World Bank Approves US$46 million for Zambia

20 December, 2010, Danstan Kaunda

World Bank Approves US$46 million for Zambia

The World Bank Group (WBG) say Zambia will only access future funding from the bank if the country improve good governance and fight corruption in public sector.

Signing a US$ 46.7 million World Bank and Zambian government Malaria Booster Program (MBP) in Lusaka (17 December), the international bank said the fund will help the country’s effects to overcome malaria.

World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick pointed out that in the past Zambia made good process in the combating malaria deaths but all that is failing now because of poor management of resources.

Dr. Zoellick said the bank’s funding is to get more Insecticide Treated Net (ITN) so that the country can get back on track to overcome malaria deaths.

Image: Danstan Kaunda Dr.Robert Zoellick

“They are a lot of problems in the way international donors funds have been used like the case in the Zambian Ministry of Health,” Dr Zoellick said during his recent two-day visit to Zambia.

“The key issue is good governance and fight corruption in government.”

The World Bank fund will also help in other preventive measures like indoor residual spraying (IRS).

Zambia has fell short for managing donor fund following last year’s poor management of US$ 30 million meant for HIV/AIDS by the Global Fund Program (GFP).

Since then, the civil society groups working in the HIV/AIDS sector has been calling for the remover of the team managing the Global Fund in Zambia.

Zambia’s Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism member Caroline Nyirenda said donor have now because careful on where to put the money.

“Zambia story is sad and the country is now labeled a risk country,” Nyirenda said.

Malaria is the second highest cause of mortality and in 2006; it was endemic in all of the Zambia’s nine provinces.

It contribution to estimated 40 percent of under-five deaths and 20 percent of material death.

In 2004, malaria in Zambia alone was responsible for 45 percent of all of hospitalizations in Zambia.

The disease is estimated to decrease gross domestic product in Africa countries by as much as 1.3 percent per annual.

“Zambia story is sad and the country is now labeled a risk country,” Nyirenda said.

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