Zambia has made significant improvements in reducing mortality rates related to infectious diseases over the last decade. However, the country is experiencing a shifting burden of disease, with a growing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, that its health workforce is not prepared to address. Shortages of physicians are especially acute in rural areas, where the bulk of Zambia’s populace is concentrated.
In 2010, a diverse group of representatives from various departments within the University of Zambia’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health began laying the groundwork for a postgraduate family medicine training program with the aim of developing physicians who could treat a wide array of medical conditions across the lifespan. The new specialty would be well-suited to administer preventive and curative care in both urban and rural settings.
Based on this expressed need in the country, Seed Global Health (Seed) partners with:
The University of Zambia (UNZA)
Seed works with UNZA’s School of Public Health to support the emergence of the family medicine program which first began enrolling graduates in January 2019.
The training of family medicine specialists and placement at the district level hospitals will:
- Allow patients to continuously access quality care closer to their homes, while reducing the number of referrals to the provincial and central hospitals
- Lessen the financial burden and time lost at secondary and tertiary hospitals that are further away from most people’s residences and places of work