Electives in Lusaka

Nursing Electives

The hospital we’ve partnered with in Lusaka is actually four hospitals on one campus — the adult hospital, paediatric hospital, mother and newborn hospital, and the cancer and diseases hospital. Our flexible placements mean you can rotate through all of these alongside friendly and welcoming staff. In terms of cases, you can get experience with conditions such as glaucoma, clubfoot, malnutrition, paediatric HIV and cervical cancer — one of the most significant causes of death amongst women in Zambia. There are also burns units, renal units and non-communicable disease units. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives

In Lusaka, you’ll see unfamiliar tropical diseases like acute malaria, and haematological afflictions like sickle cell. There are also incredible opportunities in the cancer and diseases hospital — the only referral hospital of its kind in Southern Africa. Get additional experience in the busy A&E department, and see an abundance of HIV and related conditions (including mother to child transmission). You may also see things that would, in the UK, be preventable. For example, in Zambia, diarrhoea is the leading cause of death of children under 5.

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Midwifery Electives

At our partner hospital, you’ll attend live births on a daily basis, with the potential to get involved in both pre and postnatal care. Unlike some of our other destinations, midwives in Lusaka are responsible for the birth itself. As mothers often favour giving birth in larger national hospitals as opposed to lying-in clinics, there’s a high number of births. You’ll have the opportunity to see things like breech births and other emergency birthing situations, as well as mothers with HIV, malnutrition and a host of other complications. This is one of the many reasons why a midwifery placement with Work the World is so unique.

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Physiotherapy Placements

The hospital with whom we’re partnered has a busy physiotherapy department. We’ll place you alongside a team of seasoned professionals who work with patients in clubfoot clinics, patients with neurological disorders like strokes and Bell’s palsy, amputees, and burns patients. You can also spend time in the hospital’s custom gym, and see how the hospital makes its own prostheses. You can even get experience with respiratory therapy and orthopaedics.


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Paramedic Science Electives

Ambulances in Zambia are driven not by paramedics, but by drivers with no clinical experience. That means emergency cases are first dealt with when they arrive at hospital rather than on scene. Add to that the fact that your placement hospital’s A&E department is the city’s main major trauma centre, and you quickly realise that your experience here will be eye-opening. Local patients are typically from economically disadvantaged areas, so you will see the impact that has on both the cases and the care.

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Radiography Electives

With up to 300 patients per-day coming through the doors of our partner hospital’s radiography department in Lusaka, there’s a wealth of experience to be had. It’s common for patients to be referred to the hospital you’ll be placed in from smaller clinics in the surrounding community. This means you'll gain experience observing and analysing a wide range of conditions. The radiography department has modern diagnostic equipment, but it also has a range of analogue techniques to get around power cuts that can happen in the region from time to time. That means you could learn how to develop X-rays in the hospital’s darkroom. It’s also possible to get experience in the cancer and diseases hospital upon request.

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Pharmacy Electives

On a pharmacy placement in Lusaka, you’ll discover that local standards are extremely similar to those found in hospitals in the UK. Lack of access to certain medicines and low staffing levels do hamper progress, but you’ll still find yourself checking scripts, doing clinical rounds and spending time in the dispensaries found in the paediatrics, adult and mother and newborn hospitals, as well as in surgery. The hospital also synthesises its own chemotherapy drugs.


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Dentistry Electives

As a dentist, clinical experience in Lusaka is unique. Alongside specialists in our partner hospital you’ll take part in daily clinics — one of which is for patients struggling to meet the cost of care. In fact, this is the only hospital in Lusaka where patients can obtain free or low-cost treatment. The normal procedures are carried out here like restorations and fillings, but due to a lack of oral hygiene education, patients often present late meaning that some cases will be much more severe than you’ll have seen at home. It’s also possible to observe maxillofacial surgeries here.

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The Work The World House

The Work the World Lusaka house — your home from home — plays a huge role in your experience. And living with other healthcare students from around the world lends the house an atmosphere of community.

Our house in Lusaka is bright and open. There’s plenty of space for you and your housemates to chill out after placement, and the outdoor pool is great for when you want to cool off after a day on placement.

Location-wise, the Lusaka house couldn’t be better positioned — you can get into the heart of this lively city in minutes.

There’s a significant expat population in Lusaka, so you have an abundance of lively bars and restaurants to choose from.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Prior to starting your placement, our team in Lusaka will take you to visit your placement hospital. They will take you on a tour, introducing you to your supervisors and other key department staff along the way. You’ll often see our Lusaka team in the hospital. They’ll visit you during your placement, the aim of which is to ensure it lives up to your expectations.

You will have in-hospital supervisors for the duration of your placement. Make an effort to build rapport with them and they’ll offer insight into the local healthcare system that only a local practitioner can.

In short, we’ve got you covered. We offer support for the duration of your clinical placement as and when you need it.


What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

Destinations 2 Weeks 3 Weeks 4 Weeks 5 Weeks 6 Weeks Extra Week

Zambia Lusaka

£1490 £1640 £1790 £1940 £2090 £350


In addition to your city-based placement in Lusaka, spend an optional week in a rural village to gain an unfiltered understanding of Zambian culture. In the mornings, you’ll attend the village’s healthcare centre that helps treat the local population. In the afternoons, you’ll get a lesson in local culture as you spend time engaging in all manner of activities, from learning how to cook local dishes, to exploring the beautiful surroundings.

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"You will be exposed to things you’ve never had the opportunity to see back home."

Marcus Hollyer, University of Edinburgh 2019

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"The doctors were so knowledgeable and would encourage us to answer questions"

Deepthi Balaji, University of Liverpool 2019

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"It is a once in a lifetime experience - you’ll come home feeling very rewarded"

Charlotte Dunbavin , Edge Hill University 2019

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"I watched numerous intrathecal chemotherapy and bone marrow aspiration procedures which was amazing!"

Ayesha Qamar, City University London 2019

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"What I first noticed in the hospital was the lack of resources and equipment."

Isabel Jeffery, King's College London 2019

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