Zambia

Zambia

WOW’s work in Zambia began in 2002 with an HIV and AIDS conference in which hundreds of pastors and church leaders from across the country attended. It was here that WOW began the mobilization of a greater, national church response to the growing AIDS pandemic. From there, WOW guided and funded a denominational AIDS department not just in Zambia, but in Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. As WOW met with various church leaders, and high level personnel from national and multi-lateral organizations, local champions began to emerge. Eventually, by 2004, WOW’s first grassroots, community transformation project took shape through the local church leadership in the Kabwe area. Now, WOW has worked and continues to work with a number of communities in Zambia.

Statistics:

  • Population: 13.4 million
  • Population 0-14 years: 46.2%
  • Human Development Index (HDI) rank: 164
  • Life expectancy at birth: 49
  • Literacy Rate: 86.8% male, 74.8% female
  • Average annual income per person: US$881
  • HIV and AIDS prevalence rate: 13.5%
  • Government: Republic
  • Capital City: Lusaka
  • Official Language: English

*Data from UNData (2009) and CIA Fact Book (2009)