The King’s Zambia Partnership builds on the successes of a 10-year partnership between Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT), the Ndola Teaching Hospital (NTH), a 760-bed provincial tertiary referral hospital, and the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADCH), a 260-bed provincial tertiary referral paediatric hospital, both of which are situated in the Copperbelt Province in the North West of Zambia.
King's Global Health Partnerships (KGHP) is supporting the development of skills of health professionals and improvements to clinical services, hospital management, undergraduate and postgraduate specialist training, and research.
Zambia has a high burden of disease, mainly characterised by a high prevalence of communicable diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and malaria. In addition, the country is facing a rapidly rising burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and high maternal, neonatal and child morbidities and mortalities.
KGHP is supporting the government’s work to address the gaps in human resources for health which hinder the delivery of quality health care. Zambia has approximately half the number of health professionals it needs. The shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives in Zambia is about 14,960 and is felt most keenly in rural areas. Our partners have a strong ambition to improve the quality of care across the Copperbelt region and beyond.
Impacts from the past 10 years
Patient safety, health worker safety and infection control
Initially funded by WHO, followed by THET, this project led to the implementation of an infection control governance structure at Ndola Teaching Hospital, and the safe surgical checklist. Improvements were also implemented in microbiology laboratory testing procedures, and a hepatitis B vaccination programme for staff. The hospital now produces alcohol hand gel for itself and nearby hospitals.
Work started with the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital, providing training in low-cost approaches to reducing mortality as part of ‘Helping Babies Breathe’ project, and focusing on infection control.
Sickle Cell Disease
This was a focussed project at Arthur Davison Children's Hospital on sickle cell diagnosis, establishment of an outpatient clinic and a psychosocial group.