Since 2009, THET has been working in Zambia to improve health service delivery by ensuring health workers are appropriately educated, trained, deployed, supported and retained.
Zambia is one of the least developed countries in the world, ranked 163 out of 187 in the United Nation’s Human Development Index. The country faces a critical shortage of health workers, with less than a third of the required doctor-to-patient ratio, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The country is critically off target for reaching the Millennium Development Goals and is performing poorly in all health indicators.
The quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health services depend on health workers and there is an urgent need for more, better trained, health workers in Zambia. The Government has identified health worker training and education, retention, and hiring as a policy priority, as outlined in the government’s ‘Human Resources for Health’ Strategic Plan.'
In line with the Government’s priorities, THET's goal is to contribute to an improvement in the quality and sustainability of health service delivery and patient care in Zambia.
To achieve this goal, we’re putting health workers at the centre of all our work. We aim to ensure health workers are:
Since 2009, THET Zambia has improved the number and quality of health workers in Zambia by supporting the training of health workers, building the capacity of departments and institutions and developing policies and systems to support the recruitment, deployment and retention of health workers.
Key areas of support have focused on improving capacity in the following areas:
Our achievements in training and education of health workers include:
Our achievements in building capacity at departmental, institutional and policy-maker level include:
Our achievements in informing and supporting the development of policy include: