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More Zambians going without basic necessities, Afrobarometer survey shows

2 Dec 2021 Zambia

The number of Zambians who suffer repeated shortages of basic necessities such as food, clean water, and medical care has increased in recent years, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

An overwhelming majority of citizens say the government is doing a bad job of improving living standards of the poor, keeping prices stable, and creating jobs. Citizens’ ratings of the government’s performance on a wide range of issues have declined compared to 2017.

Health, management of the economy, infrastructure/ roads, education, and unemployment are the top five problems that Zambians want the government to address.