Action Africa Help International – Zambia (AAH-Z) programme, launched in 2001, initially started its work in Northern Zambia (Luapula Province). Through a partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), AAH-Z initially managed a refugee programme in Kala and Mwange Camps where over 45,000 refugees mainly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) benefited from the various interventions ranging from health, livelihood, and warehouse management.
By 2012, the operation expanded its programmes to Zambia’s capital Lusaka to manage the Urban refugee Programme.
AAH-Z programme portfolio has since grown to six (6) different programmes being implemented across the country. The programmes being implemented include Warehouse and Logistics Management, Referral Health Services for refugees, Unconditional Food Support for refugees, Food and Nutrition Security Enhanced Resilience, Lifesaving Emergency Response, and Malaria Prevention projects.
AAH-Zambia maintains four (4) UNHCR warehousing facilities in Lusaka, Luapula Province (at Mantapala Refugee Settlement), North Western Province (at Meheba Refugee Settlement), and Western Province (at Mayukwayukwa Refugee Settlement). AAH-Zambia also maintains four (4) vehicle workshops in all sites where all UNHCR and partner vehicles are serviced and maintained.
Rubb hall in Mantapala refugee Settlement, Nchelenge.
Fumigating of Non Food Items (NFI) warehouse in Mantapala, and Vehicle repair and maintenance for the ambulance belonging to the Commissioner for Refugees
The Referral Health Services project is supported by the United Nations High Commission for refugees (UNHCR). The goal of this project is to facilitate all urban refugees and referred cases of refugees from the settlements to have access to general and specialized health services. AAH-Zambia maintains a transit house in Lusaka which hosts medical referral patients and their caregivers from the settlements. The project also conducts sensitizations on mental health, facilitates the procurement and distribution of medicines to targeted refugees, coordinates with the Ministry of Health in distributing male and female condoms to the refugees, conducts VCT awareness and testing, and provision of supplementary food to people living with HIV/AIDS in the urban refugee community in Lusaka.
On the left is the Chalala Transit Home for referred patients from the settlements, Lusaka.
With support from the World Food Program (WFP), AAH-Zambia is implementing a food security program whose strategic objectives include provision of unconditional food support to approximately 15,000 refugees in Mantapala Refugee Settlement as well as sensitize staff and the persons of concern (POCs) on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation & Abuse (PSEA).
Food warehouse in Mantapala managed on behalf of the World Food Programme (WFP)
Refugees at Mantapala receive their WFP supported food rations
AAHI Zambia, with partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and support from GIZ, is implementing a nutrition project in Kawambwa, Luapula Province. The project aims at improving the nutritional situation of people living in food-insecure households in selected district focusing a targeted 9000 women of reproductive age, 6750 children under the age of two years and 4500 men, to compliment the gender balance.
Arising from the 2019-2020 drought spell across the western and southern parts of Zambia, the government of the Republic of Zambia and WFP responded to the affected communities. With support from WFP, AAHI Zambia is implementing a food relief monitoring through onsite and post distribution monitoring aimed at providing evidence-based feedback from the beneficiaries of the food assistance in selected districts of Western Province. A response monitoring team conducts data collection during food distribution and post distribution as well as market trend monitoring.
Since June 2018, AAHI Zambia has been implementing the PAMO project in Kawambwa District, funded by PATH (USAID). The project support proven malaria interventions in alignment with the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan 2017–2021 of the Ministry of Health (MOH), strengthen management capacity of provincial and district MOH personnel to provide supervision and mentoring for improved delivery of proven malaria interventions, and strengthen provincial and district Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) to improve data reporting, analysis, and use for decision-making.