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SES Newsletter | May 2021
Dear Valued Members,

We trust that this newsletter finds you and your loved ones well.

A few weeks ago we emailed a COVID-19 update regarding vaccination roll-outs in Zambia. This is a very positive step in the right direction for our country in the fight against COVID-19, but it’s also an important time to stay aware of your COVID-19 risks and to keep taking all safety precautions necessary to stop the transmission and spread of the virus.

As always, we’re here for you if you have any questions.  If it’s an emergency, please call the SES Call Centre at 737 /  +260 96 274 0300 / +260 96 941 6388, or if it’s not urgent, please send a WhatsApp to +260 76 203 1802 with your name and membership number and we will call you back.
Here’s what this month’s newsletter contains:
Health Corner: It’s never too late to quit smoking
Product of the month: What are the advantages of international life insurance?
Feature article: Is self-care last on your list?
SES clinics are partnering with Westgate pharmacies
Health Corner
It’s never too late to quit
The 31st of May is World No Tobacco Day. If you’re a smoker who wants to quit smoking, or if you have a loved one who wants to quit, you’ve probably heard and read all about the many negative health consequences of smoking. On a more positive note, however, you might be inspired to know how quickly the body starts to recover when a person stops smoking:
Sooner is better than later, but no matter when you decide to have that very last cigarette, be inspired by the fact that your body will start to bounce back as quickly as 20 minutes later.  
Product of the Month
What are the advantages of international life insurance?
Life is unpredictable. Many of us might move to a different country (for work or as a lifestyle choice) two or more times in our lifetime. These moves can have numerous financial consequences, one of which could be the validity of your life insurance policy outside of your country of residence.

The advantage of an SES international life insurance policy, however, is that it’s fully portable. That essentially means that it guarantees cover for the entire policy term and that your cover is valid and unaffected by any changes you might make to your country of residence, lifestyle, occupation, or travel obligations.

If you’d like to know more about our life insurance policies for individuals and families, please contact us on 737 or send an email to

Feature Article
Is self-care last on your list?
When was the last time you put your own needs first? That means getting a good night’s sleep, making time to get outside and play a round of golf or spending time doing a hobby you love. If these things always seem to get shifted down the list for something else that’s more urgent and important, it might be time to take your me-time more seriously.

Practising self-care isn’t only important for that great feeling we get when we’re happy and doing something we love. It’s also a very important cornerstone of our overall health and wellbeing, as well as our ability to be resilient in the face of stress and important life changes. As the saying goes, “You cannot pour from an empty cup.”

Healthline lists these four core foundations of self-care:
Sleep: Get into a good sleep routine and aim to sleep for at least 6-8 hours a night.
Nutrition: Eat a healthy, balanced, fresh diet and try to incorporate as many mood-boosting foods as possible, such as fatty fish, dark chocolate, berries, nuts and seeds.
Physical exercise: Find a way to move your body that you enjoy. If you can spend time outdoors doing it, even better!
Relaxation: Make time for quiet introspection, deep breathing, meditation or writing in a gratitude journal. Looking inwards and strengthening our relationship with ourselves is incredibly important for our inner-strength and resilience.
Once you’re making good progress with the four pillars above, you can take your self-care to the next level by paying attention to these two areas as well:
  • Learn to say no when you’re feeling overwhelmed: Taking on too much and giving too much of our own energy when we’re overstretched can lead to anxiety and burnout.
  • Break your routine and take a self-care trip: Whether it’s a day trip or a weekend away, it can be incredibly rejuvenating to break from your routine every now and then. Take time out just for yourself, and see and experience something new.
No matter where you are on your self-care journey, it’s always a good idea to start with one area that needs a bit of work and focus on it first. As you start to see positive changes, you’ll feel ready to add another pillar, and then another one, and so the story goes.
SES Clinics partner with Westgate Pharmacies
SES has made the decision to partner with Westgate Pharmacies for all of our pharmacy needs, effective as of May and June for Lusaka and Kitwe respectively. Westgate will operate in-clinic pharmacies from our Kitwe and Lusaka Clinics and members will have access to Westgate Pharmacies throughout the country (authorisation codes required). We believe this change will give you, our members, access to a wider range of quality medication at fair prices. Please send an up-to-date list of all of your chronic medications and import prescriptions to to ensure a smooth transition and to avoid any delays in receiving your medication
Thank you. Natotela. Zikomo.
See you next month!
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