Life isn’t easy in Zambia. Three out of four people live below the poverty line. One in eight adults has HIV/AIDS, and the disease has orphaned more than 600,000 children. One in fifteen babies will die before their first birthday.
Our country doesn’t have to be this way. Since 2006, ActionAid has been giving people in rural Zambia the support they need to work their way out of poverty.
You won’t find many hospitals in rural Zambia – or many doctors. There’s just one doctor for every 14,000 people. That means many people, especially children, die of diseases that could be treated or prevented altogether.
We’re training local people to give basic medical help and to teach their communities how to prevent common illnesses. We also support women with HIV and AIDS, who are often cut off from their communities.
Many families in Zambia can’t afford to send their children to school – and there aren’t nearly enough schools anyway.
We believe every child has the right to an education. We’re campaigning for more schools and teachers, and convincing local leaders how important it is for girls to go to school. We also run programmes to teach adults to read and write.
Extreme weather – from droughts to floods – means crops often fail in Zambia. Many people don’t have enough to eat.
We support people who’ve lost their homes and livelihoods in floods. We offer training and materials so they can build new homes, and seeds so they can start farming again.
Zambia at a glance
- Population: 13.8 million
- GDP per person: US$1,500
- Life expectancy: 51 men / 54 women
- Adult literacy: 87% men / 75% women