U.S.-Funded Project Extends Quality Health Care for Zambians

Lusaka. September 25, 2014.

LUSAKA — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Society for Family Health (SFH) have made great strides in extending the government’s reach of essential health services across the country through the recently culminated Partnership for Integrated Social Marketing (PRISM) project.

Using an integrated health service delivery model and working with a broad range of partners, the PRISM project successfully supported the Ministry of Health’s and the Ministry of Community Development, Mother, and Child Health’s goals of increasing access to basic services, in particular for the most vulnerable Zambians.

“We are gratified that, with the support of the Zambian government and through the PRISM project, more Zambians have achieved greater access to quality health care,” said USAID/Zambia Mission Director Dr. Susan K. Brems. “This project has helped strengthen the foundation for sustainable health care across Zambia, with particularly outstanding achievements in reducing HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrheal diseases and promoting women’s health.”

Over 1.2 million Zambians in ten provinces have benefited by the USAID-funded PRISM project, which was supported in part by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project provided counseling and testing for HIV for 982,988 people; distributed over 119 million Maximum® male condoms, and 1,886,716 Care® female condoms across Zambia; and circumcised over 175,000 men, through the voluntary male medical circumcision program. Saving Mothers, Giving Life trained 571 health-care providers who then distributed 120,000 doses of misoprostol to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth. PRISM also met 213,000 women’s needs for long-acting and reversible family planning methods, chiefly intra-uterine devices and implants. To prevent malaria, PRISM distributed 4.3 million insecticide-treated bed nets to pregnant women and children under age five and, to prevent diarrheal diseases and promote access to safe water, treated 9.3 billion liters of drinking water, through Clorin®, a point-of-use home water disinfecting solution.

PRISM was managed by Population Services International (PSI) and implemented nationally by the Society for Family Health (PSI’s Zambian office). The PRISM accomplishments were highlighted at a data dissemination meeting on September 25, 2014, which marked the culmination of the five-year, $73-million contract between USAID and PSI.