About Zambia

Zambia is a landlocked country in the south-central of Africa. Large parts of the country are thinly populated. Much of population is concentrated in the country’s most developed area around the Copperbelt with Lusaka, the capital, and with the border town of Livingstone. Its neighbours include, United Republic of Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are 72 languages in Zambia with 7 languages being the most common regional languages. 

These are Bemba, Nyanja, Kaonde, Lozi, Tonga, Luvale and Lunda. According to the, as at 2016, Zambia’s population was 16.59 million. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that in 2011, $1,280 was the per capital income:  Life expectancy at birth for women/men: was 49/49 yrs respectively. Under 5 mortality was 84/1000 live births. Zambia has extraordinarily rich tourism sceneries. According to, Zambia is home to the legendary African walking safari, Victoria Falls, the wild Zambezi River, abundant wildlife, and raw wilderness, all in one friendly country.

Sickle Cell Disease in Zambia

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is common throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, affecting up to 3% of births in some parts of the continent.  Like most countries, there are no conclusive data information in Zambia to show the SCD prevalence. According to Piel, Steinberg & Rees 2017, In 2015, there were about 1001 to 10000 birth of children born with SCA in Zambia and surrounding countries. Although there is enough evidence to justify investments in screening, prophylaxis, and treatment for African children with SCD, better data are needed to estimate the numbers of child deaths preventable by such interventions and their cost effectiveness. 

In a study conducted by Sinkala et al 2018 to examine access to health service for young children with sickle cell anaemia in Chilubi district in the Northern Province of Zambia, they found that most of the participating parents had poor knowledge about sickle cell anaemia (SCA). Of the 40 interviewed mothers of under-5 children with SCA, only 24 could name an example of the type of sickle cell crises that could lead to death in young children. SERI is here to ensure people in communities like Chilubi district have SCD information translated in their local languages so that issues like this are avoided in future. 


SCD treatment Centres in Zambia.

Currently there are three SCD treatment centres in Zambia. The following are the addresses and contact details:

 The University Teaching Hospital

Address: Nationalist road Lusaka

Tel: +260 211 251451

Lusaka Zambia

Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital

Address :North Rise, Boundary Road

Tel: +260 21 2640206

Ndola, Copperbelt, Zambia

Kitwe Central Hospital

Address: Kuomboka Drive

Tel: +260 212 224 365

Kitwe, Copperbelt, Zambia

Meet our Zambian Team

Dr Catherine Chunda

Dr Chunda is an experienced Pediatrician with a demonstrated history of working in the public/ private health industry. Skilled in Clinical Research, Medical Education, Epidemiology, Pediatrics, and Medicine. Strong healthcare services professional graduated from University of Zambia-School of Medicine and University of London. 

Lwimba Kasongo

Lwimba kasongo,  been living with sickle cell for over  30 years! She calls herself a fighter because of the things she had to overcome despite the challenges surrounding the disease . She is currently avolunteer for UTH and Levy Mwanawasa Hospital, as a way of helping her fellow warriors, because she understands their struggle too well. Through her testimony she encourages others who are walking the same journey! she also carries out alot of awereness programs on tv, radio, as well as at our schools and maintain her  facebook page.
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Ketty Chunga-Besa

Ketty Chunga-Besa holds a post graduate Diploma in project management from the national institute for public administration, is also a psychotherapist +to professional counsellor (PsyD) from zambian Institute for Medical and Psychological Studies. A mother and a wife living with sickle cell HbSC. Currently serving as a projects and programs coordinator at ZIMPS. founder of the Zambia sickle cell anemia society and serving as chairperson, founding member of the Youth2Youth Empowerment Initiative. Her free time is dedicated to the sickle cell advocacy works, as it’s a cause that resonates well with her passion, it’s this cause that pushed her to start up the sickle cell society . She’s currently been committed to mental health as a part-time Youth Trainer at kalingalinga community centre in Lusaka Zambia. 

Mary Sondashi

Mary Sondashi is a passionate individual ready to support people living with sickle cell disease. Mary has a sickle cell trait and she ensured that she had her husband tested before they started having a family. Because the husband does not carry this gene, it means that her children are not a risk of carrying sickle cell disease. She will however ensure that her children are tested for the gene to know their sickle cell status. Having a niece who had sickle cell disease Mary has experienced first hand the effects of living with sickle cell disease. Mary helped caring for her niece on numerous times  during hospital admissions and so she is here to advocate for people affected by this disease. Mary is currently studying for the Bachelors degree in accounting. In her spare time, she loves watching movies, travelling and listening to music.

Margaret Chalunguma

Mrs Margaret Chalunguma is an entrepreneur, Creative Director of Awesome Decor and Events Management. She is also a Property Developer at Lago Sul Resources Ltd Managing Partner – Haven Luxury Apartments. Maggie is Passionate about helping the less privileged in Society and current she serves as a Chairperson for Lusaka Ladies Circle No.4. Maggie is a mother to three beautiful children. Maggie has been a support over the years to Agnes and Family over the years when they were going through the illness of their daughter who had Sickle Cell Anaemia. Her hobbies include traveling, Cooking, helping the underprivileged in Society.