New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa

New Zealand Supports Maternal Child Health Programme in Zambia Under Millennium Development Goal No. 5

A SMAG member shares information with expectant mothers at a health facility in Zambia

The New Zealand Aid Programme, Nga Hoe Tuputupu-mai-tawhiti is supporting a Maternal and Child Health Programme in Zambia implemented by Africare in four districts: Lundazi in Eastern Province, Mpika and Kasama in Northern Province and Samfya in Luapala Province.  The New Zealand Aid Programme Manager, based in Pretoria, visits the project quarterly.

The programme received recognition from the Zambian Health Ministry for working in a transparent manner with the Programme's stakeholders. Mr Chibembe, the Samfya District Commissioner, noted that the programme was making a real difference in the northern districts of Zambia. Maternal and child mortality rates were decreasing in areas where Africare works with Safe Motherhood Action Groups (SMAGs).  These are community members who promote safe motherhood messages that include accessing antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, refraining from the use of dangerous herbs to induce pregnancy, discouraging early marriages, promoting fistula repair and encouraging mothers to deliver in health centres.

Zambia Minstry of Health officials have conveyed their Ministry's sincere appreciation of New Zealand's efforts to share information about the development programmes being supported in Zambia, even though New Zealand is not on the ground in Lusaka. 

The New Zealand High Commission in South Africa, which is accredited to Zambia, wishes the Africare Team the very best as they continue to deliver on the Maternal and Child Health Programme.  Additional information can be found on the Africare website.

Please visit the New Zealand Aid Programme for more information on the New Zealand Government's aid and development cooperation programme.

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