Over 3,360 refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) fled into Zambia between 30 August and 3 October 2017. The refugees have been fleeing inter-ethnic conflicts as well as clashes between government forces and armed militias in HautKatanga province. Several of them have reported extreme brutality committed by all parties against civilians.
According to the National Society’s assessments carried out in the past weeks, a heavy increase in the influx of refugees has been recorded, straining the capacity of the reception and transition centres (TC). The recent increase has triggered an immediate scale-up of the National Society’s activities in order to support and to increase the capacity of the existing transit centres as well as to allow for support outside the centres. The assessment has indicated that the trend is likely to continue, and that the National Society’s interventions may need to be further scaled up.
IPA Zambia is pleased to share its second quarter bulletin of 2017. This bulletin features updates on our research projects on improving public services by improving staff allocation; trust, spontaneous clusters, and the growth of urban small- and medium-sized enterprises; and interpersonal communication to encourage use of the Maximum Diva Woman's Condom.
IPA Zambia Co-Hosts Event on the Impact of Teaching Girls Negotiation Skills
Zambia has high rates of chronic malnutrition (40%) and early childbearing.
The Female Youth Livelihoods and Nutrition Enhancement Project (FYNEP) has increased the consumption of micronutrient-rich foods among young girls and women in western Zambia.
Through it, households are making more types of food available year-round.
LUSAKA / GENEVA (12 May 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, today cautioned that many Zambian peasants are at risk of becoming squatters on their own land as Zambia is turned into Southern Africa’s food basket.
In Zambia, spreadsheets, paper registries and phone calls were once the only way for staff in the Ministry of Health, based in the capital Lusaka, to know if district and provincial health facilities and warehouses had adequate supply of vaccines. Since none of the supply registries were connected to the national warehouse, reporting was never timely.
This year, malaria will kill more than 400,000 people around the world. The vast majority will be kids in sub-Saharan Africa.
In Zambia, the disease is accepted as a fact of life. Despite success fighting the disease, nearly 5 million malaria cases were reported in the country in 2015, and it’s the number one cause of hospitalization. The disease causes Zambians to miss work and school, further entrenching them in poverty and hunger.
CHAMA DISTRICT, Eastern Province, Zambia – Kingsley
Musama is the only midwife working at Chikwa Rural Health Center, which serves a remote area with a population catchment of 11,880.
Speaking on behalf of Cooperating Partners that are supporting Zambia’s health sector at the Health Sector Annual Consultative Meeting in Lusaka today, Mr Fergus said:
"On behalf of the Health Cooperating Partners, let me start by wishing you a productive and fruitful 2017. We thank the honourable Minister and his team for the opportunity to jointly reflect on 2016 and collectively chart a path for improved joint working in 2017."
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
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Mara Steinhaus, Amy Gregowski, Natacha Stevanovic Fenn and Suzanne Petroni 2016
Choosing whether, when and who to marry is one of the most important, personal decisions that one can make. Yet, in many places around the world, girls and boys are forced into marriage before they’re ready, a practice known as “child marriage”. Around the world, an estimated 15 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, and UNICEF estimates that 720 million women alive today were married as children. The harmful consequences of child marriage have been well documented.
Lukulu District Hospital Medical Officer Mr. Simon Mundemba says there has been significant improvements in child and maternal health indicators since the opening of the new public medical facility commissioned by the Deputy Minister of Health in mid 2015.
"Maternal deaths reduced from 6 deaths per annum in 2014 to 2 deaths per annum in 2015. In previous years [before 2014], the district used to record up to 12 maternal deaths per year" Dr. Mundemba said.
KABWE, Zambia – Southern Africa’s first ever Fast Track Court for tackling cases of gender-based violence has been established in Zambia, to improve delivery of justice in GBV cases. The court has been set up in Kabwe by the Government of Zambia, with support from the UN Joint Programme on Gender-Based Violence (UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, IOM, ILO) and with funding from the Governments of Sweden and Ireland.
In Zambia, 43 per cent of women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, in the majority of cases from intimate partners, current data indicates.
A total of 1,179 cumulative cases of cholera have been reported in Zambia since 5 February 2016 (Epidemiological Week 6 of 2016), of which 192 cases are laboratory confirmed. 31 deaths have been reported since the onset of the outbreak, with eight of these deaths being children.
As a demonstration of the importance UNFPA attaches to strengthening midwifery education, UNFPA has made available USD 12,000 and assorted midwifery teaching models and equipment valued at K100,530 towards the establishment of a midwifery school at Solwezi School of Nursing.
The UNFPA Zambia 2015 annual report highlights continued efforts to break the cycle of unfulfilled sexual and reproductive rights for women and young people, thus making a difference in their lives in the course of the year. It documents advancements in national discourse on inequalities - including a sharpened focus on the most marginalized and vulnerable women and young people including adolescent girls; the poorest households; those living in remote and underserved areas; and those facing one form of discrimination or the other.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 22 April 2016 signed a US$4 million contract with a construction company, Wah Kong Enterprises to extend the central warehousing facilities of Zambia’s medical distributor, Medical Stores Limited(MSL).
Upgrading the central warehouse in Lusaka will ease some of the problems of storage and enhance distribution of drugs and supplies right up to district depots and clinics across the country.
London/ Lusaka, 9 April 2016: The largest cholera vaccination campaign ever undertaken has just commenced in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka. Over half a million people are planned to receive the oral cholera vaccine in an effort to curb the outbreak that began in February in the city’s overcrowded township areas. As of 7 April, a total of 664 cases and 12 deaths had been reported in Lusaka.