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CDC programs in Zambia
Map of Zambia

CDC’s Zambia office was launched in December 2000 and has worked with the government to support the national strategy to combat HIV/AIDS. CDC focuses on helping international and local organizations build the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MOH) to ensure sustainability. CDC staff members are substantially involved with national program efforts in malaria, pandemic flu, tuberculosis (TB), blood safety, maternal health, health worker training, lab capacity, surveillance, operational research, and HIV prevention, care, and treatment.

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CDC office (physical presence)
12 U.S. Assignees
34 Locally Employed
4 Fellows/Contractors

iconZambia at a Glance

Population: 13,711,000
Per capita income: $1,280
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 49/49 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 84/1000 live births
Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

iconTop 10 Causes of Death

Source: GBD Compare 2010
  1. HIV/AIDS 20%
  2. Malaria 12%
  3. Lower Respiratory Infections 7%
  4. Protein-Energy Malnutrition 5%
  5. Stroke 4%
  6. Diarrheal Diseases 4%
  7. Meningitis 4%
  8. Ischemic Heart Disease 3%
  9. Syphilis 2%
  10. Road Injuries 2%

What CDC Is Doing

  • In FY 2012 alone, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral drugs to 30,250 HIV-positive pregnant women to prevent transmission to their infants.
  • As of September 2012, CDC directly supported the provision of antiretroviral treatment to 275,966 men, women, and children.
  • Zambia developed a national action plan for preparedness and response to influenza threats.
  • From 2006 to 2010, the percentage of pregnant women who received two doses of IPTp during pregnancy increased from 59 to 70%, in 2010, 73% of households were covered by at least one ITN or had IRS in the last 6 months, from 2006 to 2010, the percentage of children ages 0-59 months with parasitemia decreased from 22 to 16%.
  • 30 participants representing nine Zambia Ministry of Health provinces, Department of Defense and the Guinea Bissau Ministry of Health completed Management for Public Health training program coursework.
  • Page last reviewed: August 13, 2014
  • Page last updated: August 13, 2014
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