U.S. Embassy Zambia

Malaria Interventions in Eastern Province

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We were happy to chat with Simon Banda, Evan Brothers and Margret Ngoma to talk about Malaria interventions in Zambia spearheaded by Peace Corps. Simon is a Program and Training Specialist at Peace Corps, Evans is a Peace Corps Volunteer and Margret a Community Health Officer.  Throughout the month of March, Peace Corps Volunteers are promoting Malaria prevention in Zambia.  We are calling it March Malaria Madness Month and various activities have been lined up to ensure that malaria prevention messages reach many people in our communities.   Malaria is a disease that takes valuable time away from farmers and affects the food security of rural Zambians.  If a person thinks they have malaria they should get tested and take their full dose of Coartem. Remember to sleep under your bed net every night, every season.
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World TB Day 2015: “Reach the 3 Million: Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”

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For nearly 10 years, the U.S. government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – more commonly known as CDC - has worked in partnership with the Government of Zambia to reduce the burden of TB, particularly among those infected with HIV.  Our partnership has carried out ground-breaking research and provided technical assistance and financial support through the broader PEPFAR program, resulting in many benefits over the years and adding to the global body of knowledge about the TB and HIV co-epidemics.  We had a chat with Dr. Abel Kabalo Nketani, the Provincial Medical Medical Officer for Eastern Province and Mr. Marshal Sikandangwa, the TB Focal Point Person for Eastern Province to find out more about TB efforts in Eastern province.
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How to Start Non-Governmental Organizations

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We had a chat with Zilla Milupi a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow to discuss how to setup a Non-Governmental Organization.  Zila talked about how to effectively run NGOs and how one can easily obtain information about the requirements of setting up an NGO.  Miss Milupi encouraged NGOs to look for methods of sustainability that will help them with the daily running of the office.  She also outlined the difference between standard enterprises and NGOs stating that, an NGO has a legal obligation to strictly operate within the framework of its constitution or promise to its beneficiaries and partners.  Zila has continually displayed a commitment to public service at the international, national and community levels. Through her work experience, she has served for a total of three years in leading national and international public service institutions such as the International Labor Organization, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Permanent Human Rights Commission of Zambia.  

The Importance of Preserving Women’s Traditional Teachings and Culture

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We sat down with Chola Lungu Mutoni to talk about the importance of preserving Zambian traditional teachings and culture.  What does she feel can be changed and what can be done to preserve Zambian languages.  Chola has served as Executive Assistant/Project Manager to three CEOs in an International Bank and a USAID funded NGO.  She is a model, fashion designer and Zambian culture awareness promoter.  She is the founder of Katuntulu Edutainments, which specializes in hosting interactive empowerment workshops for youth and women and serves as a platform to discuss health and Zambia culture/traditional teachings.  She has a certificate in Diplomatic Practice, Protocol, and Public Relations and has a bachelor’s of arts degree in Politics and Sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa.  Chola is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow who participated in the program at University of Texas, Austin.

Talking AGOA with Ambassador Bisa Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau for African Affairs

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During her visit to Zambia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Bisa Williams spoke with us about the U.S. Government’s most important trade initiative in sub-Saharan Africa: the African Growth and Opportunity Act.  Since its establishment in 2000, the AGOA initiative has tripled African exports to the United States.  Listen to Ambassador Williams’ interview on AGOA by 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow Chola Mutoni.
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Living positively

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One of our PEPFAR Champions—youth activist Nsofwa Petronella Sampa—attracted so much attention on our Facebook page that we decided to follow up her story with a podcast. Nsofwa, was born with HIV and her mother passed away from an AIDS-related cause. She didn't know that she had HIV until she was a teenager and was very upset that nobody had told her that she had this disease that she had always learned was associated with “being naughty.” She rebelled and stopped taking her ARVs. She got very sick, and as a result became blind and partially deaf. Instead of being resentful, she has dedicated her life to counseling others with HIV and disabilities.

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PEPFAR Small Grants Program accepting applications now.

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Learn all about how you can apply for a PEPFAR small grant.
PEPFAR Zambia has a small grants program which funds projects related to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) and HIV and AIDS Prevention. The PEPFAR Small Grants Program provides funds to local Zambian organizations working at the grass root level. This is a highly competitive initiative designed to assist communities with innovative projects that provide care and support to orphans, vulnerable children and their households, and to prevent the spread of HIV.
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Corruption

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Visiting Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall spoke today about corruption and how it affects society. She congratulated the Zambian people on a presidential election free of political violence.  Under Secretary Sewall stated that the start of a new administration is a time to assess the direction of the country and look for new opportunities to improve governance, economic growth, and the lives of the Zambian people.
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The 2015 Mandela Washington Program

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Are you looking for tips on how to write a successful 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship application?  Listen to our Public Affairs Officer, Janet Deutsch talk to one of our 2014 Mandela Washington Fellowship finalists, Zila Milupi as they discuss the application process, selection criteria and much more.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  More than 500 young leaders from Africa travelled to the United States in 2014 and 500 more will participate in 2015.  This year’s application cycle is open October 7-November 5.  For more information, or to apply for the Fellowship, go to: http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov

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Announcing the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

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Apply for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program starting on October 7!  Are you a dynamic leader aged 25-35?  Or know someone who is?  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  More than 500 young leaders from Africa travelled to the United States in 2014 and 500 more will participate in 2015.  This year’s application cycle is open October 7-November 5.  For more information, or to apply for the Fellowship, go to: http://youngafricanleaders.state.gov

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