Health education is a crucial factor in improving the quality of life of people living in Siavonga. The Partnership aims to facilitate this in a variety of ways. Workshops with women’s groups have been very successful in delivering information on a vast array of topics ranging from HIV/AIDS to post—natal checks and from mental health issues to tackling the negative social stigma surrounding disabilities.
First aid techniques were introduced by the Partnership to the area, which previously had no information on how to deal with fractures, breathlessness, choking and so on. Each year, a medical student from Swansea University is sent to Siavonga District Hospital to gain valuable work experience and to assist the staff. Talks are held at schools to raise awareness of the importance of contraception and other health issues facing communities such as malaria, cholera, teenage pregnancy and alcoholism.