How THET is working to support health workers and improve health care in Zambia

With help from the Department for International Development, THET have taken on projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of Zambian health training institutions to train health workers. Drawing on support from our networks across the UK and other health sectors, THET attracts health professionals with the medical and educational expertise required to deliver our programmes.

Our projects have so far helped to strengthen capacity in Nursing schools throughout Zambia, assist in the development of postgraduate courses in Anaesthesia, Pathology, and Psychiatry, and BSc and MSc courses in Human Nutrition. We are also currently helping to develop a Diploma course in Biomedical Engineering.

Our Objectives:

  • Specialist leader capacity development: By developing and supporting the delivery of diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes in critical areas.
  • Professional skills training for specialist leaders: By ensuring that graduates have not just necessary technical and clinical skills but also the managerial, leadership, organisational and teaching skills to meet the demands of their future work as managers, leaders and teachers.
  • Workforce policy advocacy and planning: By making available stronger evidence-based guidance on population health needs and the service required to meet this need to inform 'curriculum for practice.'
  • Regional partnerships for sustainable professional development: By integrating training rations, fostering research collaboration and promoting harmonisation of standards within the region.


  • As part of our project to strengthen human resource capacity in key areas in Zambia, 34 health professionals from abroad have delivered 116 weeks of specialist training in Anaesthesia, Pathology and Psychiatry at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
  • Our 6 volunteer nurse tutors have collectively delivered 8 years of training between 2010 and now in 5 nursing schools throughout Zambia. They have been able to develop teaching capacity in within the schools, and conduct important research into in-service attitudes towards care.
  • THET have completed a needs assessment into the training of Biomedical Engineering personnel in Zambia. With our help, a curriculum has been developed and the new course is set to begin in September 2013 training Medical Equipment Technologists in the Northern Technical College in Ndola.
  • We have begun providing human resources assistance to the newly established BSc and MSc in Human Nutrition at UNZA, while at the same time facilitating technical assistance around curriculum review and development and workforce planning.