At On Call Africa, we have successfully purchased a property in Zambia which will accommodate volunteer Doctors, enable us to train community health workers onsite and create a collaborative workspace for us and our partners. This is a hugely exciting development for us and we are working hard to turn this space into a fully operational facility. We are still in need of furnishings and equipment, however with your support, this will soon be a fantastic health training hub for rural Zambia.
On Call Africa was founded in 2010 to address the lack of access to basic health care and health education in rural Zambia. The health care workforce crisis means there's only 1 Doctor for every 16,000 people, compared to 1 for every 400 people in the UK. The large and geographically dispersed population of Southern Zambia means only half of Zambians living in this area have medical facilities within 5km, and poor roads and a long rainy season make these few facilitates even harder to reach.
Our new building offers us security and the ease of ability to extend our reach and increase our programme delivery. Our key areas of work are training community health workers and providing mobile clinics with volunteers doctors, predominantly from the UK. The building is not yet fit for purpose and fully equip, but once it is it will allow us to accommodate our volunteer doctors, train community health workers and provide a collaborative space for us and our partners.
In the last 18 months we have grown rapidly, allowing us to expand our reach from 9 to 18 communities, and increase our influence at national level. We hope to continue to grow and expand on our services, our new HQ will certainly facilitate that.