Improving medical and biomedical engineering service delivery in Zambia.

In January 2013, THET began implementing the Human Resources for Health Programme in Zambia. This programme works in partnership with the University of Zambia’s (UNZA) School of Medicine (SoM), to support three Master of Medicine (MMed) courses in Anaesthesia, Pathology and Psychiatry, as well a diploma course in Biomedical Engineering Technologist (BMET) at Northern Technical College (NORTEC). These courses and institutions first received support from THET Zambia in 2010 with DFID funding for the Zambia-UK Health Workforce Alliance programme (2010-2012).

Key goals 

  • Increase the number of medical specialists and biomedical technologists deployed appropriately
  • Strengthen the capacity of (UNZA/NORTEC) academic departments to deliver local training programmes

The key partners for the Human Resources for Health Programme include the Ministry of Health, UNZA, the University Teaching Hospital (UTH), NORTEC and the Technical Educational, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Training Authority (TEVETA). You can read more about our partners here.

Progress to date

Clinical course development: Courses have been developed to include essential clinical and management content in all the courses, including; leadership and management, research and audit, and quality improvement.

High quality course delivery: Drawing on support from across the Southern, Central and Eastern Africa Region, UK health sector and other international specialist health networks, THET attracts and recruits health professionals with the medical and educational expertise required to provide technical advice and ensure that the programme is delivered to the highest international standards.

Capacity building of training institutions: UNZA and NORTEC have improved the capacity of their departments and faculties to improve the quality of learning and teaching, through mentorship from international experts and development and facilitation around national and regional professional bodies.

Policy development: By working with the MoH and cooperating partners, to improve quality of support systems for in-service health professionals, in the areas of performance management and continued professional development.

Sustainability: As part of this second phase of support, activities have expanded to ensure quality and sustainability on all levels.