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GENEVA (AFP) — The death rate from malaria has fallen by 66 percent since the year 2000 in Zambia, where treatment has made the country a role model for Africans, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

 

“Zambia’s efforts will be promoted as models for other countries to follow on the occasion of World Malaria Day, on 25 April,” the UN agency said, stating that the distribution of 3.6 million long-lasting insecticidal nets in recent years had helped to fight the disease.

 

From 2006 to 2008, “malaria deaths declined 47 percent and nationwide surveys showed parasite prevalence declined 53 percent from 21.8 percent to 10.2 percent and the percentage of children with severe anemia declined 68 percent from 13.3 percent to 4.3 percent,” a WHO statement said.

 

In 2008, malaria claimed 2,157 lives, less than half the total of 4,765 registered by the WHO in Zambia in 2004.

 

“This is a remarkable achievement and a tribute to the hard work and commitment of the Ministry of Health of Zambia and its partners to combat malaria” said Dr Luis Gomes Sambo, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

 

Notable among those partners is the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which from 2003 helped to distribute nets to kill insects and to launch artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), including a anti-malarial drug, in seven pilot districts.

 

The WHO has recommended that a change to ACT treatment should be made wherever the malaria parasite has developed resistance to the formerly used drug chloroquine.

 

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The Best of Zambia Newsletter
Issue 6 Apr09

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The Zambia International Travel Show 09*
is only a few days away!
The best of Zambia is exhibiting at the Show  and we look forward to meeting you there.
Julia Brown, Editor
*at Mulungushi Conference Centre, Lusaka

 

Lower Zambezi – honeymoon choice for Travel Africa editor

When Travel Africa’s editor, Lonely Planet author and intrepid traveller Matt Phillips, and his wife-to-be were choosing their honeymoon location, I guess it had to be Africa. But where? Not surprisingly Matt had been to quite a few, if not all, of the great destinations in Africa. They settled for the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia! And Matt voted it his all-time favourite safari destination! Why? Because in the Lower Zambezi you have “the ability to enjoy one of Africa’s most beautiful natural environments in so many different ways”.matt-phillips002-thumb
“…with several hippos lit by the full moon, grazing a few yards below, and the rumble of lions in the distance, romance went out the window, replaced by muted gasps of every order….”

The Phillips stayed at Chongwe River House, Chongwe River Camp and Royal Zambezi Lodge. They flew from Lusaka to the Lower Zambezi with Proflight Zambia.
To read Matt’s honeymoon article ‘A river runs through it’, subscribe to Travel Africa. Packed full of reviews, reports and great adverts, the latest Spring ‘09 Travel Africa also includes an article by Kate Humble on appropriate giving as you travel (we did a blog on her initiative last year).

 
Living with the Global Downturn

It is often said when a hurricane sweeps through a forest it knocks down a lot of the older, weaker trees. The younger ones survive and prosper. The micro level might just be the key….
Even if President Obama’s trillion $ economic stimulus were to work miracles, the benefits would take at least 12-18 months to trickle down to countries like Zambia. Citigroup has been warning that copper prices, which have gained over 36% over the past 2 months, are soon likely to lose steam. Against that high level of uncertainty in the future of the global economic dynamics, I think it is crucial to start preaching radical adjustments to peoples’ lifestyles. Africa may not have been party to the ignition of this problem, …. but it is engulfed in it.
From an article by Chiwoyu Sinyangwe writing in The Post, courtesy of the Zambian Economist

 

Africa’s Largest Copper Mine now operational

rbcommissioning-lumwanaLumwana Copper Mine in Solwezi, in Northwestern Province of Zambia, the largest open pit copper mine in Africa, went into operation on 17 April 2009.

Commissioning the copper mine, President Rupiah Banda said “We are proud and feel indebted that during the twelve years of the project development, [Equinox Minerals] sacrificed to pump in one billion US dollars which includes the development of modern Lumwana town. This shows the trust you have in our mining industry regardless of the ups and downs,” he said.

The Lumwana Mine is expected to produce 140,000 tons of copper concentrates every year.

From a post in the Zambian Chronicle blog
HOT NEWS: FIFA World Cup 2010
fwclogoThe random selection draw for the first phase of ticket sales for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ took place last week. Over 500,000 tickets were drawn successfully. The most popular team was England and not surprisingly the most heavily oversubscribed match was the final – by a factor of 3,000 per cent.

“We will continue to encourage other South Africans as well as fellow Africans to apply for their tickets during the second phase so as not to miss out on this once in a lifetime experience,” emphasised Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.

The Best of Zambia online directory will shortly be featuring special World Cup news and tourist offers in Zambia. See our latest World Cup blog post.
FEATURE:
And now.. 
..the good news

We welcome 3 relatively new online initiatives that seek to promote Africa and its people in a more balanced way than we’ve seen in the past…

sadAfrica Good News – intended to offer a fresh perspective on Africa, to highlight stories of progress and positive developments in the continent, without ignoring her challenges. “Africa is not one country, and for every failed state that grabs the news headlines, there are countless success stories waiting to be told.”

See Africa Differently – an acknowledgement by UK’s Comic Relief that there is and has been a less than balanced representation of the beautiful continent and its people. In their own words “In these times of economic gloom and doom, let’s celebrate the good news for once! Isn’t it time we started to See Africa Differently?”

‘The Africa They Never Show You!’ group on Facebook. “You’ve seen the images on tv about africa: the huts, the famine, disease, wars and suffering but they never show you that Africa is beautiful, has happy people and that not every part and person in Africa is poor…..PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN THIS GROUP AND LET THEM TELL THEIR FRIENDS!!!” It currently has nearly 135,000 members.

 
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