The British High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr. Fergus Cochrane – Dyet
has announced the decision by the United Kingdom to resume funding to
Zambia’s health sector.
High Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet stated that the decision has come in
the wake of the financial reforms that the Zambian government has put
“This resumption of systems follows the suspension of funds which we
communicated to the Ministry last year,” he said.
The High Commissioner said this at the Intercontinental Hotel, during
the Ministry of Health Annual Consultative Meeting in Lusaka on
High Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet stated that the traditional risks that
arose from giving funding directly to government had been a source of
concern to the British Government and possibly other Cooperating
Partners as well.
Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya stated that the Annual
Consultative Meeting with strategic partners was an opportunity for
the Ministry of Health and its strategic partners to jointly review
the performance of the sector, interrogate challenges facing the
sector and jointly agree on strategies to strengthen health systems
and ultimately improve service delivery across the continuum of care.
Dr Chilufya stated that the government placed high premium on ensuring
that the citizens are healthy and productive as this would spur
government to attain economic and social development as espoused in
the country’s 7th National Development Plan.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Henrik Cederin, the Swedish Ambassador
to Zambia and lead Cooperating Partner for Health, High Commissioners
and Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries, Senior Government Officials,
Country Representatives from the United Nations Agencies and
Representatives of international and local NGOs.