UNDP gives Zambia six grants against malaria

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  Country Director Viola Morgan says he is happy that global fund supported programmes were performing well in Zambia.


Ms. Morgan says  it for this reason that mosquito nets worth U$S4.8 million would be distributed in Zambia between June and October, this year to prevent malaria incidences,  reduced  maternal and child mortality rate.


ZANIS reports that  the UNPN country Director said this in Lusaka today when she handed-over six Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles and one 4 x 4 Toyota Hilux to the Ministry of Health (MoH) valued at U$S290,000.


It was at the same occasion that saw the UN body award six grants through the global funds totalling U$S389 million towards the  support of the  national HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria programes in Zambia.


The vehicles would be channelled towards supporting the implementation of voluntary and medical male circumcision the blood transfusion program and project management unit for co-ordinating HIV/AIDS,TB and malaria programs.


The UNDP Country Chief disclosed that Zambia is highly rated in mainstreaming the health sector.


She appealed to the Zambian government to consider applying for new funding model to strategically respond to the financial gaps the sector is faced with.


And receiving the donation, Health Permanent Secretary (PS) Davy Chikamata has commended the UNDP for the gesture.


Dr. Chikamata assured that the vehicles would not be abused but work for the intended purposes of scaling up  HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria programes in the country.


The PS said the donation is timely adding that this was not the first Zambia had benefited from the UNDP as the friendship backs in 2002 and including the Medical stores Limited as a sub-recipient.