Zambia’s policy to educate all of its children is badly undermined by poor health. Although more than 80% of Zambian children attend school, far fewer excel because so many are sick. Afflicting many children are common childhood illnesses, infections, water borne illnesses and the like. Problems that often times can be treated easily and inexpensively with proper care.
High Morbidity and Poor Healthcare Utilization Among School-Aged Children
Despite the availability of free primary healthcare, most school-aged children will remain sick for weeks or even months before accessing medical care for their illnesses. According to a health needs assessment by our partners at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as many as 40% of Lusaka's poorest school children have preventable and treatable illnesses and 36% show signs of stunting that hinder their physical and mental development.
Although more than 90% of Zambian children enroll in school,
47 percent fail to complete up to grade 7
School Children Are a Neglected Population in
In Zambia, low-income families give priority to caring for the health of their youngest children, and parents expect school children to be responsible for taking care of themselves when they are ill. Because the majority of global health programs focus on children under five and adolescents, primary school-aged children have become a critically neglected population.
Zambia has fewer than 1 doctor for every 5,000 people
STATISTICS ON ZAMBIA
Zambian citizens making less than $1.50 per day
Zambian citizens 14 years or less in age
Prevelance of HIV/AIDS in Zambia
There are an estimated 700,000 Zambian children orphaned
as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic
IMPACT OF HIV/AIDS ON CHILDREN
The HIV/AIDS epidemic has hindered development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and with almost 1 in 7 people HIV positive, Zambia is no exception.
It is estimated that there are almost 700,000 orphans due to AIDS in Zambia alone. Poverty and illness have left many families broken and made millions of children at-risk for developing severe and chronic illnesses, dropping out of school and failing to achieve their potential.