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Our Projects

From solar power to new hospital construction, Mwandi Hospital American Partners has helped to fund many important projects for the people of Mwandi.
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Meet Our Team

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for the residents of Mwandi by providing funding for the Mwandi Mission Hospital. Learn about us and meet our team!
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Get Involved

Your donation goes far. If you'd like to get involved with Mwandi Hospital American Partners, we'd love to hear from you. Please donate, or get in touch with us us today.

Zambia

Mwandi district, Western Province

Livingstone

Victoria Falls

Lusaka

Funding sustainable, life-saving health solutions for the Mwandi community

We ask you to join us in our effort to deliver critical healthcare services to the impoverished yet vibrant community of Mwandi through our partnership with Mwandi Mission Hospital today.

How We Help

We exist to make a difference in the life of Zambians by improving their quality of life through investing in healthcare. Here's what we fund and how we help...

Clean Water

Access to clean water is essential. In Zambia, more than one third of the population does not have access to clean water

Respond to Emergency Needs

Address critical shortages in necessary medical supplies, PPE, and equipment

Sustainable Energy

We focus on funding solar energy solutions that help provide reliable, sustainable energy

Medical Inventory

Maintain proper inventories of common medicine as well as less common but essential medicine and supplies

Construction Upgrades and Renovation of Existing Facilities

We focus on funding important and mission-critical infrastructure, remodeling, improvements, and repairs

Coordinate Medical Teams

Manage schedules of visiting teams and arrange housing

Providing quality healthcare to the people in Western Province Zambia, Mwandi District is a vision we share with our local partners in Zambia. Our role in supporting that vision is to raise funds to enable the enhancement and expansion of the hospital’s infrastructure and technologies and to provide specialty healthcare services.

Our Vision

For Mwandi Hospital

Did you know?

Major Issues In Mwandi:

The UCZ Mwandi Mission Hospital is the primary healthcare facility in the Mwandi District with a population of about 30,000 people. Most of the population subsist by farming and fishing and earn less than the international poverty line of $1.90 USD/day. The Mwandi lies near the edge of the Kalihari desert, and its environment is harsh. Indeed, Mwandi would probably be a desert were it not for the Zambezi River. The Lozi people who are the primary inhabitants of Zambia’s Western Province deal with severe drought or flooding and the consequent crop failures on a regular basis. Malnutrition, especially for children and pregnant women, is a major health issue. Communicable diseases, including COVID-19, HIV, TB, and malaria, as well as growing levels of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, require many resources from the 80-bed hospital and its limited staff. Government grants for basic hospital operations are unpredictable and insufficient, particularly with the current rate of inflation, which reached an all-time high of 24.6% in July 2021.

Clean water is challenging to access. Without it, children—especially girls—spend their days traveling to and from distant boreholes, to the detriment of their education. For 85 percent of the population, water sources are contaminated, and most people do not treat it before use. Many schools and health facilities have neither safe water nor adequate sanitation.

Supplying electrical power to the hospital is a major challenge to providing healthcare to patients. For many years, at least 43% of the hospital’s operating budget was consumed by its electricity bill from ZESCO (Zambia Electrical Supply Company). Frequently the hospital is unable to cover the costs of electrical power and meet other operating expenses such as food and medicines. Consequently, the hospital’s overdue ZESCO bills accumulated. Recent droughts exacerbated the problem because ZESCO imposed mandatory power outages (up to 18 hours per day) in many areas of the country and increasing its tariffs on electricity to the point that almost all of the hospitals operating budget was consumed by the costs of electricity. An alternative source of power became a critical need.

The first phase of the American Partners’ solar project was completed in September 2018, with solar panels installed on the roof of the main hospital building and deep-cycle batteries activated. The main building now gets 56% of its power from the solar system and ensures that the general care of ward patients has not and will not be impacted by ZESCO outages. Because of the success of Phase 1, the next phase of the project has been initiated to expand solar coverage and increase the efficiency of the solar system.

Your Donation Makes a Big Difference

We greatly appreciate your donation. Your donation, no matter how big or small, helps the community of Mwandi in a huge way.