In the 20 years since the opening of our office in Zambia's Meheba Refugee Settlement, AAR Japan has supported refugees, mainly from Angola, in the areas of health, education, and agriculture until the majority of them repatriated in 2004. Since 2017, we relaunched Meheba operation and are providing support to former Angolan refugees and Zambian households to build integrated communities and uplift the living standard.

Activities in Zambia

Forming integrated communities for “Former Refugees”

The trained residents sensitizing neighbors on the importance of good hygiene behavior

The trained residents sensitizing neighbors on the importance of good hygiene behavior

Meheba Refugee Settlement is one of the largest refugee settlements in Zambia. The government of Zambia has initiated a program to locally integrate ‘former refugees’ who chose to remain in Zambia even after the stabilization of their home countries. In the resettlement area in Meheba, AAR Japan supports former refugees and local Zambian residents to form integrated communities by forming self-help groups among residents regardless of their status and empowers them to attain self-sufficiency.

HIV/AIDS Initiative: Support for Schooling and Income-generating Activities

Wilson (left) lost his parents to AIDS. Seen here with his aunt, Ms. Wainess.

In Zambia, interventions to improve maternal and child health (“MCH”) are urgently needed as the mortality rate of pregnant mothers and children in Zambia continues to be alarmingly high. AAR Japan is undertaking an MCH initiative which includes the improvement of health infrastructure through the construction of a health post and provision of medical equipment to a maternity ward at an existing health centre. AAR Japan also assists health facilities to conduct outreach health services in remote areas to enable local communities to receive MCH services, such as immunization and treatment for prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Local volunteers are also trained by AAR Japan to foster greater understanding of MCH among local communities.

HIV/AIDS Initiative: Construction of a VCT Center

A woman receives a medical check at the VCT center.

For people living with HIV (PLWH), proper treatment can still minimize the potential for developing AIDS. In Chilanga and Chipapa, a suburb of Lusaka, AAR Japan has constructed a voluntary counseling and testing center (VCT center) that provides locals with medical checks and counseling. We plan to build a second VCT center in another district as well.

Support to School Initiatives

Students appeal to people to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS at an event on World AIDS Day.

Education is essential for preventing HIV infection. With this in mind, AAR Japan is supporting the HIV/AIDS Initiative, which was formed by high school students to promote people's understanding of HIV/AIDS. Through home visits and awareness-raising activities, the group's members are educating people in the community about condom use and basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS.

Assistance for HIV-positive People

An AAR Japan workshop teaches home nursing techniques.

AAR Japan is supporting the efforts of self-help groups in which HIV-positive people share their problems and concerns. AAR Japan staff and local volunteers also visit the homes of HIV-positive people and patients to educate them about medicine, meals, and lifestyle choices appropriate to their conditions, also responding to the patients' concerns.

Activity Reports from Zambia

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