MMI in Zambia

                                                                                                 GWEMBE VALLEY, ZAMBIA

                                                                                                 GWEMBE VALLEY, ZAMBIA

MMI's project site in Zambia is situated in the Sinazongwe District of the Gwembe Valley. The idea for building the Matambo Village Clinic started in the heart of Bishop Albert Muleya. He was living in Matambo Village at the time, and his daughter was bitten by a snake. The closest clinic or medical facility was an hour away by foot, so she did not survive. Bishop Albert Muleya started praying for a clinic in the village. He works with Harvest for Christ International Ministries and approached his partner ministries to assist in making his prayer a reality. 40/40 Africa Vision Foundation came alongside him and drew up plans for the clinic. Bishop Albert Muleya donated his family land for the building of the clinic, and 40/40 Africa Vision Foundation built the shell of the building.

Then Christ Temple Christ from Huntington West Virginia USA came on board and has since assisted in completing the building – putting in windows, floors, toilets, electrical wiring and a water pump system, as well as plastering and painting. They are in the process of upgrading one of the rooms to accommodate eye surgery in the near future.

The clinic does not have full time staff yet, and MMI has been the first medical team to consistently provide medical and dental care to Matambo Village and the surrounding area since 2013. Training of the staff of Christ Temple Church Huntington West Virginia has been done by MMI to maintain continuity of care and procedures set in place by the MMI teams, and the church has been sending small medical teams to the clinic since 2016 to continue providing care and support for the area.

The future plans for MMI in Zambia is to bring an eye team to the clinic in 2019. The need is huge, as there is no access for the people of the area to any form of eye care.

Peta-Ann Schmidt leads the MMI teams in Zambia. With her support, we are a long step closer to expanding our health care services to the patients who are in need the most.  Peta-Ann Schmidt also leads MMI’s projects in Rwanda and Mozambique. She is a physical therapist working in private practice in her native South Africa. Peta-Ann found out about MMI through our website and participated as a volunteer on a project in Peru in 2005. She is excited about the opportunity to serve the people of southern Africa in such an effective way.

    Peta-Ann Schmidt from South Africa leading the MMI Zambia Team

    Peta-Ann Schmidt from South Africa leading the MMI Zambia Team

Project Site:

 

Gwembe Valley


Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. The Sinazongwe District in the Gwembe Valley, where MMI is active, is in the Southeast of Southern Province, in the Zambezi Valley. This district has a population of 107 695 people. Due to the great population numbers, and the distance to the limited number of health centres in the area, there is a huge need for accessible health care, and health education within this community.

* Project Description: To provide needed medical and dental services to the community of Matambo in the Gwembe Valley, Zambia over a two week period using North American volunteers in collaboration with the local leaders and pastors of Matambo and 40/40 Africa Vision Foundation.

Elevation
329 m (1,079 ft.) - 2,301 m (7,549 ft.)

Climate
The climate is tropical, hot and dry.
Average min and max temperatures in Choma, Zambia

Footage provided by Jeff Davis, MMI Participant

Travelling on a Project

Entry & Exit Requirements


Travelers must present a passport, which must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of expected departure. Two blank pages are required in the passport.

Visas are required and can be obtained at the port of entry or in advance. A Tourist Visa or Visitor Visa is required. A single-entry visa costs $50 USD.

If participants wish to see Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side (Livingstone), a multiple-entry visa ($80 USD) is required. Participants can view Victoria Falls from the Zambia side with a single-entry visa.

• Americans: see the US State Department website:
https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/zambia.html
Participants can pre-submit their visa application by sending the completed application, passport, and required documentation. To apply for a visa in advance, go to:
http://www.zambiaembassy.org/page/visa-application

• Canadians: see the Government of Canada website:
https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/zambia
Participants can pre-submit their visa application by sending the completed application, passport, and required documentation to the High Commission. To apply for a visa in advance, go to:
https://zambiahighcommission.ca/wp/consular-services-hdr/consular-services-foreigners/

• International: Please contact MMI office or Raptim Humanitarian Travel for visa requirement if needed.

Application Requirements


Please email ALL CREDENTIALS upon application, as these must go to the Project Director in the country to be translated and then taken to the Ministry of Health to get temporary licenses prior to your arrival.

• For everyone, we need:
- Colour Scan / Photocopy of Passport (photo page)
- Colour photo for your name badge (any good photo, we can adjust size)
- Travel Itinerary
- Supply Lists

• Medical Professionals, we also need your:
- Current License (through time of project)
- Diploma (Techs, Nursing, Dental, MD and Board Certifications)
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume (this also will help the Project Director know your skills & experience to assign you a task on the project, especially for 1st time participants)

• Health Care Students: Letter of Good Standing from your school (including year of study and graduation date).

• All MINORS travelling with only one parent, or without their parents, will need a letter from BOTH parents stating that it is OK for the child to travel with one parent or an appointed guardian. The letter should be signed and notarized. MMI needs a copy of this letter, and the parent or guardian should carry the orignial letter while travelling.

Travel


Once you have been accepted on the project, you can contact our designated travel agency to arrange your travel and coordinate your arrival the team.

Raptim Humanitarian Travel: www.raptim.org

• US Applicants: Travel costs are arranged directly with the travel agent and are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “Serve Team 2”: ServeTeam2.us@raptim.org
Direct Toll Free: 1-844-882-3233 and ask for the agents by name or extension.
Lead Agents – Claudia (ext. 13302), or Michael (ext. 15004).

• Canadian Applicants: Donations to MMI for travel are in addition to the Participant Project Donation.
Contact our “We Partner” team: wepartner.na@raptim.org
905-465-4300 or Toll Free: 1-844-442-6978 & ask for the agents by name.
Lead Agents - Anca (ext. 32327), or Connie (ext. 31771).

• International Applicants: Travel arrangement can be procured locally or following the Canadian instructions above.

• Airport: Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) (formerly Livingstone Airport), Zambia

Immunizations


We strongly recommend that you consult a travel clinic, as they are aware of outbreaks and can suggest preventative immunizations. All routine immunizations should be up-to-date. Please check the following website for the most current information.

• Americans: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/zambia

• Canadians: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/tmp-pmv/countries-pays/country-pays-eng.php?id=286

Accommodations and Meals


MMI will arrange local accommodations for the team.
• Laundry Service: usually available for additional fee
• AC: dependent on location
• Phone Service: check with your cell phone provider, roaming is very expensive. Your cell will work in the US, so you may want to have it with you as you travel.
• Wifi/Internet: dependent on locations
• Voltage: 220V (converter or adaptor required).
• Meals: MMI will provide meals for the team. Dietary restrictions can be indicated on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Be sure to bring your own re-usable water bottle with a wide mouth for refilling. Purified water is supplied.

Culture

• Language: Bembe, Nyanja, Tonga and indigenous languages
• Religion:
- Protestant: 75.3%
- Roman Catholic: 20.2%
- Others: 2.7%
• Government: Presidential Republic

Currency


The money in Zambia is called the Zambian Kwacha (ZMK). MMI staff will help you exchange money. All major credit cards are accepted - Visa and MasterCard the most widely accepted (make sure to call your credit card company and let them know that you’ll be traveling internationally). Traveler’s cheques are not easily cashed. You must bring US dollars in good condition. Torn, stamped or old bills will not be exchanged. $100 bills older than 2006 are also not accepted.

       Elizabeth Seunarine, MMI Director of Integrated Health Services

       Elizabeth Seunarine, MMI Director of Integrated Health Services

About Zambia

COUNTRY BACKGRound

The territory of Northern Rhodesia was administered by the former British South Africa Company from 1891 until it was taken over by the UK in 1923. During the 1920s and 1930s, advances in mining spurred development and immigration. The name was changed to Zambia upon independence in 1964. In the 1980s and 1990s, declining copper prices, economic mismanagement, and a prolonged drought hurt the economy. Elections in 1991 brought an end to one-party rule and propelled the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to government. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, a Zambian politician, has been the President of Zambia since January 2015.

GEOGRAPHY

LOCATION:

Southern Africa, east of Angola, south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

GEOGRAPHIC COORDINATES:

15 00 S, 30 00 E

MAP REFERENCES:

Africa

 

LAND BOUNDARIES:

TOTAL:

6,043.15 km

BORDER COUNTRIES:

Angola 1,065 km, Botswana 0.15 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,332 km, Malawi 847 km, Mozambique 439 km, Namibia 244 km, Tanzania 353 km, Zimbabwe 763 km

COASTLINE:

0 km (landlocked)

MARITIME CLAIMS:

none (landlocked)

CLIMATE:

Tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (October to April)

TERRAIN:

Mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains

ELEVATION EXTREMES:

LOWEST POINT:

Zambezi river - 329 m

HIGHEST POINT:

Mafinga Hills - 2,301 m

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