April 7, 2015 | Contact: Janet Deutsch, Public Affairs Officer, Phone: 357000
Lusaka – United States Ambassador to Zambia Eric Schultz participated in a vehicle handover ceremony today in Choma, Southern Province. The U.S. government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is supporting the Saving Mothers Giving Life initiative through the donation of three vehicles to the Southern Province Medical Office in an effort to further reduce maternal mortality rates.
The Government of the United States has collaborated with the Government of the Republic of Zambia on the Saving Mothers, Giving Life program in Kalomo, Lundazi, Mansa, and Nyimba Districts since 2012. In these districts, the program has already reduced facility-based maternal mortality by 35%. The United States has pledged support to extend the program to Choma, Pemba, and Zimba districts.
Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a public-private partnership between the Government of Zambia, the U.S. government (the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Defense and Peace Corps); the Norwegian government; the Swedish government (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA) and private partners Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project Cure, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In collaboration with Saving Mothers, Giving Life, the Zambian government, through the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and the Ministry of Health, is taking a leadership role in helping Zambia achieve its “Roadmap to Addressing Maternal Mortality.”