Zambia: Africa CDC Deploys 500 Community-Based Volunteers to Support Cholera Response in Zambia

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Lusaka — Africa CDC, in partnership with the Ministry of Health Zambia, announces the deployment of 500 community-based volunteers (CBVs) across Matero and Kanyama sub-districts in Lusaka, Zambia. This strategic support to the Republic of Zambia aims to bridge gaps in the cholera response efforts and healthcare services, particularly in the cholera hotspot areas, and foster a proactive community-focused approach to public health.

The CBVs who are deployed for three (3) months, are trusted members of their communities and will serve as a vital link between community members and healthcare providers, offering support in health education, hygiene and health promotion, community mobilisation, psychosocial support, including stigma prevention, as well as dis/misinformation management at the community level.

Speaking on behalf of the Africa CDC Director General Dr Jean Kaseya, Dr Lul Riek mentioned that the call for community health workers is in line with the Africa Union Heads of State and Government decision to expedite recruitment, training and deployment of 2 million Community Health Workers (CHWs) across the continent. “This is also consistent with the Africa CDC New Public Health Order that calls for a strong health workforce development and robust network of community healthcare workers,” he said.

This deployment marks a pivotal step in Africa CDC’s commitment to promoting health equity and empowering communities to take charge of their health. Through personalised interactions at the community level, CBVs will connect individuals with healthcare services, breaking down barriers to access and information and ensuring that community members receive timely care and treatment. CBVs will be disseminating information on cholera preventive measures and good hygiene practices, thereby empowering community members to participate actively in the fight against cholera.