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Boosting Zambia’s Capacity to Improve Health Outcomes


  • SBH aimed to improve Zambian health services.
  • The project worked on health system management and RMNCAH&N.
  • SBH strengthened health systems and helped develop tools for RMNCAH&N management.
The Challenge

Zambia’s economy has grown in recent years, although approximately two-thirds of the country lives in poverty. Improving and expanding health services to all requires strengthening the country’s health systems. A particular concern is improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition (RMNCAH&N) services.

The Approach

In Phase 1, Abt and our partners worked in five provinces to increase:

  • Retention of HIV and AIDS patients an antiretroviral therapy
  • Use of modern contraceptives
  • Deliveries assisted by a medically trained provider
  • Proportion of fully immunized children aged 12 to 23 months.

In Phase 2, SBH supported the RMNCAH&N Continuum of Care (CoC) program. We provided technical assistance to 70 district health offices in six provinces on performance management, public financial management, and data for decision-making for the RMNCAH&N CoC program.

The Results

Results for Phase 1 included production of several key Ministry of Health national guidance documents and strengthened health systems and community structures for improved delivery of quality services. Results for Phase 2 included contributing to the development and implementation of tools to improve evidence-based RMNCAH&N planning and performance and financial management.

  • Learn more about our work in Zambia.