KATONTE HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME WAS OFFICIALLY APPROVED FOR REGISTRATION BY THE ZAMBIAN MINISTRY OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN MARCH 2015. A CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION HAS BEEN ISSUED.

Katonte Healthcare Programme is a Zambian based NGO.

The objectives of our organisation are to provide support for the improvement and expansion of general and selected specialist healthcare being provided by the Zambian Ministry of Health. Initially the NGO will focus on remote rural locations.

The name “Katonte”, which in Bemba means “being warm together”, is the name of a village in eastern Masaiti District in Copperbelt Province. The Village is close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), roughly between the towns of Ndola and Kapiri Mposhi, but it is some 35 Km from the nearest rural clinic. Women and child morbidity and mortality are thought to suffer especially as a result. The Department of Health has constructed a new clinic there, but it is currently inoperable owing to the lack of staff housing. KHP’s initial target is to construct a house, and to contribute to equipping the clinic, so that staff can be posted and it can “open for business”.

The nearest clinic to Katonte is at Mutaba. This clinic has been targeted by the local District Medical Office (DMO) to be provided with a specialist HIV/AIDS support and test centre. There are only 4 such centres across the District, and this means that people getting tested have to travel long distances to get results, support and treatment. The distances can discourage those with HIV from seeking speedy and regular support, which given their condition can be life threatening. Expanding Mutaba to become an HIV/AIDS centre will greatly improve the coverage of this important service to a population that still exhibits high rates of infection.

It is KHP’s aim, if initially successful, to expand its efforts to other parts of Masaiti District, and later on potentially to extend its work to Lusaka to provide affordable, accessible private healthcare to supplement Government services in poor parts of that city.