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FACT FILE: Out To Africa

By This is Essex  |  Posted: August 19, 2010

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The average wage in Zambia is $289, and whoever earns this will also have a family to support

Zambia is 188th out of 192 nations in the World Health Organisation's grading of the world's health systems

In Zambia, there is just one plastic surgeon – in Chelmsford there are 19. Zambia also has only one radiologist

They have only a basic NHS and they have to pay for most things

English is the spoken language

The University Teaching Hospital (UTC) has 1,655 beds and 250 baby cots, compared to 750 beds at Broomfield

The UTC also has to train up all the other hospital staff in Zambia

And if you think hospital food is bad here, a typical meal in a Zambian hospital consists of a bit of flour and cabbage

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