About Zambia

Zambia is a land-locked country about the size of Texas.  Located in sub-Saharan Africa, Zambia was known as Northern Rhodesia until 1964.  

The population of Zambia is 16,000,000. The median age is 17 years, and 46% of Zambians are under the age of 14 years.  Only 2.3% of Zambians are over 65. 

HIV AIDS has taken a terrible toll on the nation of Zambia, contributing to a life expectancy of just 53 years (compared to 78 years in the US).  There over a million people living with AIDS, and an average of 21,000 people die from the disease each year.  

Zambia is considered one of the poorest nations in the world, with 64% of Zambians living below the internationally accepted poverty rate.  Only 3.2 % of rural households have access to electricity, and only 48% have access to safe drinking water in rural areas.  

The average Zambian child’s education lasts just seven years, and the Zambian government spends just 1.1% of the GDP on education.

Sources:  Unicef, CIA Factbook