U.S. Project Delivers National Database to Coordinate OVC Health Services

LUSAKA — On November 25, 2015, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially handed over the Zambia Orphans and Vulnerable Children Management Information System (ZOMIS) database to the Ministry of Community Development. The ZOMIS database, developed by the USAID Data Rising Project with support from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS …

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Statements from the President of the United States and the United States Ambassador to Zambia on the Passing of President Sata

Message for U.S. Citizens: Statements from the President of the United States and the United States Ambassador to Zambia on the Passing of President Sata (October 30, 2014) Statement by President of the United States Barack Obama on the passing of Zambian President Michael Chilufya Sata: On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I …

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U.S. Embassy Applauds Peaceful By-Elections

September 17, 2014 Elections are the cornerstone of a participatory democracy, and they are successful when voters approach the polls free from fear of violence and intimidation. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), the Zambia Police Service (ZPS), Zambia’s political parties, and the people of Zambia for …

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“The United States and Zambia: Celebrating Freedom Together” National Day Remarks

Deputy Chief of Mission David J. Young June 5, 2014. Today we commemorate 238 years of American independence. We’re getting an early start – ahead of the Fourth of July, owing to school holidays and the seasonal flight of many diplomats – but today we will lift our glasses to remember the inspiring vision of …

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“A Free Press is the Guardian of a Free People”

May 15, 2014 “From 100 yards away, the freshly turned earth of the field appeared to be covered with haphazard dots. Five feet away, the dots became empty shoes, shattered eyeglasses, and decaying clothing…No evidence of battles having been fought was found.” Thus begins journalist David Rohde’s account of the mass graves he witnessed in …

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Reconciliation Requires Peaceful Dialogue, an End to Violence, and Honest Debate

April 24, 2014 How wonderful to see the spirit of reconciliation that has marked this year’s Holy Week gatherings here in Lusaka! I was privileged to attend services at St. Ignatius Catholic Church and Miracle Life Church on Good Friday, and then St. Ignatius again on Easter Sunday. I was impressed to see the President, …

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Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy Urges Freedom For All

January 20, 2014 On January 20, the United States celebrates one of our most timely and relevant national holidays – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. For me it is a holiday that focuses national attention on some of the founding ideals that make America strong as a democracy. Like all countries, the United States …

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Zambia Community OVC Program Links to HIV/AIDS Clinical Services and Food Aid

Senefa Chinga’s bright smile hides memories of her life slipping away, when she was on the edge of becoming another AIDS death statistic in Zambia.  But thanks to the strong support she got from community caregivers from Bwafwano Community Home-based Care Program in Chazanga compound in Lusaka, she turned adversity to her advantage. After losing …

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AIDS Drug Adherence Support Workers Make a Difference in Zambia

Thirty-six year old Daniel Ngoshe, a father of six children, was jobless when he discovered he was infected with HIV.  But his life dramatically changed when he went on anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and was disciplined about his drug regimen. The free anti-retroviral therapy in Zambia – as in other countries – is effective only if …

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UTH – PEPFAR Supported ART Clinic

JB was only 12 years old when he was diagnosed as HIV positive. He was first brought to University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka after having two weeks of severe headaches and vomiting. After he was admitted, JB’s health quickly degenerated. A simple blood sample determined that JB had malaria. But despite the malaria treatment …

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Zambia’s Luapula Province Sees Increase in Male Involvement in PMTCT

An increasing number of men are proving that they can be true partners in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Zambia, where the HIV epidemic continues to disproportionately devastate women and girls.  In Luapula Province, husbands and boyfriends have started to travel with their pregnant partners to antenatal clinic visits, encouraging their wives to get health …

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MOH-CBoH-SI / Central Board of Health and JHPIEGO

Agness is a midwife and the coordinator for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and test counseling services at the Nangongwe Clinic in Kafue District, Zambia.  The clinic started using the Smart Card — or electronic medical record system (EMRs) — in April 2005, and already has more than 1,000 clients who are users of this …

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Pediatric ART

Susan was only 12 months old when she was brought by her grandmother into the pediatric center at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia, one sunny October morning.  Susan was extremely frail, dull, and lifeless. Less than a year ago, Susan would have followed so many other Zambian children to the grave after …

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TB/HIV

Vincent, 42, arrived at Dambwa Clinic in June 2005 unsure of why he was ill.  His voice was so soft that he could barely be heard between coughs.  He lives in Livingstone District, Zambia, which has 30.8% HIV-prevalence rate. After a tuberculosis (TB) sputum examination and chest X-ray screening, he was diagnosed with TB.  He …

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