Project #128 | Empowering Health Education in Zambia
Our partnership with Healthy Kids/Brighter Future
In Zambia, although 90% of children register for school, almost half drop out before completing grade 7, and a third regularly suffer from repeated illness and stunting that disrupts their learning and development. School absence because of illness is a major problem, and as many as 40% of Lusaka’s poorest children regularly suffer from treatable illnesses. Healthcare is available and free, but mistrust of government clinics, failure of parents to know when their children are sick, and a host of other issues work to the detriment of children’s health.
We partnered with Healthy Kids/Brighter Future to improve the way communities care for children through integrated school health. Our partnership aided in the implementation of school-based healthcare at two government primary schools in the Mandevu community of Lusaka to serve more than 5,000 children. Teachers were trained as School Health Workers (SHWs) to actively monitor and respond to children’s health needs, and facility staff were trained as mentors to provide technical support to SHWs. This program brings school administrators, clinic professionals, and community leaders together to make school children’s health as a priority. The result: better health for children, improved school outcomes, and better monitoring of children’s wellbeing.
Our collective impact
School Health Workers Trained
Children Received Healthcare
Betty is 15 years old and attends Ng’ombe Basic Primary School. In 2017, one of Betty’s teachers noticed changes in her behavior and attitude; Betty would become moody and occasionally exhibit behavior inappropriate for a school setting. The School Health Worker sought to help Betty with counseling to find the root of the issue. Upon realizing the situation was beyond her capacity as a School Health Worker, Mrs. Nyanga suggested to Betty’s mother that she take her daughter for medical examination at the Ng’ombe Health Center. In February, Betty was diagnosed with a mental health disorder. She was then sent to Chainama Hospital for specialized treatment. Today, Betty has greatly improved and been able to return to school. Had it not been for the training provided by Healthy Kids Brighter Future and the commitment of the School Health Worker, Betty would have continued suffering from her mental illness and likely dropped out of school. Betty dreams of becoming a medical practitioner after completing grade twelve so that she can dedicate herself to serving people in Zambia suffering from similar health complications.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our children’s health fund.