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Zambian health plan launch

Lord Nigel Crisp, Chair of King’s Centre for Global Health Advisory Board, hosted the international launch of the Zambian National Health Strategic Plan (NHSP) 2012-2015 in an event at the British Medical Association Headquarters this February.

The event highlighted the main elements of the Zambian NHSP and the ways in which organisations can support implementation of the plan. It also enabled an open forum discussion with Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance (ZUKHWA) members, international non-governmental organisations, donors and cooperating partners looking at opportunities and future plans.

A senior delegation came from Zambia to undertake the launch including: Dr. Peter Mwaba,  Permanent Secretary, Dr.Chris Simoonga, Director of Policy and Planning and Mr Mubita Luwabelwa, Deputy Director of Planning and Budgeting from the Ministry of Health, Zambia. The launch was also attended by the new UK Zambian High Commissioner – H.E. Lt. Col. Bizwayo Newton Nkunika (rtd.)

King’s Centre for Global Health coordinates activities across all schools within King’s College London and its partner NHS organisations in relation to international healthcare. Work involves establishing close partnerships with countries to offer a range of support to their health institutions and improve standards of care. Global Health has been a key focus for King’s Health Partners since its creation as an Academic Health Sciences Centre in 2009.

Victoria Cheston, Executive Lead for Global Healthcare at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust, part of King's Health Partners, was asked to speak at the NHSP launch about working in Zambia. The Trust has two hospital links in the region, one with Ndola Central Hospital and the second with the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital, experiences of which were shared at the launch.

“It was an honour to be asked to speak at the launch, to highlight our links and share our experience of working on the ground in Zambia. It was a wonderful opportunity to speak directly with the key influencers in Zambia on the importance and role of health links and to hear from them how they want to see these links developing. This will help support our broader Global Health agenda of which Zambia is a key country. This event has also allowed for discussions to open between key participants for healthcare in Zambia and will no doubt strengthen and support the NHSP going forward.”

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