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Zambia flagCountry Profile

Capital: Lusaka

Language: English

Population: 15 million

Plan International has been working in Zambia since 1996, helping children access their rights to education, health, food security and income. We work in 46 communities, covering 400,000 people in more than 44,000 households.

Over the past few years, Plan Zambia has increased support of children’s right to protection, and is now one of the leaders on this issue.

A teenage girl sitting at her school desk.
Two mothers holding their young babies
A little girl standing against a blue wall

Plan international's core areas of activity include:

Economic security
Economic security
Child protection
Child protection

3 reasons why your support is so important:

  • 36% of families do not have access to clean water and 58% do not have decent sanitation, putting children’s health at risk
  • Less than half of children make the transition to secondary school.
  • Zambia has one of the world’s highest HIV rates, with around 30,300 deaths each year.

How your support is helping Zambia:

  • Promoting the rights of children by increasing the level of child participation in communities through youth clubs, and community-led campaigns.
  • Supporting early childhood care and development to ensure children are provided the opportunity for quality education at an early age.
  • Projects that support the management of childhood illnesses, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS, and offering sexual and reproductive health services to the communities where we work.
  • Helping youth and women gain life skills by establishing village savings and loans associations (VSLAs) and providing advanced business training to help maintain help levels of employment.
  • Increasing access to safe water, appropriate hygiene and sanitation facilities.
  • Improving access to sexual reproductive health information and services for adolescents and youth.

Country Comparison

People living in poverty 61% 9%
Mortality of children under 5 87 deaths /1000 births 5 deaths /1000 births
Life expectancy 58 years 81 years

(World Bank, CIA World Factbook, World Health Organization)

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