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.
Mwandi district, Western Province
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...
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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.