Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia

by On Call Africa
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Improving Access to Healthcare in Rural Zambia
Mar 2, 2021

Responding to COVID-19

Responding to COVID-19

In March 2020 we made the difficult decision to pause our direct delivery in rural communities to reduce the risk of spreading of COVID-19 as we move between urban and rural areas, and the gather large groups in rural communities. We had hoped to re-commence our programmes this month, however, the presence of SARS-COV-2 in Zambia has led to a rapid rise in cases in the last few months, resulting in us adapting our programmes once again, to ensure that our work meets the most pressing needs of the health system. Our team have worked tirelessly to adapt our programme and we are delighted that our team of nine volunteer doctors have begun delivering our adapted programme today.

Project outline 2021

Over the next 12 months we will support the immediate needs of the health system in Southern Province, while supporting long term health system strengthening, and improved health outcomes through strategic planning and quality improvement projects at different levels of the health system. We will do this through the following activities:

· Deliver direct consultations, advice and treatment within Livingstone, Kazungula and Zimba district hospitals, where they are currently overwhelmed due to an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the region. Doctors will be placed based on their specialism, to match the needs of these hospitals. The volunteer doctors will also form part of their respective District Incident Management teams for Covid-19, to support strategic planning to improve the response

· Support the Community Health Unit at the Ministry of Health to develop minimum standards for Rural Health Centres and health posts, and support them to pilot these in the communities that we work. We will also support the unit to develop a standardised Community Health Worker programme to improve the quality of care in remote communities, and begin roll out of the programme.

· Run strategic planning sessions with Livingstone, Zimba and Kazungula District Health Offices to identify the biggest health concerns in their districts and support the development of public health intervention plans to address these. We will then support the district health offices to implement and test their plans.

· Medical students will be placed on the wards as our volunteers, where they will have the opportunity to work with and learn from specialists that they would otherwise not been exposed to. Students will also participate in our strategic planning sessions with district health offices and the community health unit, as part of the public health aspect of their courses.

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On Call Africa

Location: Livingstone, Southern - Zambia
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Project Leader:
Kirsty Luescher
Livingstone, Southern Zambia

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