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Health Systems Strengthening Interventions to Improve Zambian Health Outcomes

Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) member Edson Zulu
Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) member Edson Zulu with new mothers he referred to the Chikomeni Rural Health Center in the rural district of Lundazi, Zambia. Photo credit: USAID

USAID has awarded Abt Global the Systems for Better Health Program in Zambia (SBH), a five-year project to increase the quality, availability, and use of priority health services in Zambia.
SBH, valued at $54 million, will build on Abt Global’s 17 years of successful health systems strengthening work in Zambia, and is a direct follow-on project to the Zambia Integrated Systems Strengthening Program, which ended in December 2014.
“Abt is committed to continuing our work at the national, provincial, district and community levels,” said Mark McEuen, Vice President and Deputy Division Manager for Abt’s International Health Division. “We have a deep understanding of the Zambian health system and have served as a trusted technical assistance partner to the Ministry of Health. This, along with Abt’s global expertise in health systems strengthening, provides us with insights on, and potential solutions for, the country’s health challenges.”
In keeping with the Zambia’s National Health Strategic Plan and the US Government’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy, Abt will support Zambia’s Ministry of Health to provide equitable access to cost effective, high quality family planning, HIV and AIDS, maternal, newborn and child health, and nutrition services. The SBH project goal of improving health outcomes for Zambians will be achieved by strengthening the systems underpinning the delivery of high quality health services and increasing the utilization of these services at district and community levels.
SBH will be implemented in partnership with Save the Children, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, Akros Inc., Imperial Health Sciences, Initiatives, Inc. and the BroadReach Institute for Training and Education.
Read more about Abt’s work in health systems strengthening.

Read more about the Abt-led Scaling Up Family Planning project in Zambia:
Building Zambian Capacity to Deliver Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services
Video: Scaling Up Access to Family Planning in Zambia through Abt’s Camping Approach

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