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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New website for FoCH

Friends of Chitambo is to have a facelift! FOCH member Alison Smart, Nurse Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, has a friend, Sophie, who has agreed to make us a website! Sophie has a Marketing and International Relations background, making her the perfect person to help strengthen our public image. Our blog site, created by Trustee Catriona Macmillan, has served us well but we really need a full website now, to host our growing profile and capture public interest.
Thank you Alison, Sophie and Catriona for your valuable contributions. We are lucky to have such talented people on board.

FoCH participates in Scottish Government Ministerial visit to Zambia (February 2018)

The FoCH team was privileged to participate in the Scottish Government Ministerial visit to Zambia (9th to 15th February 2018), including attending a church service with the Ministerial party, at the United Church of Zambia (UCZ), Kabwe (Sunday 11th February), and presenting our Small Grant project work at a symposium on Monday 12th February.  

Church service:
FoCH members joined Dr Alasdair Allan MSP and other members of Scottish Government, as well as UCZ Education and Health Secretaries ,Mr. and Mrs. Keith and Ida Waddell, at the UCZ service and subsequent lunch.

The sermon, delivered by the UCZ Bishop, was on the theme of love. It is love and human heartedness, rather than self adulation, which will make the most difference in this life.
The singing was wonderful

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Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Affairs (Scotland)  and Team

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FoCH Trustees Jo Vallis and Consider Mudenda

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Dr. Allan addresses the congregation

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Consider Mudenda chatted with Dr. Allan

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Lunchtime lineup

Wonderful to meet so many Chitambo contacts in Kabwe, at church and in the conference. These included Mrs. Miriam Chisulo (pictured), daughter of the late Mr. Morton Chisulo, Chitambo MP, and sister to FoCH member Dezzy Chisulo, now nursing in Bristol, England.

Miriam, also a nurse, started her training at Chitambo in 1970.

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Chitambo links in Kabwe: Mrs. Miriam Chisulo, Choir Member

The FoCH team presented at the Scottish Government Symposium, Saals Farm near Kabwe (Monday 12th February). An event graced by 3 Ministers: Dr Alasdair Allan MSP; the Honourable Minister for Central Province (name to follow); and Honourable Minister for Community Development/Mother and Child Health, Mrs. Kabanshi.
Other groups included Christian Aid; SCIAF; First Aid Africa; Bite Cure; ZEST; World Wide Fund for Nature; and Aquatera. These were all recipients of large grant funding.
We were the smallest and the only representatives of Chitambo District.
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FoCH Team present at the Kabwe Symposium:
R to L: Emma Theo; Levi Chifwaial; Consider Mudenda; Jo Vallis
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Dr Allan opens the Symposium

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Our stall


FoCH is beginning some nice synergy with First Aid Africa (FAA): FoCH's deep roots and valuable contacts in Zambia/Chitambo and FAA's bigger financial muscles, we can make progress especially on activating the much needed Zambian shortcode number for health (992). This will give all Chitambo District citizens free access to emergency medical help and advice..

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FoCH Trustee Levi Chifwaila with Sam Abrahams, CEO First Aid Africa

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FoCH Trustee Consider Mudenda, with Sam Abrahams

FoCH meets with Honorable Minister Mrs. Emerine Kabanshi

FoCH Trustee Consider Mudenda:and Jo Vallis had tie great privilege to meet with the Honorable Minister for  Community Development and Social Welfare, Mrs Emerine Kabanshi, at her Lusaka office, on Wednesday 14th February 2018.  They were able to share their vision of of 'a healthier Chitambo District' and learn about the Minister's interest in Chitambo District and passion for community engagement and inclusiveness.  

Of particular interest was the Minister's experience of fundraising through a sponsored cycle ride, by a youth group, from Lusaka to Samfya (Luapula Province). This was supported by Zambian businesses and raised funds for community development activities such as the Zambian Social Cash Transfer Scheme.

We look forward to a fruitful year of collaboration and learning in support of Chitambo District.

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A cordial meeting with Honorable Minister for Community Development, Mrs. Emerine Kabanshi

Zambia: the long reach of David Livingstone

See this great article about Chitambo, written by our Patron, Julie Davidson, that was published in the Sunday Herald: CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE