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Roll Back Malaria Progress & Impact Series

Focus on Zambia

Focus on Zambia
Photo © David Lwenje,
Zambia National Malaria Control Centre

Through the National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC), Zambia has built up a strong disease-control programme, with well-defined goals and organizational plans.

Sound policies and good planning have attracted both partners and growing resources. Between 2003 and 2010, nearly US$ 200 million in external funding was allocated to scale up the malaria control programme.

These funds, as well as a growing contribution from the Government of Zambia, were used to roll out appropriate preventive and curative services:

Careful roll-out of interventions was quickly followed by good coverage results:

These coverage results, in turn, allowed health staff to achieve impact, reduce disease burden and save lives:

These data show that malaria control is working and can generate major health gains. However, reductions in funding from 2008 to 2010 have been associated with decreases in intervention coverage in three provinces. This rapidly led to rebounds in parasitaemia and severe anaemia, highlighting the necessity of maintaining human and financial resources to sustain the gains.

Zambia is now aiming at achieving and sustaining high national coverage rates for malaria control interventions. By anticipating the next steps in sustained control and maintaining a focused and organized approach, accompanied by adequate human and financial resources, final malaria control success could be within reach.

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