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The Zambian Nursing Shortage

Our first beneficiary is The University Teaching Hospital is Lusaka, Zambia.  The Hospital and region are in desperate need of funding for nursing staff.  In most cases, a nurse is the highest level professional addressing the medical needs of patients from infants to the elderly in clinics across Zambia.

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia, is the largest hospital in Zambia and the main referral hospital for the whole country. At UTH, a nurse is normally paid between $5,000 and $7,000 a year, and this usually means taking care of between 50 and 100 patients by themselves each day. Many areas of the hospital are in desperate need for more staff, and this need is felt most strong in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). In the NICU, the mortality rate is 40%, rate of nfection is 33%, and the nurse to baby ratio is 1 to 45. Each nurse we sponsor, will help all of these statistics dramatically.

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One year’s salary for a nurse at the Hospital is just $7,000.00 USD.  We are asking corporate sponsors to donate this amount which, in turn, compensates 700 student volunteer hours.  These locally performed volunteer hours benefit the Columbus community.  The dollars ‘earned’ answer great human need on the other side of the world.

Thanks to our kids here, kids there have a greater chance of receiving qualified medical attention.

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