The Zambia Anglican Council is the umbrella organization of the Anglican Church in Zambia comprised of 5 dioceses.
The Anglican Church has been present in Africa since the mid-nineteenth century, with early colonial churches establishing schools and hospitals as part of their mission. Christian mission hospitals still provide 30% to 40% of total health care provision in most sub-Saharan nations, especially in remote and isolated locations. The Anglican Church, itself, accounts for 25% of that figure. As the role of governments has weakened in the face of conflict, fragile democracies and devastated economies, the Church’s role is more critical than ever. The ability of governments to extend health care coverage is deeply compromised, and the people continue to look to the Church, regardless of faith, for provision of essential services. The most important aspect of the Anglican Church is its delivery system that reaches the most vulnerable populations.
Zambia Anglican Council established the Health and Development desk in 2004 and initiated the health and development programmes in the same year. The Health and Development programmes started as a pilot in three dioceses namely Luapula, Northern and Central. A year later in 2005 the programmes were scaled up to Lusaka and Eastern dioceses following the successful stories in the first three dioceses.