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Monday, 13 March 2017

Friends of Chitambo in mourning

Friends of Chitambo is in mourning. Our Honorary President, Janet, passed away very peacefully yesterday, Sunday 12th March, at about 3pm. Our hearts are with her loving family who accompanied her all the way.

We are also heartbroken to have lost our dearest Friend. She will be sorely missed. Janet poured so much love into Friends of Chitambo. Please see this tribute to her: Click here for the tribute


Here are some photos which remind us of Janet:

Janet as a young nurse at Chitambo


Janet with Levi Chifwaila, June 2015...Bonnyrigg, Scotland


Janet with Margaret at Giovannis Bistro Penicuk..her birthday 2015

Always cheerful and alert in her battle with cancer

Saturday, 4 March 2017

A tribute to our Honorary President

Our Honorary President, Janet, remains gravely ill, but stable, in hospital.

Janet is a founder member of Friends of Chitambo and, in reflecting on her major contribution to the charity, we wish to pay tribute.  Click here


Janet and husband George celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary at Janet's hospital bedside, on Wednesday 22nd February.  Here are the wonderful photos:






Saturday, 25 February 2017

New Scottish Global Health Collaborative (SGHC) website

The Scottish Global Health Collaborative is Chaired by Dr. Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer.  Friends of Chitambo is a member.  The new website is now open: www.scottishglobalhealth.org

Please spread the word!

Scotland's Zambia Chapter

The Scottish Government has opened its  Zambia Chapter and will announce a funding round specifically for Central Province on 9th March: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/International/int-dev

The Zambian government recommended the focus on Central province, where Chitambo District is situated, due to the historic links with Scotland.  Scottish missionary/explorer, David Livingstone died at Chief Chitambo's village in the Bangwelu Swamps and Chitambo Hospital is the living memorial to him.  However, Chitambo Hospital remains shockingly under-resourced.  Scotland now recognises the significance of the historic connection, and hopefully the new focus on Zambia will help towards solving some of Chitambo Hospital's most pressing challenges.  Here is a list provided by the Chitambo District Health Management Team: Click here for a list of the top 10 challenges

They are mostly infrastructure challenges, staff housing, lack of antenatal maternity facilities, the need for hospital renovations.  Until these basic needs are solved, it will be difficult to move forward on other health improvements.

ZUKHWA meeting, Lusaka, Zambia

The Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance ZUKHWA, is hosted by the Global Health Academy, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.   Dr. Liz Grant, Director, and colleague Viki Tayler, are currently in Zambia exploring capacity for partnering on strengthening health professional training and research.

Our Chitambo project partners, Levi and Consider were invited to a meeting of some of Zambia's most senior nurses, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lusaka.  Here they heard about  plans to develop a model to guide Zambian nursing services, start a mentorship program for trained nurses, and strengthen research processes.   Areas of interest included Education, Leadership, and Research.

Levi and Consider had the opportunity to report on our Scottish Government-funded Small Grant Project on 'Strengthening Emergency Care Communications in Chitambo District' and, by all accounts, they were the usual  superb ambassadors.

Here are Consider's photos from the ZUKHWA meeting:

L to R: Viki Tyler; Dr. Liz Grant

Consider with the ZUKHWA team

Friends of Chitambo Ambassador: Consider 

Meeting participants included some of Zambia's most senior nursing workforce


Click here to see a list of teh top 10 challenges

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Full circle!

Full circle! Ian Nicol, Scottish Government, reported back on his visit to Zambia at the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance (ZUKHWA) meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Tuesday 14th February.  This meeting was to discuss the health needs of Zambia and what Scotland can contribute. 

Ian Nicol with ZUKHWA members



The Zambian Government identified Central Province as the priority for investment and development and, after meeting with Consider in Lusaka, Ian travelled north to Kabwe to meet with Central Province leaders.  He learned that the key health priorities included road traffic accidents, trauma services and environmental health (especially disposal of clinical waste): Click here for the Times of Zambia article

Scottish Government will open a Zambia specific funding round on 9th March and this funding will be for projects in Central Province.  The Chitambo community sent their list of top 10 priorities: Click here


These are mostly building infrastructure needs.  The Zambian Government has allocated new staff to the hospital but they cannot take up post due to a lack of staff housing. 


Also, the historic hospital building, founded in 1908 as a memorial to Dr. David Livingstone who died nearby, is in desperate need of renovations.   The hospital was rebuilt in 1953, by Scottish medical missionary, Dr. John Todd.  This building has stood the test of time but  needs modernisation.




r]Rebuilding Chitambo Hospital (1953): Grandsons of Chief Chitambo laying the memorial stone








Memorial stone carved by Dr John Todd reads 'This stone was laid by the Grandsons of Chief Chitambo who welcomed Livingstone in 1873'
















Jo met members of Global Emergency Medicine (GEM:www.globalemergencyresearch.com) at the meeting.  They are working with humanitarian architects, Orkidstudio (https://orkidstudio.org/), on building a First Level hospital near Mwinilunga in North Western Province.  How wonderful if the same could be done for Chitambo?













Monday, 6 February 2017

Mr. Mudenda I presume?: Historic meeting between Scottish Government and Friends of Chitambo in Zambia

Consider, In-country Coordinator for our Scottish Government Small Grant project on strengthening emergency care communications, hosted a historic meeting in Lusaka today, with Mr. Ian Nicol from Scottish Government. 


Scottish Government is strengthening ties with Zambia and Mr. Nicol took time out of a scheduled visit to Malawi for a first historic visit to Zambia.  As Ian is Small Grant Programme Manager, this provided a valuable opportunity to update him on progress with our emergency care project and outline our hopes and expectations for our new project, should our funding application be successful.


Ian is travelling on to Kabwe today, for other business.  Unfortunately, he will not have time to reach Chitambo as hoped.  However, we hope that Levi will either manage to travel the 200 miles to Kabwe to meet him in person or, if this is impractical, at least talk to him by phone.

Ian and Consider at Prince's Mall, Makeni, Lusaka

Let's shake on it





Saturday, 4 February 2017

Friends of Chitambo's brand new Facebook page

Google Friends of Chitambo-SCIO SC044337 for our brand new Facebook page, created by our Trustee, Catriona.  Spread the word!

Scottish Government's Scotland's New International Developemnt Strategy

Scottish Government is serious about partnering with Zambia, as is apparent in the new International Development Strategy: Click here


A new Scottish Global Health Collaborative (SGHC) is being formed.  This is Chaired by the Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer and will be a cross-boundary group involving health service, third sector and academic institutions.  Friends of Chitambo SCIO has signed up to join this group.




The Collaborative aims to launch its new website quite soon.