Information for Patients
In comparison to its neighboring countries, Zambia has a well provided and comprehensive healthcare system in both the public and private sector. While typical with many middle-income countries, there are key gaps within the rural areas where the capital such as Lusaka has a higher concentration of quality hospitals. The health system in Zambia is divided into three tiers – 1st level (community level – District hospitals), 2nd level (Provincial level – general hospitals) and 3rd level (specialist hospitals). There are general inequalities in healthcare provision in the cities in comparison to the rural areas due to wealth and income as well.
Information for Health Care Professionals
All approval and consultations are required to be done via the Zambian Embassy or representation within your jurisdiction. Please consult both the local Zambian embassy/consulate as well as the representative of a key Zambian Medical society in order to understand the requirements needed to practice medicine in Zambia.
English is the language of instruction for medical education in Zambia.
Information for Travelers
Medical tourism does occur to Zambia’s private sector and clinics due to the quality of service they provide in comparison to neighboring countries such as Zimbabwe. Expats can utilize the public services, but it is recommended that one to take on private health insurance coverage. The official languages of Zambia but like many countries in South Central Africa, the country is multilingual with Nyanja, Bemba and Lozi spoken in key parts of the country, in addition to an array of other languages. Nonetheless, all medical professionals speak fluent English.
Yellow fever vaccinations along with certificate is required prior to arrival in the country. Hepatitis A and B, along with Cholera, shots are recommended prior to arrival. Malarial tablets are also recommended.
Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: https://www.moh.gov.zm