A healthier Zambia through collaboration and innovation
PATH has been a trusted partner in Zambia since 2005 when we joined country leaders in an ambitious plan to take malaria prevention and control nationwide. Today, we’re supporting massive campaigns to test and treat for the disease, and Zambia has announced an even bolder plan: elimination of malaria countrywide by 2020. The country’s ability to rigorously measure progress and a marked reduction in malaria illness and deaths are proof that collaboration and innovation can achieve unprecedented gains.
Our malaria work demonstrates PATH’s approach to solving health challenges. We work side by side with the National Malaria Control Center, clinics, and community health workers to fight the disease from every angle. Communities take full ownership of the solutions we help develop—identifying, tracking, and treating cases, and building disease surveillance systems to stop outbreaks before they start. These strategies are helping to chart a course for eliminating malaria in Zambia and other African countries.
PATH brings the same spirit of innovation and partnership to address other pressing health challenges, from malnutrition to HIV.
Our work in Zambia
Nutrition: PATH is improving nutrition for people living with HIV, pregnant women, and orphans and vulnerable children. The Thrive Project trains health professionals in nutrition assessment, counseling, and support; builds the capacity of local manufacturers of high-energy protein supplements; and develops strategies to make the supplements accessible and affordable.
Better immunization data: Through the BID Initiative, we are enhancing immunization and health service delivery by improving data quality, collection, and use. Elements of the initiative include developing a national electronic immunization registry and improving the vaccine supply chain.
Advocacy for maternal and newborn health: To reduce one of the highest infant death rates in the world, PATH has been working with Zambian advocates and decision-makers to make newborn health a priority. PATH supported the development of guidelines for health workers who care for newborns, and we continue to support advocacy to increase resources for maternal and newborn health.
Malaria: PATH leads a number of large malaria projects in Zambia. We are strengthening lab and clinical capacity, improving malaria prevention and case management, and developing new tools and strategies for elimination. One unique partnership with the Tableau Foundation is using real-time data to track disease transmission patterns to help leaders decide how to best deploy resources.
Photo: PATH/Gabe Bienczycki.
Local advocates step up for women, newborns, and children
Improving health by improving data collection, quality, and use
Hunting down every malaria infection in a vast swath of rural Africa
A house-to-house mission to reduce malaria cases to zero