First Lady Christine Kaseba has told a global forum on social entrepreneurship in London that the Zambian government and civil society have devised partnerships that are delivering results in the provision of primary health-care to vulnerable communities.
Dr. Kaseba says the establishment 650 health posts and training of personnel will help increase access to quality primary healthcare.
And Dr Kaseba says government’s decision to take over the payment of salaries for health workers in church-run institutions has helped to expand healthcare to rural communities.
She said this when she Addressed the Skoll World Forum session called “The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor” at the Business School at Oxford University on Friday.
Dr Kaseba also said introduction of a pro-poor and sustainable social health insurance is helping to spread healthcare services to the poor in Zambia.
Meanwhile, the First Lady has invited 17 year old Pakistan activist Malala Yousafzai to visit Zambia to inspire girls about their rights.
The 17 year-old activist who is an outspoken advocate of education for girls became famous after she was shot in the head on her way from school by the Taleban in Pakistan.
She says her NGO, Ubtala Bwabumi’s partnerships with traditional leaders and communities in innovations such as screening for cervical cancer and interventions in early child marriages has created positive demand for health services.
Dr Kaseba has noted that rural communities are now holding members of parliament accountable.
She also says Zambia has in the past few years recorded major improvements in macro-economic performance, with consistent economic growth.
The First Lady was accompanied by Zambia High Commissioner to UK Paul Lumbi and Acting Deputy High Commissioner Amos Chanda.
This is according to a statement issued by Zambia’s acting Deputy High Commissioner to UK, Amos Chanda.