Partners For A Malaria-Free Zambia Update
By Eric Liswaniso, Program Manager, Malaria Partners Zambia
The primary goal of the Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia project is to train and equip of 2,500 Community Health Workers (CHWs) in ten districts of Muchinga and Central provinces to render primary health care to over 1. 2 million Zambians.
The project is happy to announce that, for Muchinga, the effort to train 825 CHWs in four districts which started in April 2021 has now been completed with the trained volunteers expected to impact the lives of more than 412,500 people in the province.
The achievement of this milestone is expected to significantly reduce the suffering of the people of Lavushimanda, Kanchibiya, Mpika, and Shiwang’andu who hitherto have had to travel long distances to access healthcare. With the full deployment of CHWs therefore comes relief which will also reduce malaria incidence and deaths in the areas.
The project is profoundly grateful to all the Rotarians who have volunteered for very long hours to deliver this milestone. These selfless people have been present during every training and field activity, providing technical support, mentorship and encouragement to our volunteers.
The implementation of activities in Muchinga has been carried out by Malaria Partners Zambia under the leadership of its Executive Director Martha Lungu, a Past Assistant Governor of District 9210 and Paul Harris fellow.
About the Author
Eric Liswaniso – Programs Manager, Malaria Partners Zambia
Eric is a trained Information Scientist, Economist, and Business Development Specialist turned Public Health Specialist. He considers his work a calling and says he is most fortunate of all to be in a position where his work contributes to saving lives. After 10 years of dedicated service to his country in the public sector, Eric decided to follow his lifelong dream of doing humanitarian work and he has not looked back since. A Rotarian with dual membership with the Rotary Club of Ndola and the Rotaract Club of Lusaka, Eric is now leading the charge for greater involvement of Rotarians everywhere in the fight to eliminate malaria. Through volunteer engagement, Eric is inspiring Rotarians and Rotaractors across the country and beyond to think-malaria and his work is beginning to yield tangible results. Outside rotary, Eric and his wife, Tania are raising their two-year-old daughter Xaria. They are both public health enthusiasts.
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