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Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 10:00am

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. 

Following Chief Kaputa’s announcement, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) implementing partners, together with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, met with 187 chiefs and chieftainesses from across Zambia’s 10 provinces.  Over the course of a week, the traditional leaders received training in COVID-19 transmission and prevention measures.  With this deeper understanding and equipped with communication materials, they are now empowered to increase awareness in their respective chiefdoms.

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.
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 10:15am

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.

Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 10:15am

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.

Group photo of attendees to the Zambia Trade Information Portal Launch on February 19, 2020
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:45am

A key condition of Zambia’s World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO-TFA), the portal fulfills the government’s requirement to host up-to-date trade-related information—such as permits, forms, border procedures, current fees and charges, and exchange rates—for traders seeking to import to, or export from, Zambia.  The portal aims to expedite compliance of traders with regulatory requirements, while lowering their transaction costs, thereby improving their competitiveness. It will also assist the Zambian government to remain compliant with a key WTO membership obligation.

Students reading in class at Kasupe Primary School in Chipata during the official launch of the USAID Let's Read Program.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 4:00am

On November 12, 2019, the United States and Zambian governments officially launched the USAID Let’s Read project during a ceremony at Kasupe Primary School in Chipata. The U.S. government’s flagship education project in Zambia, Let’s Read is a five-year partnership with the Ministry of General Education (MoGE) designed to improve reading outcomes for approximately 1.4 million pre-primary to Grade 3 children from 4,250 public and community schools in five provinces.

The first cohort of 44 Youth Leaders graduated from the 6-month program on Monday, October 28, 2019. The Director of Planning and Information, Mr. Nelson Nyangu, spoke as the guest of honor on behalf of the Minister of Youth, Sport, and Child Development, Emmanuel Mulenga.
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 8:15am

The first group of 44 youth leaders have graduated from a six-month Youth Lead intern program supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Youth, Sport, and Child Development. Implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with the National Youth Development Council, the USAID Youth Lead program is providing leadership and civic engagement skills training for 350 young women and men from across Zambia.

 

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 5:30am

The U.S. government, in partnership with international agricultural development organization Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), announced the launch of a new five-year Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program in Zambia on September 19. The F2F program is a $12.25 million initiative by the U.S. government operating across six countries including Madagascar, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

USAID Zambia Director, Sheryl Stumbras; Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Morgan Malambo; and Seed Co. Limited Managing Director Grace Bwanali celebrate the first SADC seed shipment leaving Seed Co. Limited headquarters on September 9, 2019.
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 6:15am

Marking an historic milestone in agricultural trade and export, the U.S. government, in partnership with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the Zambian government formally commissioned today the first hybrid maize seed export from Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

USAID Zambia Director Sheryl Stumbras hands over the cold-storage seed facility to the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Morgan Malambo, on September 9. 2019.
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 5:45am

Marking an historic milestone in agricultural trade and export, the U.S. government, in partnership with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and the Zambian government formally commissioned today the first hybrid maize seed export, worth $400,000, from Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Minister Chilufya receives a set of car keys from Dr. Musumali after the handover of five 4x4 vehicles to assist the Ministry of Health’s expansion of maternal and child services across Zambia.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 5:30am

The U.S. government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID),  donated five 4x4 vehicles on August 28 to the Ministry of Health with the goal of supporting increased capacity of the ministry to provide maternal and child health services in Southern, Muchinga, Eastern, Northern, and Luapula provinces.

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Last updated: June 26, 2020

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