The Ministry of Health through the Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) has engaged the World Bank to support strengthening Zambia’s Public Health Security, through the construction of a state-of-the-art Biosafety level 3 laboratory for detection and characterisation of diseases.
The proposed project will also support Zambia’s disease surveillance system, epidemic preparedness and response functions, information and data management and human resource capacity development.
Zambia is host for the Africa Centers for Disease control and Prevention (Africa CDC) southern Africa Regional Collaborating Center (RCC), which coordinates public health in 10 regional member states of the African Union.
By developing these assets and systems in Zambia, the proposed World Bank supported project will also enhance public health security across the entire region.
A World Bank Mission has been in Zambia from 3rd Dec 2018 for a pre-appraisal assessment of Zambia’s readiness for the project.
On 13th Dec 2018, the Mission debriefed the Hon Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya on its positive assessment and recommendations for moving the proposed project forward.
In the Pictures, the World Bank Mission, MoH Permanent Secretary Dr. Kennedy Malama in charge of Administration and other directors during the Courtesy at Dr. Chilufya’s office.
Information and pictures provided by MoH Head-Media Relations Mr. Stanslous Ngosa