Distant referrals

Patients may have to walk or cycle for many hours, or even days, to reach a district hospital. 

Doctors Urban Location

2/3 of doctors live in urban areas; 2/3 of the population live in rural Zambia.

Too few doctors

There are far too few doctors in Zambia – only 1800 for a population of over 15 million.

Health workers challenged

Health workers struggle to diagnose and treat many chronic and acute conditions, so patient conditions can deteriorate.

Under-equipped rural health centres

Consequently, most rural health centres are under-staffed and under-equipped.

Long Wait Times

Even in Urban Areas it takes a long time to see a Doctor. Long waiting lines especially in Government Hospitals and Clinics