Timely Response and Containment of 2016 Cholera Outbreak in Northern Zambia

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Background:  The Northern Province of Zambia has recorded outbreaks of Cholera in Nsumbu area over the years including the year 2008 and 2012. Recently, an outbreak of cholera was reported in Northern Province between March and April 2016. This study aims to document the appropriateness of the response to the cholera outbreak to guide outbreak preparedness and timely response in the future.

Increased Sensitization of Health Workers Leading to Detection of Unintended Cases of Acute Flaccid Paralysis: A Case of a “Konzo” Outbreak in Western Zambia

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Background: The threat of high profile diseases causing outbreaks has drawn attention to public health surveillance systems, much needed for the timely detection of outbreaks. A disease characterized by weakness of the lower limbs in Luatembo rural health facility was reported to the province in 2013. Through the Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance (AFP) program the Western Province in Zambia recorded an increase in the numbers of people affected with spastic paraparesis.

Progress of WHO Zambia towards the WHO Reforms through Transformation Agenda

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Background: WHO is going through reforms which started in 2011. The Reform process intensified when the WHO was put to the test during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014. Weaknesses observed raised widely expressed concern about the response of the WHO in emergencies. Dwindling financial resources and multiple partners interested in its mandate also largely contributed to WHO reforms. WHO African Region introduced the Transformation Agenda programme in 2015 designed to accelerate implementation of WHO reforms within Africa.