“Courage and collaboration are the Build It values coming to the fore…
Now more than ever, we remain committed to building brighter futures in Zambia.”
Andrew Jowett OBE
8 October 2021:
As of yesterday, Zambia has been removed from the UK red list after nine months. This will make travel to and from the UK much easier. The news reflects the fact that the third wave of COVID-19 is now over, and that Zambia has a credible system in place to identify potential new variants.
However, the vaccination programme continues to struggle with less than 4% of the population fully covered. The main constraint is low uptake rather than supply of vaccines. Misinformation and unfounded concerns, especially amongst men, prevail.
Last week the Zambian Government lifted a range of COVID-19 restrictions. Markets, churches, restaurants, bars and nightclubs are now operating as normal. But wearing of face masks and adhering to social distancing rules in public places remains mandatory.
Our programme of work is now back to a full-scale of operations. All locations continue to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, overseen by our COVID-19 Risk Committee:
- Our Centre for Excellence re-opened on 30 August with two cohorts of trainees currently at the site including the first ever tiling trainees
- Libuyu Health Centre project in Livingstone continues to make great progress on the construction of the new maternity unit
- Construction of hand wash stations at a further ten schools in the Lusaka District through our Safe Hands initiative has now started
We continue to be vigilant as Zambia remains exposed to further waves of COVID-19, but for the moment its great to be able to get on with delivering our mission to create opportunities for young people and their communities.
Thank you for your continued support
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