Zambia, DRC establish cross-border disease surveillance committee

TRADERS at Kasumbalesa border.

ZAMBIA and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have come together to establish the first cross-border disease surveillance committee under the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support (SATBHSS) project.
The project will strengthen coordination of cross-border disease surveillance, conditions and events of public health importance, as well as joint response to disease outbreaks and emergency preparedness across borders using One Health Approach.
Speaking in an interview recently, New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) agency senior communications officer Mwanja Ng’anjo said the two countries have identified three common cross-border challenges namely uncontrolled and illegal crossing points (in Bilanga), trans-shipping and poor sanitation in market places in and around the border areas

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