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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Zambia

07 Jul 2020

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A health worker affixes posters from the Ministry of Health at Mtendere Market in Lusaka, Zambia. Credit: WaterAid

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 7 July 2020

Zambia: COVID-19 response

In Zambia, the United Nations, along with its partners and in collaboration with national authorities, is responding to COVID-19 and its impacts. Nearly 1,900 cases, with 42 deaths, have been confirmed as of today.

With UN support, 166 health-care facilities and isolation centres benefited from rehabilitation of water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure and provision of supplies including chlorine, handwashing stations and medical waste bins. Ten ventilators were procured, with five of them arriving in the country during the first week of June.  

With its partners, the UN has distributed hygiene supplies to 733 schools and has been supporting the production and airing of child-friendly radio messages on COVID-19 in local languages.

More than 750,000 people have been reached with messages on safe hygiene practices and more than 107,000 people have been reached with information on gender-based violence services and COVID-19 prevention through community radio across the country.

Door-to-door sensitization campaigns have reached 400,000 people in the capital, Lusaka, and 300 megaphones have been distributed to support awareness activity in the hotspot districts, including border towns.

Starting this month, the UN will provide food security cash transfers to approximately 656,000 vulnerable and food-insecure people in the most-affected areas during the next six months.