Country Population: More than 16 million
Surgical workforce: 1.48 per 100,000 people
Poverty risk from surgery: 52.5%
Poverty: 57.5% live below the poverty line
Plastic Surgeons: 0.01 plastic surgeon per 100,000
Zambia has just one licensed plastic surgeon, Dr. Goran Jovic.
In recent years, Zambia has emerged as a strong participant in the safe surgery movement, adopting key legislation and developing the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. Despite this progress, Zambia still experiences a significant shortage of all healthcare workers, with current training capacity inadequate to close the gap. As a result, Zambia still experiences large disparities in access to safe, essential, and timely surgical care.
Coupled with the shortage of healthcare workers, the fact that more than 56% of Zambians live in rural areas means that for many, surgical facilities are too far or too expensive to reach. For the few who can reach surgical care, they encounter facilities with limited running water, electricity, equipment and supplies.
Dr. Jovic, a ReSurge local surgical partner since the late 1990s, is the only plastic surgeon in the country. To reach the many remote areas of the country with no access to a plastic surgeon, Dr. Jovic became a pilot. Today, he flies to small hospitals all over the country to treat underserved patients.