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The Health Press – Zambia, Volume 01, Issue 12, ISSN: 2520-4378, 12 December 2017 Download full Issue

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Globally Celebrated Health Days
by ML Mazaba

Globally dedicated days or periods are scheduled to promote important public health issues and create awareness to the general public and health practitioners. United Nations member states subscribe to celebrating health days recognized and mandated by the World Health assembly. In 2017, WHO recognized and celebrated nine (9) global health days including


Zambia successfully launches the first multi-sectoral national action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
by O Kapona

Zambia has adopted the “One Health” approach in the fight against Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and has through a consultative process of all line Ministries and cooperating partners, successfully formulated a ten (10) year national action plan (Multi-sectoral AMR National Action Plan 2017) that will guide the country’s response to combating AMR. The multi-sectoral AMR NAP is intended to institute strategic interventions in all key sectors relevant to this fight, that is, the human, animal, plant, and environment sectors



Summary report of cholera outbreak in Lusaka district as of 18th December 2017
by R Hamoonga, VM Mukonka, N Kapata, N Sinyange, F Kapaya, A Moraes

The following is an epidemiological summary of data extracted from the Ministry of Health’s integrated disease surveillance and response (IDSR) system for the period 4th October 2017 to December 2017. The Zambian ministry of health declared a cholera outbreak in Lusaka on 4th October 2017.


Prevalence and correlates of tobacco smoking among prisoners at Kamfinsa correctional facility, Kitwe, Zambia
by K Mwewa, S Siziya, M Kwangu

Smoking tobacco is an integral part of prison life. Although, tobacco consumption is a major risk factor for mortality, little has been done to prevent smoking in prisons. There is a high prevalence of tobacco use in prisons, which may be associated with several factors such as stress, anxiety about the case and sentence etc. In Zambia, the prevalence of tobacco consumption has increased over the past decade from 13.7% to 23.8% among men and 0.5% to 0.7% among women (7). Hence, the aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and correlates of smoking among prisoners at Kamfinsa Prison in order to assess the magnitude of the problem and identify possible targets for interventions