There are no mandatory vaccinations but plenty of advisable ones. Get advice from a travel clinic or GP at least 6 weeks before you travel. Zambia and Malawi have recently been declared Yellow Fever free, so you won’t require a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate to travel between them.
Malaria is very prevalent and you must take precautions against this during your stay. Seek advice about prophylaxis at least a month before you travel. Also be aware of avoiding mosquito bites by using a mosquito net, using insect repellent in the evenings and covering your arms and legs if outdoors at dusk or after dark.
If you will be working with patients or in the laboratory, you must be aware that both HIV and Hepatitis B are very common in Zambia. Therefore it is essential to exercise universal precautions, and to take care with using and disposing of sharps appropriately. The Hospital does have a Post Exposure Prophylaxis policy and can provide counselling and a 4 week course of anti-retrovirals to anyone sustaining a needle-stick injury. Disposable gloves are always available (although extra supplies are always welcome!). You should also ensure that you are properly vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
We suggest consulting the Fit for Travel website, which provides up-to-date information for people travelling from the UK.