CDC in Zambia

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established an office in Zambia in 2000. CDC works with the Ministry of Health and provincial health offices to address HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases. CDC funds and assists international and local organizations that help build the capacity of the Ministry of Health and to provide health services at the national and community level. CDC also supports national program efforts in workforce development and health systems strengthening.

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What CDC is Doing in Zambia

CDC Impact in Zambia

Prevented 98% of HIV exposed infants from getting HIV through scale up of the prevention of mother-to-child transmission in 884 Zambia public health facilities in 2018.

Performed more than 173,000 voluntary medical male circumcisions in 2018.

More than 320,00 of the over 893,000 PEPFAR supported HIV-infected people received antiretrovieral therapy (ART) under CDC-funded programs.

Lusaka Province reached the first two goals of the UNAIDS target 90/90/90 to eliminate HIV.

42 epidemiologists have graduated from the Zambia Field Epidemiology Training Program since December 2018.

CDC Staff in Zambia
  • 15 U.S. Assignees
  • 56 Locally Employed
Zambia at a Glance
  • Population: 17,094,130 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $3,920
  • Life expectancy at birth:  F 64 /M 59 yrs
  • Infant mortality rate: 49/1,000 live births

Sources: World Bank 2018, Zambia
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Zambia


Zambia Top 10 Causes of Death
  2. Neonatal disorders
  3. Lower respiratory infections
  4. Tuberculosis
  5. Diarrheal diseases
  6. lschemic heart disease
  7. Malaria
  8. Stroke
  9. Congenital defects
  10. Cirrhosis

Source: GBD Compare 2018, Zambia

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Page last reviewed: June 17, 2019
Content source: Global Health