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Last updated: June 23, 2020

USAID DISCOVER Health’s Kelly Chanika (left) demonstrates proper handwashing techniques with Chief Kanyama (center) and Senior Chief Sailunga (right) in Mwinilunga district, North Western Province, during one of the COVID-19 sensitization training sessions with traditional leaders.
June 16, 2020

LUSAKA – On May 7, 2020, the Chairman of Zambia’s House of Chiefs, His Royal Highness Chief Kaputa, officially announced that Zambia’s Chiefdoms have committed to “working with the [Zambian] government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”  Through the U.S. Embassy’s Zambian Partners Against COVID-19 (ZPAC-19) initiative and with support from the USAID DISCOVER-Health and Stop Gender-Based-Violence projects, this launch marked the beginning of a partnership to equip traditional leaders with information and guidance that  their communities will receive on preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

A DREAMS Kozo seamstress in Lusaka sews a reusable face mask as part of their new initiative to provide affordable, quality masks to their communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
June 4, 2020

LUSAKA – In five provinces across 40 sites, 240 young Zambian women are using their sewing skills to make face masks in response to COVID-19.  These young women are members of the U.S. government’s Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Kozo Initiative.  Originally trained to sew reusable menstrual hygiene products, the Kozo girls began sewing cloth face masks within weeks of the government’s mandate to wear masks in public spaces in response to the growing demand from their communities.

June 2, 2020

Across the country, Zambians are taking steps to protect themselves and their communities from the threat of COVID-19.  From minimizing the number of trips they take to shops and increasing the frequency of hand washing to wearing cloth masks in public spaces, Zambians are shifting their behavior in response to the new global reality. 

Yet for some, taking steps to protect themselves presents challenges. In the case of cloth masks, there is the cost to consider, and some can’t afford to buy them. So to help their community stay safe, the young women who are part of the Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS free, Mentored, and Safe (DREAMS) Kozo Initiative have decided to take action. 

April 25, 2020

LUSAKA – The United States joins the Zambian government and the global community in commemorating World Malaria Day 2020.  The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lead the U.S. government’s malaria response initiatives in Zambia.

March 4, 2020

When Camira was young, she lost both of her parents to an unknown illness and was sent to live with her uncle and aunt. Over the years, her childhood was characterized by ill-health and a disrupted education. In 2016, at the age of 16, Camira met a Mentor from the PEPFAR Determined, Resilient, Empowered, Aids-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) program. She was encouraged to join a DREAMS “Safe Space” and, under the guidance of a trained Mentor, Camira completed a 13 week curriculum of classes wh covered topics such as communication in relationships, HIV prevention, family planning, and financial literacy. 

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