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People anticipate, respond to and quickly recover from crisis.

The occurrence of disasters in Zambia has sometimes brought about challenges such as displacement of people mainly caused by flooding. In 2008/2009 floods, over 4,000 people were displaced along the Zambezi River belt. While in 2009 and 2010, over 3,000 people were displaced in Lusaka’s peri-urban settlements. Due to lack of drainage systems, poor hygiene, and sanitation, cholera has continued to prevail in the peri-urban settlements. The country experiences recurrent occurrences of droughts and major drought years in the last decade; 2014/15 and 2015/16. The 2018/19 seasons were also beset with poor rainfall patterns of alternating dry spells and flooding and a large amount of food aid was required to avert hunger. The heaviest drought in years was 1991/2. Certain areas of the country, notably Western, Southern, Central, Eastern, and Lusaka provinces have been particularly susceptible to periodic droughts. Additionally, epidemics such as Cholera and Covid – 19 have also brought about challenges to Zambia. Hence the department hopes to help people anticipate, respond to, and recover from crisis through 2 focus areas highlighted below.

We respond to Disasters through to focus areas highlighted below

1. Disaster management

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Strengthened and enhanced disaster and environmental management systems are in place at Zambia Red Cross Society – at the national, branch and community levels to prepare, respond as well as improve sustainable livelihood of households in disaster prone areas.

2. Strategic Partnerships

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Zambia Red Cross Society aims strengthen strategic partnerships to accelerate impact to improve aid and disaster relief effectiveness. The National Society will establish MOUs that will allow the organizations to work together in a transparent, equitable, respectful, complementarity and shared commitment to achieve the mutually agreed objectives. This allows Red Cross to expand its technical expertise and human resource based during emergency operations, increase operational efficiency, and scale, and create funding request consortiums under the following guiding principles.

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