Zambia

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MFH in Zambia

MFH has worked in Zambia since 2017. In partnership with the Zambian Episcopal Conference and the Diocese of Chipata, MFH is implementing the Mai M’beleki (Safe Deliveries for Mothers) project with the goal of improving health outcomes for mothers and children in the communities surrounding the Muzeyi health center by utilizing community outreach and education, increasing service utilization and bettering water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices for a population of more than 28,000. A central part of the project is building the capacity of community health workers (CHWs) and safe motherhood action groups (SMAGs) and education on nutrition along with other fundamental MCH issues.

Country Snapshot

Medicines for Humanity's project supports Catholic Sisters in the Eastern Province of Zambia to better serve the needs of mothers and children in rural areas. We are working with the Catholic Episcopal Conference Health Unit and the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa running the Muzeyi Health Center to improve community outreach and education, increase service utilization and improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) practices.

Over 50% of the population in Zambia lives below the poverty line, an estimated 70% is food insecure and 45% of its children are stunted. This country has some of the worst maternal and child health outcomes in the Southern-Central African region.

Despite the availability of free healthcare services at public facilities and a large majority of private clinics, accessing care is a challenge for many impoverished women in remote communities of Zambia. Over 40% of the country's rural population lives more than 5km (8 miles) from the nearest health center and few women can afford to sacrifice time and resources for transport. Over 50% of deliveries occur in the home, without the assistance of a skill health care worker. MFH is trying to make a change.

Project Sites

Partners

  • Catholic Episcopal Conference Health Unit
  • Sisters of Charity Ottawa

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