Stories: Zambia

  • The Road Not Traveled

    Last summer, when 8-year-old Enock Mwale showed surgeon Goran Jovic his scars from a fire that mutilated his left hand, it was the first time he had ever seen a doctor. The problem, however, was not just the child's immobile hand, his fingers scarred together in a near fist -- the real issue was that the accident had...

  • Back to school in Zambia

    Reading The White Masai for #travelbookclub brought back lots of memories of my trips to Africa last year and I spent some time looking through my photos from South Africa and Zambia. It was only then that I realised how many stories I hadn’t had time to share when I got home, so I thought I would address...

  • Church-State Partnerships Aid Malaria Fight in Rural Africa

    When Silumesii Mubiana’s 86-year-old uncle fell ill with hypertension, Mubiana bypassed closer government-run hospitals, traveling instead to the church-run Macha Mission Hospital 25 miles away. Mubiana said the reason was simple: At the Macha hospital, patients receive better care. “There’s negligence in government hospitals,” Mubiana said as two kittens scurried about and doctors made...

  • Why I Am Grateful for Traveling to Africa

      I have written before that only a few short years ago I never wanted to visit Africa because I believed what the media fed me about the continent. I believed that Africa was full of child soldiers and brutal dictators. Ibelieved that diseases were rife across the continent. I believed that every country...

  • Inside a Malaria Treatment Center

    I have been told enough harrowing personal stories and have read enough reports to understand contracting malaria isn’t a cakewalk. And for children (especially those under the age of five) and expectant mothers malaria can be deadly. Fortunately with rapid diagnosis and malaria treatments children as well as adults can experience speedy recoveries from a disease that is...

  • Family Planning Kits from Ethiopia, Zambia, South Africa

    I have been fortunate to visit health posts and family planning clinics in a handful of countries. One of the things I always ask to see while visiting are family planning kits used for educational purposes for clients. Some of the kits have been fancy, others have been fairly rudimentary, but they all serve the same purpose: educating women about...

  • AIDS Prevention: Africa’s Circumcision Challenge

    Marvin is 22 years old, single and — like many men of his age — thinking about girlfriends. But for the next six weeks, he will have to give his love life a rest. On this sunny morning in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, Marvin is waiting to get circumcised. Along with three of his friends, he sits tensely on a bench...

  • New Report Highlights Motherhood in Childhood

    When I traveled throughout Tanzania and Zambia recently I noticed young mothers at every turn. With sleeping babies closely wrapped on their backs I often thought how fortunate these girls were to have survived a pregnancy and delivery at such a young age and then my thoughts would wander off thinking how many children might they already have at...

  • Walking Through a Medical Supplies Warehouse in Zambia

    In Zambia there is one central location where over 600 medicines are stored for distribution throughout the country. I was recently in Zambia as a guest of Malaria No More and its new campaign, Power of One that ensures that with a small $1 donation a Zambian child will receive a full course of malaria treatment and...

  • Getting Malaria Medicines to Children in Zambia

    If I weren’t a writer, I would work in the logistics industry in some capacity. I relish discovering how products are efficiently routed from Point A to Point B from international mail to emergency food aid, to domestic consumer goods. That is why I was like a kid in the candy store when I visited the Central Medical...