|In the rural areas, there is one doctor for 16'000 inhabitants. This is why SolidarMed supports the training of new doctors for the disadvantaged regions of Zambia.
SolidarMed in Zambia
1500 missing doctors
Twice as many doctors per year
Since 2009, the number of ML students could be doubled. To achieve this, SolidarMed supports three training hospitals for practical training (Mpanshya, Livingstone and Kafue), which also benefits theoretical training. Through targeted investments SolidarMed ensures the accreditation of these new training hospitals. A SolidarMed advisor supports the College in institutional development. The project is financed by the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED).
As part of its efforts to tackle the human resource crisis, the Zambian government has created a human resource working group, in which SolidarMed participates as a partner organisation. SolidarMed’s support of three new training sites has made it possible to admit 24 students into the ML programme on an annual basis. The Ministry of Health has the goal of training 40 students a year, and eventually placing them at district hospital. To achieve this, the necessary structures first need to be created at Chainama College.
For additional information, please contact the Desk Officer for Zambia, Anna Häggblom:
› a.haggblom(at)solidarmed.ch, Phone: +41 41 310 66 60
Zambia: Even with its huge deposits of copper, Zambia is one of the poorest countries in Africa. Well-trained staff migrates abroad – to South Africa, Botswana or Europe, including doctors and nurses. They also die of HIV/AIDS: in Zambia 15.2% of adults are HIV positive. Life expectancy has sunk to 48 years. (Source: UNO)
› BBC Country Profile Zambia
Health in Zambia
Facts & Figures
› WHO Statistics
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Jobs in Zambia
› Medicus Mundi Bulletin 104/07: Brain Drain: Why do Zambian health workers migrate abroad?
› WHO: Factsheet Migration of Health Workers