health Organization (WHO) - were published in the 8 February edition of
More than 4,057 cholera / AWD cases and 51 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.3%) have been reported in 11 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
NCHELENGE, Tuesday, 06-02-2018. The Vatican Ambassador to Zambia has called upon the International Community to assist thousands of Refugees currently settled at Kenani Refugee Settlement in Nchelenge district. He has further praised the UNHCR in Zambia for rendering support, generosity and humanity towards refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
DAPP Zambia is implementing the Zambia Family South-Central (ZAMFAM) project reaching over 125,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) per year for five years, with comprehensive life changing activities.
The goal of the project is to improve the care and resilience of orphans and vulnerable children living with or affected by HIV by supporting, protecting, and strengthening the capacity of children, families, and communities. ZAMFAM started in January 2016 and is funded by USAID.
LUSAKA/COPPERBELT, ZAMBIA, 14-16 November 2017 – Upgraded health facilities in Lusaka and Copperbelt Provinces worth 10 million kwacha (US$ 1 million) have been officially inaugurated by the Ministry of Health during site visits with officials from the European Union, which provided the funding through the Millennium Development Goal initiative (MDGi).