Recap: Day 7 – Saturday, February 21

Before heading back to the cold and snow in Washington, DC, the delegates spent their final day in Zambia visiting Chilenje Clinic and the Lilayi Elephant Nursery.

At Chilenje Clinic, located in Lusaka, the delegates learned about key challenges in health equity and service delivery. As they toured the urban clinic, the delegates learned how staff and Zambian health workers work to address these challenges through improvements in pharmaceutical management, quality assurance and capacity building.

Baby elephants (calves) the delegates got to see at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Photo credits: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

Baby elephants (calves) the delegates got to see at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. Photo credits: Brigid Boettler/MSH.

For the last site visit of the study tour, delegates traveled to the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Lusaka. There, they received a briefing on key environmental issues faced by rural communities and learned¬†how Game Rangers International¬†(GRI), a local wildlife NGO, engages in interdisciplinary capacity building by investing in rural community health efforts. Lilayi Elephant Nursery is home to the youngest members of GRI’s rescued elephant calves. While at Lilayi, the calves receive the dedicated care they need to get through the vital, vulnerable early months and years of rehabilitation they need before they can be released into their new home in Kafue National Park.

After Chilenje Clinic and the Lilayi Elephant Nursery, the delegates reflected on trip experiences, key trends they observed, and the lessons learned from their week in South Africa and Zambia before packing up and departing for home.

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