“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
Zambia returned to the UK travel red list on Saturday 27 November over concerns about the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
The fear is that a fourth wave will overtake Zambia. The Government quickly announced that the country will go into a ‘soft lock-down’ from Tuesday 30 November. New measures announced include:
- Mandatory mask wearing
- No entry in any government building without a vaccination card
- Buses to operate at max 50% capacity
- Churches to congregate only for one hour
- Bars only open Wednesday – Saturday, and only from 18.00 – 20.00
Vaccination coverage remains very low, with a hesitation to get vaccinated currently the main constraint rather than supply of vaccines. The Government has announced an aggressive vaccination programme from Tuesday 30 November, with markets and malls to be used as vaccination centres. The aim is to vaccinate two million people by 31 December 2021 (total population around 18 million).
Build It continues to follow a range of COVID-19 safety protocols, overseen by our COVID-19 Risk Committee. These include working from home where possible, temperature testing on arrival at the training centre and offices, and dividing construction site workers and trainees into smaller groups.
For the moment, we are delivering our training programme with two groups learning at the Centre for Excellence.
Construction works continue at the Centre, and on the new maternity and infant health unit at Libuyu Health Centre, Livingstone.
The second phase of our Safe Hands initiative is on target to complete hand wash stations at a further ten schools in the Lusaka district.
In case you missed it, we are raising funds for our next community build project at Zambezi Sawmills Community School. Donations made directly through the Big Give Christmas Challenge website will be doubled (at no extra cost to you) between midday 30 November and midday 7 December 2021 to help build new classrooms, a computer room and a latrine block for over 750 children at this busy school.
We will continue to take a cautious approach to dealing with COVID-19, whilst endeavouring to deliver as much of our programme as we can. Let’s hope that this variant has minimal impact on people’s health and livelihoods.
Thank you for your continued support
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