On Call Africa aims to improve access to healthcare in rural Zambia. We do this in three ways: Treating, Teaching and Training.
Treating: Mobile Medical Services
Our mobile clinics deliver primary healthcare directly to patients in rural villages. Volunteer doctors from the UK diagnose and treat common complaints and provide dedicated antenatal and child health services to make sure mothers and children are healthy during and after pregnancy. On Call Africa also provides laboratory services capable of diagnosing HIV, Malaria, STIs and pregnancy without requiring patients to travel to the city.
Teaching: Health Education
Health education empowers communities to live healthier lives. As well as our clinics, we deliver interactive health education sessions in rural communities to address the health issues they identify as most pressing, where we put the emphasis on prevention over cure. Nutrition, HIV/AIDS and access to safe drinking water are among the most commonly covered topics.
Training: Community Health Workers
On Call Africa aims to achieve a system of sustainable healthcare in the areas we work in by increasing the capacity of community health workers (CHWs) to attend to the health needs of their village. Our volunteers train CHWs directly and help to make sure they are motivated to perform their role effectively, as well as working to improve their access to essential medicines and to better integrate their role with existing health services. We have also undertaken a number of small public health initiatives in rural communities, including teaching school children how to make soap from locally available ingredients and installing low cost hand washing stations and demonstrating how to operate them.
Patients in 2016
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