ZMA is one of the recipients of US $80,000 grant which is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project by Prudential Zambia. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a ripple impact on the lives of many and will continue to change the narrative of many.
ZMA last year trained 45 master trainers under the Care for Care givers program who have since gone on to train over 400 more health care workers in basic mental health first aid. Since then, the trained first aiders have serviced over 1500 lives with mental health support both in their personal lives and their professional service.
This year’s grant will enable ZMA to further strengthen the Care for health care workers.
The event held on 31st January, 2023 was graced by the Assistant Director Community Health, Dr. Sylvia Chila Simwanza.
Zambia Medical Association President, Dr. Crispin Moyo echoed the concern of, “Who takes care of health care workers?”
Dr. Moyo thanked Prudential Zambia for the kind gesture. He shared how Prudential’s support has helped take care of health care workers indicating that over 1500 people have benefited from this support with over 400 health care workers now certified Mental Health care first aiders around the country. “Through this gesture, we will be able to train more of our members who are in the far to reach places.”
The project is evidence based and coordinated by Public Health Chairperson Dr. Dalal Naeem who is grateful for the financial support from Prudential. Dr Dalal has also commended the technical support rendered by the Zambia National Public Health Institute and the Ministry of Health. The project outputs have been a success because of the professional zeal from the ZMA members, and the leadership from key institutions as ZNPHI and MoH.