The United States government yesterday donated three motor vehicles to Southern Province Medical Office in Choma.
The donation which was done by US Ambassador to Zambia, Eric Schultz was in line with the support from the US government’s President’s Emergency Plan for AID Relief (PEPFAR).
PEPFAR is supporting the Saving Mothers Giving Life initiative program in an effort to further reduce maternal mortality rates.
This is contained in a press release issued to ZANIS in Livingstone today by Public Affairs Specialist at the Embassy of the United States of America in Lusaka, Mathews Mumbi.
Mr. Mumbi said the USA government has collaborated with the government of the Republic of Zambia on the Saving Mothers, Giving Life program in Kalomo, Lundazi, Mansa and Nyimba districts since 2012.
He said in these districts, the program has already reduced facility-based maternal mortality by 35 percent adding that the United States has pledged support to extend the program to Choma, Pemba and Zimba districts.
In collaboration with Saving Mothers, Giving Life program, the Zambian government through the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health and the Ministry of Health are taking leadership role in helping Zambia achieve its Roadmap to addressing maternal mortality.
Saving Mothers, Giving Life program is a public-private partnership between the Zambian government, the US government, the Norwegian government and the Swedish government.
Other partners include Merck for Mothers, Every Mother Counts, Project Cure and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.