Zambia - Country Commercial Guide
Medical Equipment
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Zambia has a developing private and public health care system that provides diagnostic and curative medical services.  Zambia benefits from extensive U.S. government assistance, primarily through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to scale-up integrated prevention, care, and treatment programs focused on achieving HIV epidemic control.  Through the provision of over $5 billion in PEPFAR assistance since 2004, today over 1.1 million Zambians receive life-saving antiretroviral treatment as compared to 3,500 in 2004.  The HIV incidence rate has been cut in half over the last decade, while the infection rate for children (0 to 12 months) born to HIV-infected mothers has dropped from 45 percent to two-percent in 2020.  HIV prevalence is very high in Zambia, with approximately 14% of the adult population HIV positive nationwide, but with higher rates in urban areas.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

Zambia lacks sufficient hospital centers of excellence to treat cases requiring specialized treatment and lacks specialist diagnostic and treatment centers for cancer and cardiovascular, liver, or renal diseases.


Opportunities exist for investment in specialist medical diagnostic and treatment in the following areas: Cardiology; Radiotherapy; Neurology; Urology; Traumatology; Nephrology and Dialysis; Diabetology; Dermatology; Physiotherapy; Keyhole surgery; Stem Cell Therapy; and other surgical interventions.  With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, additional opportunities exist for continued supplies of personal protective equipment, ventilators, nasal cannulas, and oxygen masks.

Key government and regulatory agencies:

Ministry of Health

Ndeke House

Haile Selassie Avenue

P.O. Box 30205

Lusaka, Zambia

Tel: +260 211 251 404


Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority

Plot No. 2350/M

Off Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Road

P. O Box 31890 Lusaka, Zambia

+260 211 432 350, +260 211 432 351


Medical Stores Limited

Plot 6446, Mukwa Road

PO Box 30207

Lusaka, Zambia

Tel: +260 211 242 768