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Author: Eric Liswaniso, Programs Manager – MPZ

When we launched Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia (PMFZ) in March of 2021, one of our objectives was to establish a Rotary Club in at least one of the districts we would be serving. Today, we are thrilled to announce the charter of the Rotary Club of Mpika on 15th June, 2024.

This milestone is particularly significant as it coincides with the closing of the PMFZ project on June 30, 2024, and its transition to the Rotary Healthy Communities Challenge. The timing couldn’t be more perfect as the establishment of the Rotary Club of Mpika gives us hope that our initiatives in Mpika and surrounding districts will be sustained under its stewardship.

The journey to this moment has been anchored on the collective effort and dedication of the residents of Mpika, members of the Rotary Club of Kasama, Past Assistant Governor Martha Lungu, and myself. Special mention is due to our selfless District 9210 Governor Gabriel Chipara who has been a constant source of guidance and support to the steering team from very beginning. In fact, DG Gabs, as we fondly call him travelled all the way from Harare, Zimbabwe to Mpika in the northern region of Zambia early this year to encourage the then prospective members of RC Mpika. His support and encouragement have been a driving force behind this achievement.

DG Gabs also made the long trek up north to officiate at the Charter Night of RC Mpika. The PMFZ project through Malaria Partners Zambia supported the orientation training of all prospective members, ensuring they are well-prepared to uphold the values and mission of Rotary.

Throughout the life of the PMFZ project, Rotary volunteers have been at the heart of our advocacy, mentorship, and technical support efforts. Their contributions have been invaluable in driving forward our mission to combat malaria and improve health outcomes in the region. To us, the charter of the Rotary Club of Mpika is timely and significant for the sustainability of our work in Muchinga province.

Having laid the foundation for a healthier, malaria-free future, we will continue to support and nurture the new Rotary Club, ensuring that the seeds we have planted grow into a robust and vibrant force for good in Mpika and beyond.

Lastly, we wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our funders Rotary, World Vision and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, our partners, Rotarians and Rotaractors, and community members who have made this achievement possible. Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to a malaria-free Zambia.

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