Improving health care in rural Zambia
In order to bring about long-term change within the communities in which we work, On Call Africa addresses the root causes of poor access to, and quality of healthcare and strengthens community led programmes that are vital for remote rural communities. As an organisation we strive to support the achievement of national strategic objectives, while ensuring that we listen to, and are responsive to the communities that we support. We are a learning organisation that openly shares findings to influence policy and practice in Zambia, and to expand our reach globally.
We work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Rural Health Facilities, volunteer Doctors from the UK, and delivery partners to support the development of strong and effective rural health systems in Zambia. We also work with Rural Health Facilities that have been identified by the Ministry of Health as being in need of capacity building and support. With these Rural Health Facilities we map their catchment area, carry out in depth assessments of health facility needs, and the needs of their communities, and use these to work with the health facility staff to develop detailed quality improvement and implementation plans to improve access to and quality of healthcare. Once in place we work with the Ministry of Health, and our partners to deliver identified programmes of work.
It is important to On Call Africa that we focus our limited resources on providing quality holistic support to communities and health systems that are in most need of support. However, we also work closely with the Ministry of Health at national level to support policy and guideline developments to improve rural health outcomes beyond the reach of our direct delivery. We aim to openly share all our resources, impact data and learning to support wider policy, and to promote shared learning between partners.
Strengthen community health programmes in Zambia
On Call Africa aim to support the Ministry of Health to develop high quality, and highly functioning standardised community led health programmes that improve access to quality healthcare for rural communities. Our current priorities include:
- Develop and pilot national standardised CBV packages in partnership with Ministry of Health. Packages to include: supervision, training, incentives, and transport
- Support the enhancement and piloting of digital health tools at community level to further support CBVs with their
- Build capacity of CBVs to effectively deliver successful innovations, such as health promotion through play or effective rural transport
- Testing a community led income generation model to improve functionality of community health structures and contribute to healthcare facility operation and maintenance costs.
- Supporting the development of national guidelines and training manuals for palliative care in Zambia, and adapting these for community level