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Promoting health through the life course

Zambia's poorest farmers risk becoming "squatters on their own land" – UN expert

Zambia’s smallholder farmers could be made squatters on their own land as the country opens up to farming multinationals in an effort to boost its economy, a UN expert said. Hilal Elever, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, said Zambia’s ambition to develop its commercial farming sector to become Southern Africa’s food basket risks worsening extreme rural poverty as farmers may face eviction to make way. Such plans need to place the social and economic impact on people at the centre and not just focus on short term profitability and economic growth 

May 12, 2017
Reuters

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and partners plan new approach to detect and r...

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in collaboration with WHO met with partners in May to plan a new approach to detect and respond to disease outbreaks in Africa. The new approach, called ‘event-based surveillance,’ involves using open source information, such as social media posts, to detect events that might pose a risk to public health. Africa CDC will partner with the World Health Organisation and others to strengthen event-based surveillance in the 18 countries that have already begun using this approach and will work to introduce it in the remaining 37 African countries

June 20, 2017
ReliefWeb

Chienge cholera combated

The Zambian ministry of health declared Chienge district in Luapula Province cholera free after containing the disease which broke out in February of this year. The district has not recorded any cholera cases in the last month and the figure still stands at 82 cases

June 10, 2017
Zambia Daily Mail

Outbreak of Typhoid in Kalingalinga due to poor hygiene – LWSC

The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company claims that following the recent outbreak of typhoid in some parts of Kalingalinga Compound, which serves 40% of the water to Lusaka City, its investigations into the matter have revealed that the outbreak of the disease is due to the poor hygiene practices and the general environmental conditions of the areas and not the quality of water being supplied. The Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company says it is concerned with the situation in the area and has since started distributing chlorine at all water kiosks and communal taps as well as affected properties. The residents are up in arms against this claiming the fault lies not with them but on the government side

June 10, 2017
QFM, UKZambians

Cholera breaks out in northern Zambia, 70 hospitalized

Cholera has broken out in two districts of northern Zambia, Chiengi and Mpulungu, although no deaths have been recorded so far. In the Chiengi district the number of cholera cases stands at 54, with 16 in Mpulungu

March 21, 2017
Asia Pacific Daily
March 22, 2017
HT Syndication, Africa News, AllAfrica.com

Typhoid outbreaks out in Solwezi

Three people have died from a typhoid fever outbreak in Solwezi and Mushindamo districts in Zambia. This is out of 13 suspected cases recorded since February 27th of which 11 were from Mushindamo and two from Solwezi 

March 10, 2017
Independent Observer

Health systems

Zambia fears health programs will suffer under Donald Trump's proposal to cut foreign aid

Critical programs across Africa will be impacted  by significant foreign aid cuts proposed by the Trump administration, Zambia warned. A White House blueprint calling for a 28% cut in State Department funding, means drastic reductions in funding to UN agencies with knock on effects around the world; the country’s vice president said a range of health programs involving maternal health, HIV/AIDS and malaria eradication could well be impacted

March 28, 2017
abc.net.au