Fact Sheets

In Zambia, it is estimated that there are approximately 1.3 million orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) who are infected with, or affected by, HIV.  The USAID Zambia Family (ZAMFAM) project provides holistic, needs-based services to vulnerable children, adolescents, and their caregivers. Focusing their work in areas hardest hit by HIV/AIDS, ZAMFAM mitigates social, emotional and economic impacts of the epidemic by reducing risk and vulnerability and increasing resilience. In select districts, ZAMFAM also serves as an implementing partner under the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS- Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) project.

Through AGIS, USAID is promoting strong and sustainable oversight of public resources to advance better health and education outcomes. With a rich democratic history, Zambia is well-placed to build citizen-responsive systems of governance that advance the nation’s development priorities and reduce donor dependency. Through AGIS, USAID also works with Zambian citizens and government to combat corruption, strengthen government systems, protect human rights, and promote productive civic engagement.

The Open Doors project is focused on increasing access to, and use of, comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment services for key populations in Zambia. Globally, key populations are defined as a group who, due to specific higher-risk behaviors, are at increased risk of HIV infection. This includes female sex workers, men who have sex with men, injection-drug users, and transgender individuals.  As a direct result of their lifestyle, key populations are frequently stigmatized and criminalized, which limits their access to HIV and other health services. Across Open Doors project sites, it is estimated that there are approximately 57,268 members of these key populations alone. 

Breakthrough ACTION is a social and behavior change (SBC) project working to increase the adoption and maintenance of healthy behaviors among Zambian individuals, families, and communities. Breakthrough contributes to the broader goal of improved health and development outcomes, with a focus on behaviors related to HIV, maternal and child health, family planning, malaria, and nutrition.  In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health’s Directorate of Health Promotion, Environment, and Social Determinants, Breakthrough strengthens SBC capacity at both the national and the district level.

The political system in Zambia has real potential to hold those who wield power to account, and to promote citizen responsive governance.  USAID’S Political Participation and Leadership activity works with national democratic champions to promote an inclusive, productive political system that can advance and sustain the long-term prosperity and stability of Zambia. 

This USFS PAPA supports the Government of Zambia (GRZ) and implementing partners with technical assistance and capacity building in climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, forestry, and natural resource management in Zambia. The USFS embeds advisors within the GRZ Forestry Department (FD) and the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) to build capacity in climate change mitigation, greenhouse gas inventory systems, and sustainable forest management.

Central Asia has the potential to re-establish a commercially viable, market-based power system. A Central Asia Regional Electricity Market, or CAREM, will assure the region’s long-term energy security and economic growth and also serve as a platform for an expanded Central Asia-South Asia regional power market.

The political system in Zambia has real potential to hold those in leadership to account, and to promote citizen responsive governance. USAID’s Youth Lead activity aims to support, network, and elevate outstanding young leaders to amplify the impact of their work, inspire civic innovation, and promote a culture of sustained citizen-responsive leadership.

USAID partners with communities, hospitals, and ministries in all Central Asian countries to improve TB diagnosis and treatment and to adopt cutting-edge methods and technologies to stop the spread of tuberculosis. USAID also supports innovative approaches to address TB among migrants and other at-risk populations and has worked with the governments of all Central Asian countries to develop effective and comprehensive treatment plans for people with TB in the region.

Scaling Up Nutrition - Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) is a four-year project providing survey, research, evaluation, and data-dissemination services to the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), USAID, and other cooperating partners to improve health and nutrition outcomes for Zambians. In late 2010, the Zambian Government became one of the first countries in the world to join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement – a global initiative uniting citizens, civil society, businesses, and governments in a worldwide exercise to end under-nutrition and child stunting.  SUN Zambia aims to improve child nutrition status by emphasizing a decrease in Zambia’s critically high rates of under-five stunting, currently at 40 percent. 

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Last updated: August 15, 2020

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