Despite Zambia's economy growing strongly over recent decades, the country remains one of the world's poorest. An ill-funded and poorly-managed health system has been unable to deal with the country's health needs, particularly its high rate of HIV infection. We support one program in Zambia that helps rural communities build food security and improve health.
Why do we work in Zambia?
Although Zambia has undergone strong economic growth over the last decade, the country is still one of the world's poorest. Three-quarters of the population live on less than $1.25 a day. Life expectancy is just 57 years. Maternal mortality is 47 times higher than in Australia. One in seven adults in Zambia is living with HIV/AIDS.
Some areas of Zambia have also suffered torrential rainfall and flooding, devastating agricultural production.
This already poor country has had to play host to many refugees. In 2014, the UN estimated that over 50,000 refugees were living in Zambia. (UNHCR, 2014)
Our work in Zambia
In addition to Caritas Australia’s support to the emergency drought response across 14 dioceses and the Somali refugees in Kambioss camp, in 2011/12 we also worked with a local partner to implement a program addressing Food Security, and Water and Sanitation.
Examples of our recent work
- 100 households have acquired sustainable agriculture knowledge and farmers have learnt to grow a variety of foods to ensure proper nutrition.
- More than 75% of the households in project areas can afford two meals a day.
- Livestock management training was conducted and 30 beneficiaries have acquired knowledge that has helped to promote a reduction in livestock diseases and increase high milk production levels due to good health conditions of their livestock.
- More than 50 people have been trained in health, hygiene, nutrition and traditional birth attendance. Trained attendants also have the knowledge to help at clinics. More people are being educated on the importance of hospital delivery; reducing the number of deaths and illness to mothers and babies in the communities participating in the project.