ORS/Zinc status – Zambia

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ZambiaZambia

Population: 18.38m (2020)
Area: 752,617 sqkm

Diarrhoea deaths: 3,754 (2019)

ORS coverage: 67% (2019)

ORS + Zinc coverage: 34% (2019)

National EML download: Zambia – Essential-Medicines-List-2020 (2020)
Note that neither Zinc nor co-packaged ORS and Zinc are on the latest printed edition of the NEML. However, both are purchased by the government (as budgets allow) and distributed free of charge at health centres. Distribution of co-packs started on a trial basis in 2015. Government purchases began in 2018.

National policy
ORS+Zinc in National Clinical Guidelines
ORS included in the National Essential Medicines List
❓ Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List
Co-packaged ORS & Zinc included in the National Essential Medicines List (see note above)

Zinc availability
✅ Zinc available “over the counter”
✅ Any retailer can sell Zinc (no licence required)

Outlets for Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
✅ Supermarkets
✅ General retail outlets
❌ Community Health Workers
✅ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
❓ Child Health Days/Special Campaigns
❓ Other

Co-pack availability
✅ Co-packaged ORS and Zinc available

Outlets for co-packaged ORS and Zinc tablets:
✅ Pharmacies
✅ Drug stores/shops
✅ Supermarkets
✅ General retail outlets
❌ Community Health Workers
✅ Door-to-door sales people
✅ Government hospitals/clinics
✅ Private hospitals/clinics
❓ Campaigns and outreach
❓ Other

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc brands (may not be exhaustive)
GRZ ORS/Zinc Co-pack (public sector), Kit Yamoyo (private sector), OraZinc (imported, private sector)
Kit Yamoyo and GRZ co-pack with contents
Kit Yamoyo (Commercial format) and GRZ ORS/Zinc Co-pack (right).
Both have the same contents but a different instruction leaflet that carries the branding. Click on the image to view it full size on Flickr.

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc - ORAZINC
Orazinc is an imported brand manufactured by Shelys Pharmaceuticals (Tanzania)

Co-packaged ORS and Zinc manufacturers (may not be exhaustive)
Pharmanova (Zambia) Ltd

Co-pack costs
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PUBLIC sector
Free of charge
Typical cost of a ORS/Zinc co-pack in the PRIVATE sector
ZMW 13.99 (USD 0.77 Mar-22)

Kit Yamoyo in Shoprite 11-Mar-22
Kit Yamoyo on Shoprite (supermarket) shelves 11-Mar-2022

Diarrhoea programmes currently on-going

Name Organisation Funder Diarrhoea specific Target area

Additional information

 

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Making co-packaged ORS and Zinc the "go to" treatment for childhood diarrhoea

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