Zambia has received 90 million U.S. dollars from the World Bank aimed at enhancing public health security, a health ministry spokesperson said on Thursday.
The money is part of the 250 million U.S. dollars the World Bank has released to the Africa the Africa Center for Disease Control Regional Investment Financing Project aimed at enhancing public health security on the African continent.
Abel Kasolo, Ministry of Health Spokesperson said the money had been made available to counter the spread of infectious diseases and address key regional and continental public health issues.
He said in a release that the approval of the funds show the confidence that the World Bank and other partners have in the Zambian government.
The money, he said, will finance the establishment of laboratories, transnational surveillance networks, emergency response mechanisms and other public health assets designed to manage disease on a regional and continental scale.
According to him, the funds will help in strengthening the Zambia National Public Health Institute, the disease intelligence wing of the Ministry of Health.
He added that the funding would facilitate for the construction of physical infrastructure such as three national public health reference laboratories that will serve as Center of Excellence for the southern African region. Enditem