Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Are you a doer with an interest in Africa?

 If yes to the above question, then we need you!
We are a small Scottish registered charity which supports health projects at Chitambo Hospital, central Zambia. This hospital is the living memorial to Scottish explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone who died there. It was founded in his memory (1908). Please see the information links below.*
Following our recent visit to Chitambo, in conjunction with the Scottish Government Ministerial visit (February 2018) we are seeking new Board Members with the passion and drive to help further our exciting new strategic directions and expanding agenda. Working alongside like-minded people, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a real difference where it is most needed.
These are voluntary positions. In particular, we are seeking people with organisational, administrative, communications and fundraising skills. Ideally, you will be based in South East Scotland (Midlothian or Edinburgh) and/or able to attend bi-monthly Board meetings (usually held on Saturdays 2-4pm, in Penicuik or Edinburgh) as well as actively contributing to development and running of sub-committees. Knowledge and experience of Sub-Saharan Africa would be a bonus but anyone with relevant organisational skills will be equally welcome.
Please contact me, Jo Vallis, Chair, if interested and/or forward this message to anyone else you know who may be interested:

Emergency Guideline Gurus

Thanks to Friends of Chitambo Trustee, Dr. Bridget Innes, and the Chitambo Hospital Guidelines Group, 10 sets of emergency care guidelines have now been completed for posting in hospital and clinics. The latest are on management of diabetic emergencies (high and low blood sugar). The tricky part is knowing exactly what resources (drugs, intravenous fluids etc.) are available locally, especially at remote rural clinics. On that, we depend on the local team for information.


Anti shock garment (Life Wrap) guidelines

Diabetic emergency guidelines

Emergency care decision support workshop, Lusaka, Zambia

10 health care librarians/information scientists, including 3 from Zimbabwe, one from South Africa, and one from Chitambo, are poised to attend a Knowledge Broker Champion (decision-support) workshop in Lusaka (17 to 19th April 2018), as part of our Scottish Government Small Grant project on 'strengthening emergency care communications.' Participants will learn how to enable front line health care staff to use best emergency care evidence in practice, at the point of care.  
Such decision support is a recognised priority within the Zambian National Health Strategic Plan 2017 to 2021:

Chitambo Nutrition Programme

Calling all small Scottish NGOs which deal in food poverty or nutrition programmes in Scotland! We need your help!  Are you interested to link with Friends of Chitambo and Chitambo Hospital, central Zambia, on a Scottish Government Small Grant application for nutrition improvement in Chitambo District?
The need is great and hospital Nutritionist, Mr. Brian Mwense, is striving to meet it single handed. Please help him.
Please email Jo Vallis, Chair, for more information:

FoCH Trustee, Consider Mudenda, highlights Chitambo Nutrition Department

A community of light

FoCH Trustee, Consider Mudenda, is in Chitambo District with solar power providers Synwave Power Zambia (, delivering on the agenda proposed during the Scottish Government Ministerial visit in February. He can hardly contain his excitement:
"Now we have an implementation plan, now we know what we want for each Clinic and Chitambo Hospital. Now we realize how close we are to fulfillment of our dream of lighting up Chitambo District with solar energy! Come May 2018 all is expected to be accomplished! And we will have a community of light!
Thank you Chitambo District for proposing the solar power need. Thank you First Aid Africa (FAA) for pioneering and engineering the move, and thank you Friends of Chitambo (FoCH) for directing this expertise to us and standing by us from start to the point when it will be said, it is done!"
Thank you.too, to Scottish Government for enabling this initiative which will make a real difference to health care delivery in this remote and rural region.  And thank you, of course, to Consider, for being the man on the ground committed to making this happen.

The ideal to aim for

Assessing the situation at Chitambo Hospital

Assessing the situation at Rural Health Clinics

Resting and discussing

Sunday, 4 March 2018

All Nurses Rock but the best are from Chitambo!

Graduating Chitambo student nurses with their course tutor, Mr. Levi Chifwaila, enjoying their farewell party. More well trained nurses?
What a gift to Zambia!

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Graduating Chitambo students

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Global Health and Disability

Friends of Chitambo is immensely proud to report that our Trustee Richard Vallis is undertaking this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Global Health and Disability, delivered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
As a person with long experience of voluntary work with people with disabilities, and a disabled person himself, Richard is an ideal participant. Other participants are worldwide and Richard's learning is sure to serve our work at Chitambo well.
Richard is making invaluable contacts for Friends of Chitambo, including within Vision Aid Zambia:

FoCH Trustee, Richard Valllis

FoCH Trustees at the heart of Scottish Government consultations in Zambia

Friends of Chitambo are so proud  to report that our Zambian Trustees, Mr. Consider Mudenda, In-country Project Coordinator, and  Mr. Levi Chifwaila, Senior Nurse Tutor, were at the heart of the recent Scottish Government Ministerial visit to Zambia, providing help and consultation to the visiting team.

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Consider at Latitude 15, Lusaka

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Lusaka meeting
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First Aid Africa meeting 
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Kabwe meeting

A New Friend

The wonders of technology have brought us a new friend, Dr Andrea Arrington, Professor of African Studies at Indiana State University, USA. Andrea is a prolific academic writer and has recently published a book on the Victoria Falls. She is currently reading 'our' book ,'Livingstones's Hospital: the Story of Chitambo' (pictured) and hopes to visit Chitambo this year. She has been communicating with Friends of Chitambo in Zambia about that. Greetings Andrea and thanks for befriending us!

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Livingstone's Hospital ...with Ziva!

Please see a link to Dr. Andrea Arrington's new book 'Turning Water into Gold': CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON THE BOOK

Scottish Government woes Bill Gates over Global Health links

How about this?! Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, informing American entrepreneur/philanthropist Bill Gates about NHS Scotlands global health itiatives.
Hoping there will be some good synergy there?
America has done so much for Chitambo, funding the rebuilding of the school of nursing and building a state of the art orphanage and primary school. These are transformative changes. Good if the hospital could get the same makeover some day.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, with Bill Gates and Alasdair Allan, MSP
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