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Some Facts and Faces From Macha, Zambia

Macha is a community area in the Southern Province of Zambia. It was in this area in the early 1900’s that two women were given a tract of land by the colonial government of what was then Northern Rhodesia, to begin mission work for the Brethren in Christ Church of North America.

In addition to spiritual ministry, the mission work included education of and medical aid to the local population. In 1957 Macha Hospital was opened and to this day continues to be well known throughout Zambia for providing good medical care.

Malaria research began at the hospital in 1988 and in 2005 the Malaria Institute at Macha (MIAM) was officially opened. In the Macha area the incidence of malaria has decreased by more than 90% since the beginning of the research work.