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Young Zambian Doctor and Lusaka Global Shaper to represent Zambian Mental Health Perspective at World Economic Forum

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A YOUNG Zambian Doctor and Global Shaper, Dalal Naeem has been invited to attend and speak at this year’s World Economic Forum, Road to #Davos2020.

He is the second Zambian Global Shaper to attend this forum that takes place annually in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. It is the foremost creative force for engaging the world’s top leaders in collaborative activities to shape global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The theme of the 2020 meeting is ‘Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.’

This year Zambia’s Naeem Dalal, MD, a Doctor and current curator of the Lusaka Global Shapers Hub is set to speak at TIME Magazine’s ‘The Youth Health Mental Crisis’ panel discussion. Dr Dalal will be bringing a Zambian perspective to Davos 2020 to ensure that world leaders continue to focus on mental health and turn their commitments and investment on mental health into action over the next year.

“Time is now for Governments and Civil Society to invest in mental health so that everyone, everywhere has someone to turn to in support of their mental health. In Zambia there are less than eight practicing psychiatrists for a population of 17 million people. If one in 4 people are at risk of having a mental health illness that means roughly 5000 people per psychiatrist per year. There is a huge mental health gap which needs to be actualised. I hope that 2020 is a year when more ideas and intentions become definitive, with respect to Mental Health.”  Said Dr Dalal.

He added that he looks forward to working with the World Economic Forum, business/ political leaders, civil society and experts by experience to define and deliver the commitments and investment that will start to tackle the growing mental health crisis in Zambia and world over.

Dr Naeem Dalal is the Founder of “Ganizo”, which aims to redefine mental health disorders by using current trends in neuroscience tailoring to the Zambian culture. Driven by his passion for neuroscience and research, he is a fellow of the International Brain Research Organization and currently implementing mental health services in primary health care. He volunteers at Zambian prisons in strengthening mental health. His mission is to drive a change in mental health from awareness to acceptance. He is part of the Health Quality Improvement community in Zambia and the current curator of the Lusaka hub of the Global shapers community.

At #Davos50 he will be joining nearly 3,000 leaders from 117 countries including 53 Top political leaders. This year over 120 civic-minded young leaders will convene while the forum will welcome 10 leaders under the age of 20 that will represent the viewpoints of younger generations globally.

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Zambians traveling to Dubai urged to check their travel documents

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THE Zambian Consulate in Dubai says it is concerned with the increased number of nationals travelling to other countries via Dubai being denied passage due to lack of Travel Permits.

And the Consulate has has advised all Zambian travelers wishing to transit through Dubai to ensure that they carry with them all the necessary travel documents in the country of destination such as travel Visa, valid passports, COVID-19 negative tests and pre-approval Travel Permits.

In a statement, Consulate second Secretary for Accounts Musonda Chella said cautioned that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries around the world have introduced special permits which need approval before one travels. Sometimes this application has to be submitted 24 hours to 14 days prior to the date of travel.

He observed that some Zambians have travelled without special travel permits via Dubai where the airlines from the United Arab Emirates prevented them from proceeding further to the countries of destination.

“This has caused panic and inconvenience as the nationals have incurred extra costs on tickets, spent nights in the airports, and in other cases sent back to Zambia,” Chella said.

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K 5.7 billion allocated for FISP to benefit 1 million small-scale farmers

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MINISTER of Finance Dr. Bwalya Ng’andu has disclosed that government has allocated a whopping K5.7billion for the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to support over one million small-scale farmers in the 2020-2021 farming season.

Presenting the national budget in the National Assembly, Dr. Ngandu said government had also allocated K517.5million for the national food strategic reserve.

“Mr. Speaker, the Economic Affairs function has been allocated a total of K21.5 billion,” he said.

“Notable expenditures include K5.7 billion on the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP), targeting one million farmers across the country”, he said.

“Further, for the country to be food secure, I have set aside K517.5million for the national strategic food reserve”, he said

Dr. Ngandu also announced support to the livestock sector by promoting a programme to restock and control cattle diseases.

“Sir, to promote the livestock sub-sector, Government will continue with the Livestock Stocking and Restocking Programme out of which at least 30 percent of the beneficiaries are youths”, he said

“In the first half of 2020, a total of 3,100 households benefitted from the Programme. With regard to animal
health, a total of 283,000 animals
have been vaccinated out of the 2020 target of 290,000 under the Livestock Vaccination Programme”, he said.

He also announced a loan programme in the agriculture sector to primarily benefit young people.

“Mr Speaker, Government is
implementing the Zambia Aquaculture Enterprise Development
Project aimed at stimulating a viable aquaculture sub-sector”, he said

“In 2020, the Project, through the Citizens Economic Empowerment
Commission(CEEC), has disbursed loans worth K6.3 million to 637 aquaculture entrepreneurs”, He said

“These loans are targeted at empowering youths and women “. he said

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2021 Budget is pro-poor, aims to safeguard livelihoods and protect the vulnerable

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FINANCE Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu’s budget has been welcomed by many who say the budget will safeguard the interests of the poor, who have been hit hard by the recent economic slow down caused by COVID-19.

Minister Dr Bwalya Ng’andu tabled the budget at the National Assembly on Friday afternoon where he proposed to spend K119.6 billion in 2021 which translates to 32.6 percent of GDP. Of this amount, K68.0 billion, representing 18.5 percent of GDP, will come from domestic revenues and grants. The balance of K51.6 billion will be raised through financing.

“Mr. Speaker, the 2021 Budget clearly lays a foundation for economic recovery, build resilience, safeguard livelihoods and protect the vulnerable. The thrust and priority for 2021 and the medium term will, therefore, be to re-invigorate growth, restore macroeconomic stability, attain fiscal fitness, restore debt sustainability and dismantle domestic arrears and at the same time safeguard social protection spending” he said.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

26 Sep 2020, 8:17 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

14,515 Total Cases
332 Deaths
13,643 Recovered

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