All health issues in Zambia, but there is a strong focus on the main ?killer diseases?, being malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB. The country suffers from a severe shortage of medical staff. There are 600 medical doctors registered for a population of 11 million people. The Ministry of Health (MoH) indicated that Zambia needs 43,500 nurses while only 22,300 are registered. Moreover, every year a large number of doctors and nurses goes to work overseas (the brain drain). Working conditions elsewhere are attractive and there are opportunities galore in Anglophone countries. More than 50% of rural health centres have only one qualified staff member! MoH has made reducing the current shortage of medical staff it?s primary objective; state nursing schools should provide 10,000 more nurses in the next seven years. The state system will never be able to cater for these needs. Additional support needs to be mobilized. When the LNI reaches its full training capacity, 100 nurses will join the medical workforce in Zambia annually . Direct beneficiaries: Our clients are young Zambians, keen to fight poverty and disease in their communities, and to get the best education because they pay for it. Candidates qualify by having successfully completed twelve years of schooling and have credits in at least five O-level subjects, including Mathematics, English and Biology. Indirect beneficiaries: All Zambians needing medical care now or at a later time. Eventually a growing number of all Zambians in need of care will benefit from the improved levels of service. Since April 1st of this year, healthcare in Zambia has been free to the in the poorer rural areas, but the key providers, people with the capability and experience to put prevention and cure into practice are not there? Zambia faces a medical human resource crisis. The LNI trains nurses; for many Africans the highest level of medical personnel they are ever likely to meet. Where there is no doctor? the nurse will take charge!