A healthier Zambia through innovation, data, and collaboration
In the past decade, Zambia has experienced tremendous economic growth and unprecedented improvements in public health. Still, three out of four Zambians live in poverty, and many face persistent health challenges.
Since 2005, PATH has partnered with the government of Zambia, health workers, communities, and others to tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and low immunization rates to widespread malaria. Based on the remarkable success of the malaria control program, Zambia has made a bold commitment to eliminate the disease.
Our work in Zambia
Malaria: PATH leads a number of projects that are fighting malaria from every angle. In areas where malaria rates are still high, we are accelerating case reduction through the Program for Advancement of Malaria Outcomes, while the MalariaCare partnership is improving the quality of diagnostic and treatment services.
Through PATH's Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA), we are supporting the government to create “malaria-free zones” by scaling up prevention and treatment; advancing sensitive diagnostic tools; testing new approaches, such as treating everyone in a community; and setting up rapid reporting systems. This work includes a unique partnership with the Tableau Foundation to use real-time data to track disease transmission patterns.
Strengthening health systems: PATH is enhancing immunization programs and health service delivery in Zambia by improving data quality, collection, and use. For example, we are partnering with the government to set up an electronic immunization registry system and working with the Ministry of Health and other partners to create and deploy a system to help health facilities monitor their supply and use of crucial health commodities.
Nutrition: To improve nutrition in Zambia, especially among people living with HIV, pregnant women, and orphans and vulnerable children, PATH and our partners have trained health workers in nutrition assessment, counseling, and support; strengthened workers’ ability to provide care; and increased access to supplements. We also support Zambian leaders in their effort to understand and address the root causes of malnutrition.
Advocacy: PATH works with government and advocacy partners in Zambia to ensure that maternal and newborn health are high priorities in national policy and budgeting. Examples include supporting the government to enact a national newborn health framework that identifies high-priority interventions for scale-up, and guidelines that help health workers deliver consistent, high-quality newborn care.
Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.
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