Lusaka. September 3, 2015.
Lusaka – The United States is committed to working with the government and people of Zambia to improve health care for Zambians. On September 3, the Government of the United States, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), officially handed over a prefabricated skills lab to the Ministry of Health’s nursing and midwifery training institutions. The PEPFAR program known as the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI) supports the Monze and Lusaka Schools of Nursing and Midwifery and the Department of Nursing Sciences (DNS) at the School of Medicine.
Representing the U.S. government, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Young presented the skills laboratory to Ministry of Health officials. The prefabricated laboratory which was assembled for a total value of 1,260,000 Kwacha (USD 157,672.11.), will enable nursing students to practice clinical skills in order to acquire the desired competencies before handling the real patients in the practice settings. Chargé Young said, “The United States, through PEPFAR, is committed to helping Zambia reach an AIDS-free generation. This skills lab, along with the equipment and manikins, will enhance the learning of nursing students and the safety of patients.” This support is one part of the U.S. government’s overall assistance to the national fight against HIV/AIDS on behalf of the people of the United States through PEPFAR.
NEPI activities began in Zambia in 2010 and are supported by PEPFAR with technical assistance from the NEPI Coordinating Centre at Columbia University International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), Nurse Capacity Initiative (INCI). Zambia is one of five countries that participate in NEPI centrally funded initiative. Other countries include: Malawi, Lesotho, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Through programs like NEPI, the U.S Government, through PEPFAR, continues its partnership with Zambia to continue progress toward an AIDS-free generation.