King’s Zambia Partnership

The King’s Zambia Partnership builds on the successes of a 10-year partnership between Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Ndola Teaching Hospital, a 760-bed provincial tertiary referral hospital, and the Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital (ADCH), a 260-bed provincial tertiary referral paediatric hospital, both of which are situated in the Copperbelt Province in the North West of Zambia.

Zambia has a high burden of disease, mainly characterised by a high prevalence of communicable diseases, particularly HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and malaria. In addition, the country is facing a rapidly rising burden of non-communicable diseases, including mental health, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, cardio-vascular diseases and high maternal, neonatal and child morbidities and mortalities.

King’s Global Health Partnerships is supporting the government’s intention to address the gaps in human resources for health which hinder the delivery of quality health care.   Zambia has approximately half the number of health professionals it needs. The shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives in Zambia is about 14,960 and is felt most keenly in rural areas where few people with the right skills wish to work.

The King’s Zambia Partnership supports the development of skills of health professionals and improvements to clinical services, hospital management, undergraduate and postgraduate specialist training and research.

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon (2 Positions Available)

King’s Global Health Partnerships are looking to recruit two experienced Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeons to provide in-country training and remote mentoring to surgeons at Ndola Teaching Hospital in Ndola, Zambia.

This opportunity has several components, including a series of virtual meetings to be held within the UK, and trips to Ndola to provide supervision and mentorship to in-country teams who specialise in laparoscopic cholecystectomy. In addition, KGHP are hoping to fundraise for a return trip for Zambian clinicians where they will be able to undertake a UK based observership with King’s Health Partner Trusts.

Proposed Timetable of Activities

December 2020 – May 2021: a series of virtual meetings between the UK team and Ndola Teaching Hospital team to establish detail of issues and proposed trips.

March -May 2021: one week visit to Ndola Teaching Hospital. Ndola Teaching Hospital surgeons to have lined up a laparoscopic cholecystectomy week with laparoscopic cholecystectomy for four days with time for feedback on day 5.

October 2021: return trip to further develop and support training and practices

Late 2021 /2022: proposed partnership visit to King's Health Partners Trusts for surgical team to observe UK practices.

2022-2023: further 1-2-week visits, aiming for 2 visits per year.


Next steps
 For more information on the role, please consult the role description

All volunteer roles are appointed following an application and interview process, scheduled for a few days after the application deadline. If you are interested in applying, please submit a C.V. and a cover letter to KGHP@kcl.ac.uk. Please name the subject of your email clearly with “Volunteer Application for Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon”. The deadline for applications is 23:59 at 05/11/2020.

For more information on the role, please consult the role description

Next steps

All volunteer roles are appointed following an application and interview process, scheduled for a few days after the application deadline. If you are interested in applying, please submit a C.V. and a cover letter to KGHP@kcl.ac.uk. Please name the subject of your email clearly with “Volunteer Application for Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon”. The deadline for applications is 23:59 at 05/11/2020.