This country profile provides an overview of Zambia’s progress in reaching those in need of mass NTD treatment based on 2016 data.

NTD mass treatment coverage index: 51/100
Overall rank: Joint 14th

Treatment coverage

Lymphatic filariasis
92%
Onchocerciasis
N/A
Schistosomiasis
32%
STH
57%
Trachoma
40%
9.8 million people received treatment in Zambia in 2016 1.8 million people in need did not receive treatment in Zambia in 2016

The ESPEN portal (a World Health Organization AFRO region project) provides maps and district-level data for the preventive chemotherapy diseases in Zambia.

Zambia recommendations

These recommendations were given to heads of state at the African Union summit in January 2017 as part of the ALMA Scorecard for Accountability and Action.

  • Increase budget allocation for neglected tropical diseases at the national level.
  • Provide timely data to the Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) to enable monitoring and planning.

Lymphatic filariasis

Treatment coverage remained the same at 92% in 2015 and 2016.

People needing treatment
11.3m
People receiving treatment
10.4m

Onchocerciasis

Zambia does not require mass treatment for onchocerciasis.

Schistosomiasis

⬆ Treatment coverage increased from 15% in 2015 to 32% in 2016.

School-aged children needing treatment
2.83m
School-aged children receiving treatment
894,000

Soil-transmitted helminths

⬇ Treatment coverage decreased from 100% in 2015 to 57% in 2016.

Pre-sch and school-aged children needing treatment
4.45m
Pre-school and school-aged children receiving treatment
2.55m

Trachoma

⬇ Treatment coverage decreased from 54% in 2015 to 40% in 2016.

People needing treatment
4.98m
People receiving treatment
2.02m