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Zambia suffers from a combination of key threats in child health, nutrition, HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection. The country has high levels of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, a large number of orphans and vulnerable children, unacceptable infant and maternal mortality rates, and an average fertility rate of 5.9 per woman. Zambia has a high neonatal, infant and childhood mortality as well as high maternal mortality rates. The major causes of child mortality are malaria, respiratory infections, diarrhea, malnutrition, and anemia. The under-5 mortality rate of 87 per 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate is 280 per 100,000 live births.

The TRAction project is currently working to improve Health Service Delivery in Zambia by implementing task sharing as a means of increasing access to caesarian sections. It is also evaluating the quality and safety of Integrated Community Case Management performed by community health workers to address malaria and pneumonia concerns.

Source: World Health Organization and UNICEF


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