On Call Africa works to improve access to healthcare in southern Zambia.
From our base in Livingstone, On Call Africa works in nine communities in Zambia’s Southern Province. These nine communities lie in the Katapazi and Simango areas of Kazungula District, and Mapatizya in Zimba District. We worked with the District Health Offices to identify the localities which would most benefit from our services.
Zambia is currently ranked 141 of 187 countries on the Human Development Index, making it one of the world’s least developed countries. It has been particularly badly affected by the HIV epidemic – the prevalence rate was 12.5% in 2013 – and also experiences high rates of tuberculosis, malaria and malnutrition.
A large and geographically dispersed population means only half of Zambians living in rural areas have medical facilities within 5km, and poor roads and a long rainy season make these few facilitates even harder to reach. A national healthcare workforce crisis means that there is only one doctor for every 16,000 people, compared to one for every 600 in the UK.