Delivery partners

Ministry of Health

We work at all levels of the health system, working towards national objectives whilst meeting locally identified needs.

At national level we work with the Community Health Unit to support the development of national standards for Community health worker programmes and the improvement of digital health systems. We’re responsive to national priorities and provide skilled volunteers who can help to develop national guidelines and protocols, or support small scale pilots to build evidence of where improvements on health care can be improved.

At a regional level we work with the Provincial Health office to understand the biggest health concerns. Together we develop programmes that meet these needs, in collaboration with the province and in response to emerging health challenges. We also work with the province to identify Districts that are most in need of support.

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At District level we support strategic planning, as well as the development of implementation plans for public health interventions and programmes. Also working to identify Rural Health Centres that would benefit from support from our skilled volunteers.

At a local level we partner with identified Rural Health Centres, and their hardest to reach health posts. Training health workers, identifying and addressing the biggest causes of poor health, and barriers to quality healthcare. We work intensely at this level of the health system to pilot programmes and share evidence for improved access to healthcare and health behaviours.

Vero Power

In 2021 On Call Africa will be working with Power Roll and Vero Power to bring solar Power to Chalimongela and Kanyanga Rural Health Centres. Both Rural Health Centres currently operate without any power – their facilities are extremely limited. As a result, information systems are poor and quality of care is significantly impacted. Births are currently being delivered by torch light on phones or with no light at all.

Power Roll and Vero Power have been granted Innovate UK funding to test new solar technology which can be easily transported in remote contexts. We aim to build evidence of impact and support efforts to scale up the introduction of power in health facilities alongside our partners.

With Vero Power we will explore productive uses of solar power that can improve health, while also providing sustainable sources of solar power to health facilities.

WaterAid Zambia

WaterAid have worked with Ministry of Health to agree a set of minimum standards for WASH in health facilities in Zambia – focusing on water, sanitation, hygiene, accessibility and waste management. Working in partnership with WaterAid we will support the implementation of these standards in 27 rural health facilities in Western Province. This work will be delivered in partnership with District teams to ensure that the work is integrated and embedded within the government to ensure sustainability. On Call Africa will work with WaterAid to build evidence of impact, and share learning to promote wider adoption by Ministry of Health and other NGOs.

D.Tree and Medic Mobile

D.Tree and Medic Mobile are two of the original creators of the Community Health Toolkit. They led a project by a group of leading organizations to support the development of digital health initiatives in the hardest-to-reach areas. It provides a collection of open-source technologies and open access design, technical, and implementer resources, helping you build and deploy digital tools for community health. The Community Health Unit have identified the toolkit as the ideal app to support their community health information system, as well as providing an essential tool for supervision and support of Community Health Workers.

On Call Africa are supporting D.Tree and Medic Mobile to pilot the toolkit in Livingstone and Kazungula Districts, in partnership with Ministry of Health, with a view to scaling nationwide if successful.

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Virtual Doctors

Virtual Doctors provide telemedicine support to Rural Health Centres in order to build capacity. Their ethos is very similar to On Call Africa, they work with skilled volunteers to build long term capacity in a way that can be adopted by government. We’ve an agreement in place where we encourage our volunteers to work across both organisations. Virtual Doctors benefit from volunteers who have hands on experience of the context in Zambia. On Call Africa benefit from volunteers who have had previous exposure to common health concerns in Zambia.

We are also exploring ways that we can work alongside one another within health facilities to maximise impact.

Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization devoted to recruiting and training the next generation of leaders in global health equity. They recruit and select highly qualified applicants with diverse skill sets to work with high-impact organizations in year-long paid positions. During their fellowship year, they make a significant and measurable contribution to the placement organization and the target population. In 2021 On Call Africa will recruit to the roles of Community Health Specialist and Health Promotion Specialist with the support and guidance of Global Health Corps.

Together we will be providing development opportunities to skilled Zambians, and enhancing On Call Africa’s capacity to deliver high quality programmes.

Rock Stone and Pebbles

Rock Stone and Pebbles is a charity that works to enable children’s right to play – one way they do this is by building capacity in small charities that can facilitate their vision. Rockstone and Pebbles are helping On Call Africa to build operational capacity through the provision of financial expertise, and supporting the development of a robust financial model that will help us improve the way we manage, operate, and report financially. On Call Africa and Rockstone and Pebbles are also working together to explore how play can help to promote the health of people in Zambia, through health promotion and community health worker programmes.


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