United States Defense Attaché Hands Over 50th Medical Facility

Lusaka. June 2, 2015.

LUSAKA — The United States Defense Attaché Office, part of the U.S. Mission to Zambia, officially handed over the Gondar Camp Hospital to the Zambian Ministry of Defense in a ceremony on May 22, 2015. The hospital, located in Chipata, Eastern Province, will support military personnel, their families, and community members in the surrounding area. The U.S. President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Defense Attaché’s Office in Zambia funded the $1.9 million project.

Gondar Camp Hospital is the largest and most modern in the area, and is staffed and maintained by Zambian medical personnel. The facility includes a maternity ward that will greatly improve access to adequate health care for expectant mothers in the region.

This hospital is the 50th medical facility constructed by the U.S. Defense Attaché’s Office in Zambia, and the handover ceremony marked the 10th successful year of collaboration between PEFPAR through the U.S. Defense Attaché Office and Zambian Ministry of Defense to support Zambian Defense Forces Health Services in their fight against HIV/AIDS. These facilities have greatly improved the quality of life for thousands of Zambian military personnel and civilians in the surrounding communities by reducing the rates of HIV/AIDS, prolonging the lifespans of those infected by providing access to Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) medications, as well as reducing the infant mortality rates in those regions by expanding access to medical facilities and pre-natal care for women who are pregnant. The Gondar Camp Hospital will increase capacity and access to medical care in the region by providing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment services, maternity care, and education outreach to the surrounding population.

This program illustrates the continued commitment of the American people to the Republic of Zambia.