Training medical personnel
Africa lacks qualified health professionals. Resilient health systems need trained health workers.
Training is an investment in the future
In rural Africa, one doctor cares for up to 20,000 patients. In comparison: in Switzerland there is one doctor for every 250 patients. Well-trained nurses are just as important. On average, one nurse cares for 1000 patients per year. SolidarMed trains nurses where they are needed most.
There are too few doctors, nurses and midwives in rural and remote areas in southern Africa. Very often, qualified specialists do not want to work in rural areas as working conditions can be challenging. So they leave for the cities or move abroad. The result: an acute shortage of qualified health workers. And poor quality treatment for patients.
«SolidarMed builds staff houses to keep qualified staff in rural hospitals.»
Nzila Lubinda, Project Manager Zambia
SolidarMed supports both pre-service and in-service training for health workers. We improve practical skills and deepen theoretical knowledge on key issues like infectious and non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health. Too many women and children still die before, during or after childbirth. SolidarMed invests in further training for doctors and midwives.
Find out more about the Medical Licentiates training programme in Zambia.