In May, the Government of Zambia COVID-19 Multisectoral Contingency & Response Plan and the UN and partners COVID-19 Emergency Appeal were officially launched by the Vice President Inonge Wina. The UN and partners’ Appeal requires $132.9 million to support the COVID-19 multisectoral response targeting 6.2 million people. The emergency requirements of the plan, about $125.6 million, have been included in the updated COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan released on 17 July.
The United Nations Resident Coordinators Office is co-leading the COVID-19 response in collaboration with the Government of Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) complementing the Governments response. A total of eleven sectors were identified for this response with line ministries as lead and UN agencies co-leading sector responses. WHO continues as the technical co-lead agency supporting the Ministry of Health and Zambia Public Health Institute (ZNPHI). All sectors are coordinated by DMMU in the intersectoral coordination meeting. The Disaster Management Consultative Forum (DMCF) chaired by the National Coordinator DMMU and UN Resident Coordinator attended by all sector leads and co-leads, co-operating partners, INGOs, NGOs and the private sector.