Remarks by USAID Director Sheryl Stumbras During the Vehicle Handover Ceremony

Remarks by USAID Director Sheryl Stumbras
Vehicle Handover Ceremony
Ministry of Health, Lusaka, Zambia
August 28, 2019

(as prepared for delivery)

I am honored to be here today representing the United States government, and in particular the United States Agency for International Development, better known as USAID, at this vehicle handover ceremony.

The United States government is proud to partner with the Zambian government and other stakeholders to support interventions that save and improve the lives of mothers and children.  Through our annual investment of $26 million dollars, we focus on implementing evidence-based, high-impact interventions across the continuum of care.

The positive trends in maternal and child health indicators that were recently highlighted in the 2018 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey results reflect our joint efforts in improving the quality of care for mothers and children since the early 2000s.

One of the key challenges in increasing access and providing quality health care, particularly in the rural, hard-to-reach areas, is access to transport. Together with the Swedish International Development Agency, the United States government is supporting health system strengthening activities, including reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition in Muchinga, Luapula, Southern and Eastern Provinces.

Through the hand-over of these five vehicles, the Zambian government will be able to support the administration of this continuum of care project, and ensure its effective implementation.

Zambia’s development objectives can only be achieved if it has a healthy and productive population.  We are proud to hand over these vehicles to help Zambia achieve its goals in improving the lives of Zambian women and children.