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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Good afternoon. On behalf of United States Embassy Chargé d'Affaires David Young, the U.S. Mission here in Zambia, our cooperating partners, and most importantly the American people, it is an honor to be here as we receive these life-saving vaccines. 

On behalf of the Biden Administration, I also want to express our gratitude to all the health care professionals and front line workers, who have worked tirelessly, often at great sacrifice, in the fight against COVID-19.

Last week, we were gathered here for the arrival of the first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVAX-supported vaccines.  Today, with this second shipment, the United States government has now supplied over 300,000 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine directly to Zambia. 

This is part of the United States’ commitment to share the U.S. vaccine supply with the world.  In the words of President Biden, “ the United States is committed to bringing the same urgency to international vaccination efforts that we have demonstrated at home”.  That is why the United States has pledged $4 billion to COVAX to accelerate equitable global access to vaccines.  

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Today, we commemorate World Malaria Day under this year’s theme, “Draw a Line for Malaria Free Zambia.”  Each year, World Malaria Day highlights global efforts to control malaria, acknowledging the progress we have made in prevention and treatment and emphasizing the work that remains in the fight against this deadly disease.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

I am delighted to be here today with the Ministry of General Education, Ministry of Higher Education, and the University of Zambia to launch the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Transforming Teacher Education activity. As a longtime partner in Zambia’s Primary Literacy Program, the U.S. government is pleased to announce this new phase of our partnership to support Zambia’s teacher training colleges and universities. The United States has been a steadfast supporter of Zambia’s Primary Literacy Program. Through USAID, we have worked together with the Government of the Republic of Zambia to deliver improved primary school literacy instruction and materials aligned with the national curriculum.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020

It is a great honor for me to be here with you at the signing of this memorandum of understanding for the Emerging Farmers Partnership project between USAID, Corteva Agriscience, John Deere, and Global Communities.  This MOU represents some of USAID’s most important values: economic resilience, private-sector engagement, and self-reliance.  

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Tuesday, December 15, 2020

I am delighted to be here today on behalf of the U.S. government to join the Ministry of General Education in distributing of more than two million books and five thousand tablets for the benefit of the students and teachers of Zambia.  These teaching and learning materials are yet another indication of the U.S. government’s continued partnership and commitment in support of Zambia’s Primary Literacy Program.  These teaching and learning materials will open minds, expand horizons, and introduce millions of primary school children across Zambia to new worlds and opportunities.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

On behalf of the US Agency for International Development, it is my pleasure to join you for this Safe Motherhood 360+ end-of-project event. I want to begin by acknowledging the team for their hard work and commitment over the past five years to ensure equitable access to quality healthcare for mothers and children in Zambia. Improving the health of women and children is a core priority for USAID, including a focus on reducing preventable maternal and perinatal illness and death. In partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia and other stakeholders, we support evidence-based, high-impact interventions that save lives and make them better, and contribute up to $13 million every year to support better health for women, newborns, and children.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development, it is my pleasure to join you for the Program for the Advancement of Malaria Outcomes (PAMO’s) end-of-project event. I want to begin by acknowledging the project team for their hard work and commitment over the past five years.  Preventing, controlling, and treating malaria is a priority under the U.S. government’s foreign assistance strategy.  In 2005, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was launched to reduce malaria-related mortality across Southern Africa.  Led by USAID, and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PMI scales up proven, cost-effective malaria prevention and treatment interventions.  Focus interventions include distribution of insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, prompt diagnosis and treatment, and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women.

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Monday, December 7, 2020

Good morning. On behalf of the U.S. government, I am honored to join you today to celebrate the launch of four new One-Stop Centers and the addition of critical gender-based violence (GBV) indicators to the national Health Management Information System (HMIS). These improvements increase access to vital post-GBV care and improve data collection and response to GBV cases. On November 25, we joined the Zambian government to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and kick off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Of the many events and commemorations that the U.S. government participates in each year, advocating for a safer, more just, and more equal world for women is among the most important.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Good morning. On behalf of the U.S. government, I am honored to join you to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to help launch the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Violence against girls and women continues to be one of the most widespread, persistent human rights violations in our world today. Whether it is intimate partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, trafficking, or child marriage, gender-based violence impacts the affected individual’s life in a myriad of ways and can limit them from reaching their full potential. Studies have shown that the current COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased violence against women in many countries around world, including countries in our region.

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Thursday, October 29, 2020

On behalf of the United States government, it is my great pleasure to join the Ministry of Health and other distinguished partners for today’s exciting “March Towards Finding 45,000 people with Tuberculosis ” Campaign launch. We all understand the immense challenges introduced by COVID-19 in Zambia, and across the globe and while we have experienced service disruptions due to this pandemic, we commend the Government of the Republic of Zambia for your leadership in ensuring the continuity of essential health services to preserve Zambian lives.

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Today, we are thankful to join Zambia’s Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and Rotary Club International to recognize Zambia’s work toward polio eradication. Most notably, Zambia successfully responded to the recent polio virus type 2 outbreaks in Luapula and Northwestern provinces. I would like to commend the dedication of health workers in these provinces to reach all children who needed the vaccine. The story of Evan Tulumba, a clinical officer with the Kakoma Rural Health Center in North Western Province’s Mwinilunga District, springs to mind as someone who embodies the spirit of Zambia’s health workers during the last polio outbreak response.

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