As many as 1.4m people are killed every year about one every 23 seconds in road accidents, while another 20m to 50m are injured but survive, often with life-changing disabilities.
Between 1997 and 2012, just 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccines were used worldwide. In 2017 almost 11 million were used, from Sierra Leone to Bangladesh. So far in 2018, over 15 million doses have been approved
But by far the worst-affected countries have been Somalia and South Sudan. Zambia, lies in the middle of a range of countries caught in the surge of cases, from struggling Mozambique to relatively prosperous Kenya.
Lusaka now boasts no less than seven major retail locations four within three miles of each other, and another three occupying the same road intersection.
Zambia’s population comprises more than 70 Bantu-speaking groups. The majority of Zambians are subsistence farmers, but the country is also fairly urbanised, with 42% of the population being city residents