Where we work
Healthcare in southern Zambia
On Call Africa works from our base in Livingstone, we work in seven rural health facilities in Zambia’s Southern Province. These seven health facilities lie in the Katapazi, Sikuanzwe and Simango areas of Kazungula District, Simonga in Livingstone District, and Chalimongela, Simwatachela, and Kanyanga areas in Zimba District. We worked with the District Health Offices to identify the localities which would most benefit from our services.
On Call Africa was set up by a group of doctors and international development experts, all with a shared desire to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes within rural communities. In particular looking to support communities with traditionally poor access to medical professionals and amenities – Zambia was selected due its low ratio of doctors to people. Following a consultation with the Ministry of Health, the Southern Province was selected as the starting point.
The Southern Province in Zambia was chosen as our starting point, because the region has only one doctor to every 16,000 people, with the majority of these located in urban areas. Sparsely populated rural communities are characterised by poor transport links, poor access to water and sanitation, high levels of poverty, and low levels of health literacy.
“During our time in Zambia we were impressed to see the trained Community Health Worker in action. Not only assisting in our mobile clinics but also identifying sick patients and referring them to the Rural Health Clinics, diagnosing patients with potential malaria and HIV, following up on children with malnutrition and those needing further dressings e.g. after burns”
Fiona, Volunteer Doctor