THE World Bank has approved $25 million to support Zambia’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Of this amount, $20 million will come from the International Development Association’s Crisis Response Window, while $5 million is grant funding from the Global Financing Facility. The funds will be channeled through the Zambia COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project.
The Zambia COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project will provide support to the Zambian government to prevent, control, detect and respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen national systems for public health preparedness. The emergency funding will support disease surveillance and strengthen screening at points of entry, risk communication and community engagement, as well as strengthen governance and accountability in implementation of the national COVID-19 response plan. It will also support COVID-19 case management, infection prevention and control, and interventions to maintain essential health services.
“While Zambia has seen a reduction in new cases of COVID-19 in the last two months, it is important that prevention, detection and response measures are scaled up to prevent further spread of the disease,” said Sahr Kpundeh, World Bank Country Manager for Zambia.
“Rapid response is crucial in addressing COVID-19 and to reduce its negative impact on health systems, social services and economic activities.”
The project will be implemented nationwide and is expected to benefit the entire population of Zambia, asCOVID-19 poses a risk to everyone. The primary beneficiaries will be suspected and confirmed COVID19 cases, and populations at risk such as the elderly, people with co-morbidities, medical and emergency personnel, port of entry officials and truck drivers.
“Considering that many of the COVID-19 cases in Zambia have come from outside the country, the project will help strengthen screening at Zambia’s entry points”, said Rosemary Sunkutu, Senior Health Nutrition and Population Specialist and Task Team Leader of the project. “This component of the project is especially important given that Zambia is a landlocked country surrounded by eight countries, which predisposes the country to risks of importation of diseases from neighboring countries and beyond.”
This funding is part of a broader package of support by the World Bank Group to help Zambia manage and responds to the COVID-19 crisis. The World Bank mobilized $2.72 million from existing health operations and financing mechanisms to support the Government’s COVID-19 response. World Bank Group COVID-19 Response.
The Graduate Project TV Show
The OATS scholarship program is a project established by OATS Experience. OATS Experience is a member of the OATS Consultancy created in January 2020 to focus on corporate and mainstream digital and communication innovations, events and creating experiences for all and sundry within the techentertaiment and education solution.
OATS Experience intends to encourage and ensure that well deserving students despite the economic, social or geographical hardships have equal access to higher education. The program seeks to award credible and qualified young individuals the opportunity to advance their education through a full ride scholarship to local universities with the support of Access Bank Zambia, National Youth Development Council (NYDC), Center for Trade and Policy Development and DCIT (NGO).
The Graduate Project is designed to promote and increase academic excellence for secondary school students seeking higher education, as well as creating an environment that celebrates and promotes hard work across all academic disciplines. On the 23rd of May 2020, OATS Experience officially commenced the Project with the above-mentioned sponsors and partners; Over 3, 000 entries were received from across the country within two weeks of the advertisement, with 42% of the participants being female. The scholarship was very competitive making the process of narrowing down a large applicant pool very challenging.
The selection criteria were based on a number of factors, largely merit. After a long and thorough process of analyzing and evaluating the applications, the selection committee finally settled for the best 100 who were interviewed on 24th and 25th of September 2020 respectfully. Congenially, the interview was designed to determine how many are qualified ethically and morally from the perspective of interrogating their prowess in ethical and logical exchanges of dialogue to test their sincerity and integrity.
The OATS Consultancy, with the facilitation of one of its subsidiary companies, MOZO TV, will be airing the graduate project interviews on MOZO TV from the 7th to the 25th of December 2020. Interviewed candidates are encouraged to watch the show, see how they fared and whether they have been awarded the scholarship. MOZO TV is available on channel 94, on the start times decoder.
For more information on The Graduate Project, visit our social media pages and that of our partners and on our official website, www.oatsconsultancy.com
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Royal Zambian Airlines takes to the air
Royal Zambian Airlines was officially incorporated in May of 2020, and now prepares to embark on its maiden voyage in December 2020.Even though the company operates as a department within the Royal Air Charters brand, and exists commercially as its subsidiary, Royal Zambian Airlines is a wonder all of its own – offering ‘best-in-class’, medium-range jet capability for fifty (50) passengers, by way of an Embraer 145LR.
The carrier is supported by a 30-seater twin-turboprop Embraer 120 ER, and by a world class management team that will work around the clock to ensure flyers enjoy a safe and luxurious travel experience at all times.
The debut of Royal Zambian Airlines is purposely defined by a renewed dedication to ensuring the health and safety of all passengers, aboard our flights and beyond. Our current flight schedule covers the route from Lusaka to Johannesburg, and vice versa, and allows customers to change their travel plans up to 24 hours before departure (at no cost!) with flexible tickets.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call +260 967 600 572, or visit our website at www.royalzambianairlines.com to travel safely, swiftly and stylishly between Lusaka and Johannesburg. We look forward