Zambia’s annual National Health Week showcases the health interventions and services prioritized by Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners. ‘Promoting wellness for All’ was this year’s theme. The President of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Changwa Lungu, flagged off the event, flanked by the Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, the Lusaka Provincial Minister, Mr. Bowman Lusambo, and the Lusaka Mayor, Mr. Miles Sampa. President Lungu visited the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC) tent where he was tested for malaria by a community health worker from Chipata clinic, posed for pictures in the Malaria Ends With Me photo frame, and booted the ‘kick out malaria’ football. NMEC Director Dr. Mutinta Mudenda personally showed the President and his entourage the exhibited malaria interventions.
World Malaria Day commemorations took off on the Copperbelt in Zambia on April 26 at St. Mary’s Rural Health Centre in Lufwanyama.
The Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, served as guest of honor. Zambia’s national slogan “Malaria Ends With Me” served as the theme for the event. According to the most recent Malaria Indicator Survey, Lufwanyama District has seen a resurgence in malaria cases since 2015. This was a major reason for the area being chosen for the commemoration.
Several activities took place in the area prior to the commemoration. Dr. Chilufya and the MoH team were able to visit a nearby health center to talk with staff and community health workers. Multiple community meetings took place to introduce community health workers to the communities they serve. Several walls were also branded with the Malaria Ends With Me Slogan with help from Plascon paint company. Check out some highlights below!
It’s time to lace up your trainers! The Lusaka Lafarge Marathon this year is helping Zambia accelerate to eliminate malaria. Partnering with the National Malaria Programme and PATH, Lafarge has announced the theme for this year’s race: “Malaria Ends With Me: Beat the Buzz”.
Zambia joined other countries worldwide in commemorating this year’s World Malaria Day (WMD) on 25th April, 2018, under the theme "Ready to Beat Malaria", and Zambia's accompaining slogan, "Malaria Ends with Me". Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partners united their advocacy efforts in commemorating this event.