in rural Zambia
What We Do
Improve access to, and quality of healthcare at rural healthcare facilities
Strengthen community health programmes in Zambia
Influence policy and practice
What You Can Do
Where We Work
Healthcare in rural Zambia
On Call Africa have identified Southern and Western Province as our target regions for implementation in Zambia due to the complex challenges they face in accessing even basic healthcare. Working with the Ministry of Health, we identify rural healthcare facilities and surrounding communities that would benefit from our support, and work with communities and the Ministry of Health to co-produce solutions to locally identified needs. We use learning from our work in these demanding contexts to influence national policies and practices in hard-to-reach rural settings.
On Call Africa was set up by a group of doctors and international development experts, all with a shared desire to improve access to healthcare and health outcomes within rural communities. In particular looking to support communities with traditionally poor access to medical professionals and amenities – Zambia was selected due its low ratio of doctors to people. Following a consultation with the Ministry of Health, the Southern Province was selected as the starting point.
The Southern Province in Zambia was chosen as our starting point, because the region has only one doctor to every 16,000 people, with the majority of these located in urban areas. Sparsely populated rural communities are characterised by poor transport links, poor access to water and sanitation, high levels of poverty, and low levels of health literacy. In collaboration with WaterAid, we have now expanded our reach into Western Province.