President Hakainde Hichilema hosted a delegation from the Red Cross Society, led by Dr Mohammed Omer Mukhier – Regional Director Africa – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and Mr Francson Ngosa – National President of the Zambia Red Cross Society.
The meeting highlighted the crucial role played by the Red Cross in complementing government efforts, particularly in disaster management and water supply and sanitation initiatives.
Expressing gratitude for the Red Cross Society’s unwavering commitment to humanitarian efforts, President Hichilema encouraged the organization to intensify its collaboration with the government, especially in disaster preparedness.
The President, who serves as the Patron of the society in Zambia, assured the delegation of the government’s strong partnership and support.
During the discussions, President Hichilema, who holds the distinguished title of Global Cholera Champion, shared his vision of positioning Zambia as the hub for Cholera Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa. Emphasizing the importance of self-reliance and continental solutions, he stressed the need for Africa to take charge of its challenges.
“We have a primary responsibility to solve our problems as Africa,” President Hichilema asserted, highlighting the urgency of developing measures that enable vaccine production within the continent. The President’s vision aligns with a broader strategy to bolster Africa’s capacity for self-sufficiency and resilience.
The meeting concluded with a commitment to strengthen the collaboration between the Zambian government and the Red Cross Society. This partnership aims to enhance disaster response capabilities, ensure water and sanitation access, and contribute to the realization of Zambia’s ambition to become a key player in vaccine manufacturing for the continent.
As President Hichilema champions both national and continental initiatives, this gathering signifies a renewed commitment to collaborative efforts in addressing humanitarian challenges and fostering sustainable development in Zambia and across Africa.