Innocent Chansa

What’s your role?

Health Promotion Specialist – I conduct needs assessments in the communities, to ascertain needs and what diseases are most prevalent in the communities and I co-develop projects with the communities to try and tackle these issues and then conduct monitoring and evaluation post projects to see the impact.

What made you decide to work for On Call Africa?

I am an enthusiast for universal health coverage, and I believe everyone should have access to health care no matter who they are and their geographical location.  OCA’s commitment and focus on rural health systems strengthening is what made me decide to work for OCA, OCA’s work is fundamental as rural health care systems are fragile and require work towards ensuring access for all.

What were you doing before you joined On Call Africa?

I was leading a research study on adolescent health, specifically on unwanted pregnancies in school systems.

Why should someone give up their time to volunteer for On Call Africa?

The work OCA is doing is helping us save people and no one else goes to the communities where OCA goes so it is great that more people are being helped.

What’s your biggest challenge for the year ahead?

I have never really worked in the rural areas hands on, as I have normally been on the other side of things, such as writing proposals and assessing the need after field work has been conducted, but it is super exciting!

Tell me something about you that no one else knows…

I am a farmer, I used to work with small scale famers.

Have you got any tips on Zambia for future volunteers?

Zambia is a land of opportunities, and the people are peaceful. We have 72 local languages would be fun for our volunteers to learn some of these especially Chitonga.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I play video games!

Why should we support On Call Africa?

Supporting OCA, helps achieve the post 2015 development agenda and strengthen fragile rural health systems. The main reason is as we are helping to work towards universal health coverage, we are driving the agenda which takes on a systems approach and looks at the fragile systems which are in place, to strengthen them for the most impact.

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