Project Description

Caring for the Critically Ill

Knowledge and skills in the area of emergency care is crucial in Zambia to ensure the overall health and well-being of its citizens. Trauma injuries result in more than 80% of avoidable deaths and are a pressing concern for many Low and Middle Income Countries. The provision of timely treatment during life-threatening emergencies is often not a priority. Many healthcare providers in Zambia don’t have specific training in emergency medicine.

OkaZHI’s Emergency program focuses on ‘Emergency fundamentals,’ which have become a dynamic and expanding part of the OkaZHI educational curriculum. Through many years of collaboration with our Zambian colleagues, it was identified that there is a need for innovative education on fundamental aspects of emergency medicine within the Western Province of Zambia. As a result, 2016 marked the launch of our formal interdisciplinary emergency fundamentals training program in Mongu, Zambia.

The primary objective of our teachings is to build a sustainable foundation of individuals with emergency medicine training, so local healthcare leaders can continue with emergency fundamental teachings in the future.

Previous Work

  • Developed 5-day hands on emergency fundamentals course with corresponding course manual in Spring of 2016 and 2017:
    • Education for nearly 100 local healthcare professionals
    • Topics included; primary assessment framework, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, triage and care for specific populations.
    • Courses included guest lectures from Zambian healthcare professionals, in order to provide local expertise and context.

Future Work

  • Ongoing education and skill building in the area of emergent care for healthcare providers in Zambia
  • Skype educational sessions on identified emergency care case scenarios
  • We are actively recruiting new ‘Emergency Care’ volunteers with expertise in the following disciplines: paramedics, respiratory therapists, physicians, and nurses.

Program Lead: Victoria Frost

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[The OkaZHI] program should never end. It makes health care delivery better by reducing the mortality and morbidity, and also cost-effective as referrals are reduced.


Keep up the great education and motivational work. I can see the hospital improving bit by bit and the patients benefiting from your dedicated work.



Okazhi’s mission is carried out by the hard work of our volunteers and we are always looking to expand our team worldwide. Although we are recruiting healthcare disciplines, we are also in great need of all professions and skillsets to achieve our mission.