The Chainama College of Health Sciences, with a population of 650 full time students and 400 In-Service short courses participants; 50 full time and 20 part time academic staff, is the only institution in the country which trains Clinical Officers General/Environmental Health Technologists, Registered Mental Nurses and Clinical Officers Psychiatry. The curative as well as promotive/preventive Health services in the country can not run effectively without profound contribution from this College. Quantity and Quality of health services, starting from the remote parts of the republic to the district, provincial and up to the central level are dependent on the graduates of this College. Primary Health Care in the country, especially in the peri-Urban and Rural areas, depends largely on Environmental Health Technologists and Clinical Officers, who are specifically trained with community needs in mind. The Broad Primary Health Care objective - "Health for all by the year 2000 and beyond", can only be realized by training these cadres. In other words, Chainama College of Health Sciences is the backbone of the country's curative as well as promotive and preventive health services.
The institution gained College status in 1978. The first Director was a World Health Organisation consultant, Professor Manteur Perez, followed by Dr. Quobelo also a World Health Organisation (WHO) consultant. Before that, there were three different schools in various parts of the country which trained the different cadres:-
Medical Assistants at University Teaching Hospital (U.T.H)
Health Assistants at Katete Hospital and
Psychiatric Nurses at Chainama Hills HospitalEach school was under a different Principal. The original training of paramedicals can be traced as far back as 1936. There has been development of the various programmes in a some what patchy fashion until the amalgamation of the three schools into one College with its Director; the principals of the various schools became heads of their departments.
The College falls under Chainama Hills College Hospital Board of Management and receives financial support from the Government through Ministry of Health Grant. The Policy of the present Government lays emphasis on further training of staff in relevant areas to meet the Nations Health Manpower needs. The onus, therefore, lies on the college to find well qualified and motivated Tutors and Lectures in relevant areas in order to produce high calibre College Graduates. The Learning experiences of the students are made possible in the present constraints, with emphasis on practical skills and supervised learning in rural areas alternating with more formal teaching. Achievements are measured using Continuous and Summative Assessment Examinations. Examining bodies are the Examinations Council of Health Sciences and the General Nursing Council of Zambia. The College Academic Board (CAB) formulates policy with regard to academic matters.
The Board is composed of -
The Dean - School of Medicine - UNZA ( Chairman)
The College Director Training (Vice Chairman)
The College Registrar (Secretary)
Seven Heads of College Departments
One Representative from:- Institutional Board of Directors ( Executive Director)
Ministry of Health Planning and Development
Medical Council of Zambia
General Nursing Council of Zambia
School of Medicine (UNZA)
Curriculum Development Centre
Evelyn Hone College Paramedical Department
UNZA Main Campus (Great East Road Campus)
The College Comprises -
The main Campus - where the College Administration, the Lecture rooms, the centre for Continuing Education in Health, the library, the Audio-visual Unit, Dean of Student Affairs Office and Students hallsl of Residencel are located.
The teaching clinic - this is a model health centre where students practice under the supervision of Tutors and lecturers.
Project Areas - There are 14 Project Areas scattered throughtout the country where the students demonstrate their practical skills under the supervision and guidance of resident Clinical Instructors.
The present infrastructure of the College was designed to accommodate a specific number of students and courses only. With an increase in the number of courses offered especially short In-service courses the College is embarking on an ambitious expansion programme and has so far submitted to relevant institutions and organizations for possible assistance in the expansion programme. The College strives to assume a regional character in Health Human Resource Development as the Institution is already attracting students from other African countries.
Chainama College of Health Sciences in the process of affiliation with the School of Medicine, University of Zambia has made progress in this respect. Once affiliated the College will have strong international recognition. The College endeavour to form academic links with other Colleges and Universities abroad. The future vision of the College is to offer its basic graduates further post-basic specialisation in various fields of their interest, with an international recognition at least in Southern, Central, Eastern and West African regions.
It is valuable to state the philosophy, values and assumptions upon which the College courses are based. These are:
The College Philosophy is based upon two tenets: ACCENT ON INDIVIDUAL and ACCENT ON EXCELLENCE. The College believes in the individual worthiness and especially encourages the RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL who strives for EXCELLENCE in every activity.
That people learn through experience and practice, thus the courses must provide plenty of experience and opportunity to practice and learning experiences will value active student participation.
That good health workers are made, not born, and thus the courses are designed and implemented in such a way as to create the most useful learning experiences for each trainee.
That self direction and individual interests are the most powerful forces external to learning and development.
The self direction and individual interests are the most powerful forces exerted on learning and development.
Thus the learning experiences in the courses will rely heavily on the individuals' ability to direct themselves and to initiate action. Where this ability is not readily apparent it must be fostered.
That students are a valuable educational resource, and can valuably learn from each other. The use of students perceptors, student led groups and peer evaluation are all emphasized in these courses.
In order to foster a co-operative approach to Health care, it is necessary to adopt a co-operative approach to training. This approach is utilised in the courses through group projects, group assignments and evaluation.
That Medical Field is a noble profession. It is more than just bread and butter earner. It is a service to humanity. The programmes must consciously and deliberately incorporate this philosophy into programmes activities.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLEGE GRADUATES
On completion of three years basic course, all graduates are assured of a permanent job by their sponsors. The graduates from Chainama College of Health Sciences are morally, ethically and professionally of high calibre and integrity. With the ever expanding health sector, the job opportunities for our College graduates are unlimited in the Government, Parastatal and Private Sector alike.
The Chainama College of Health Sciences is accredited to: The Medical Council of Zambia and the General Nursing Council of Zambia. Register appropriately qualified personnel and these bodies also monitor ethical and performance standards in the field and where this is violated, appropriate legal action is taken against such officers accordingly.