Zambia, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, has a population of over 16 million people and a life expectancy at birth of 59 years (male) and 65 years (female). Medical care in Zambia is free or heavily subsidized, though the country is piloting a Universal Health Insurance scheme in an effort to improve quality of care; Zambia continues to suffer from malaria and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as a significant growth in non-communicable diseases. The country joined the UHC Partnership in January 2016. WHO, through the UHC Partnership, has assisted the Ministry of Health in developing and implementing a National Health Strategic Plan (NHSP) 2017 – 2021. The simultaneous elaboration of a national compact aims to ensure harmonization of international aid, all aligned towards NHSP goals. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

Key Health Indicators Country Fact Sheet

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Apr 12, 2018

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Reports on Road Map Activities

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  • Finalized / In completion
  • On Track
  • Postponed
  • Cancelled
  • ER1 : Countries will have prepared/developed/updated/adapted their NHPSP through an inclusive policy dialogue process leading to better coverage with essential health services, financial risk protection and health equity
  • Support the Ministy of Health (MoH) to develop the National Health Strategic Plan 2017-2021
  • 100%
  • Technical assistance to the Ministry of National Development Planning to revise targets and indicators and to finalize the 7th National Development Plan volume II – implementation plan
  • 90%
  • ER2 : Countries will have put in place expertise, monitoring and evaluation systems and annual health sector reviews
  • Technical and financial support to the MoH to conduct Joint Annual Review
  • 20%
  • ER3 : Countries requesting health financing (HF) support will have modified their financing strategies and systems to move more rapidly towards universal coverage (UC), with a particular focus on the poor and vulnerable
  • Support the MoH to build capacity in HF and health policy analysis for Universal Health Coverage
  • 100%
  • Technical assistance to the MoH and Ministry of Justice to finalize the National Health Insurance Bill
  • 100%
  • Provided technical input to finalize the systems development roadmap for National Health Insurance
  • 95%
  • ER4 : Countries receiving HF support will have implemented financing reforms to facilitate UC
  • Institutionalization and development of National Health Accounts
  • 15%
  • Support the MoH to design and cost Basic Benefits Package for social health insurance
  • 10%
  • ER6 : At country level, alignment and harmonization of health aid according to national health plans is consolidated and accelerated
  • Support the MoH to coordinate and facilitate technical working group meetings, assign specific activities and tasks and generate evidence
  • 50%
  • Support the MoH to achieve optimal coordination with the health development partners by providing technical assistance to an inter-ministerial task force
  • 20%