In 2017, the Zambian government introduced a new treatment to curb the spread of HIV and wipe out AIDS entirely by 2030. The treatment is effective – but many are using it as a catch-all solution, making them vulnerable to other sexually transmitted infections.
Many young women in Zambia believe that they won’t be able to get pregnant if they use contraceptives, contributing to a high rate of teenage pregnancies. Seeking to provide easier access to family planning services, government hospitals consider a more proactive approach.
A new initiative in Zambia aims to connect the police with the public by providing direct phone lines to local police stations. But the phone numbers do little good when callers from unplanned settlements report crimes in progress – and police can’t find their homes.
In 2016, Zambia’s government implemented a national strategy to curb child marriage. But civil society organizations say the laws exclude children who aren’t in school, and that more needs to be done to end the practice entirely.