Friday, 21 December 2018

Happy Christmas and New Year

Wishing all our friends and supporters the happiest Christmas and a very good New Year ahead: 
May all your dreams come true.  Click here to let Soweto Gospel Choir bring you some festive  cheer: 

Friends of Chitambo certainly has talent

We are extremely proud of our Zambian Trustee, Mr. Consider Mudenda, who has been selected from a short list of over  60 people to be Country Manager for the Virtual Doctors:
This organisation, marrying health and technology, is the perfect fit for his talents and the job offers him financial security.  He was hardly in the door before e was off on a week long trip to set up tele medicine links at 6 clinics in Malawi.  Being used to working with remote, rural clinics in Chitambo District, he took this in his stride.

There is plenty of scope for collaboration between Virtual Doctors and Friends of Chitambo and Consider is the perfect bridge between us.

Consider joins the Virtual Doctors team

First assignment: Consider with Virtual Doctors in Malawi

At Lake Malawi

Friends of Chitambo are present at the Scottish Government Grant Awareness Day (13th December 2018)

Thank you to Scottish Government for an excellent Grant Awareness day in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 13th December,
bringing together old friends and new, with much learning and networking. Thank you in particular for a special mention of Chitambo. This was much appreciated. The meeting was opened by the Honorable Scottish Minister for International Affairs, Ben Macpherson.
Good also to meet Dr Kalonde Kasengele, Chair of the Scottish Zambia Partnership (SCOZAP) and Mr Paul Gowens, Head Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service, who has just returned from a visit to Zambia, including Chitambo.

Chitambo gets a mention

Bridget listens intently

Donation of surgical face masks for Chitambo Hospital

Heartfelt thanks to Kerry Chalmers, Head of NHS Scotland Global Health Coordination Unit, Scottish Government and Scott Cowan, National Stock Controller, National Blood Transfusion Services Scotland, for facilitating a donation of 30 boxes of surgical face masks for Chitambo Hospital, central Zambia.
These were collected by Jo Vallis, FoCH Chair and Chris Roberts, Trustee, who also benefited from a tour of the state of the art blood transfusion unit where all Scottish blood supplies are processed and latest blood cells research conducted. Thank you Scott. If only Chitambo could benefit from such facilities.
Jo accepts boxes of face masks from Scott

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Consignment of FoCH business cards

Huge thanks to our wonderful Treasurer, Monika Jaros, for obtaining a consignment of 1,000 FoCh business cards at very reasonable cost, whilst home in Poland.  We are most grateful for that.

The cards were created by Helen Davies, Designer, Langarth: CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

Monika, Treasurer

Our new business cards

Generous donation of books

We were  greatly honoured to have acclaimed author Callum Christie present at the 'Willd Namibia' fundraising event and are profoundly grateful to him for his immense generosity in donating a bag of his books for sale in aid of Chitambo. He signed 3 copies of the book, 'Goodbye colonialism', for delighted recipients and offered the rest for future sales.
Callum has extensive experience of living and working in pre and post colonial Zambia. All his children were born there and he is an ardent supporter of Zambia today, including Friends of Chitambo.

A time of gifts

Yet more good news. Penicuik General Practitioner (GP), Dr. Kathryn Howe, has presented us with a large box of recent British National Formularies (BNFs) for use at Chitambo. These will be transported to Zambia along with a consignment of surgical face masks very kindly donated by National Services Scotland (NSS) via Kerry Chalmers, Head of Scottish Government's NHS Global Citizenship initiative, once we find a means of transport. Thank you all so much. It's like Christmas has come early for Chitambo?!

Dr Kathryn Howe (L), with FoCH Chair, Jo Vallis (R)

Handover of BNFs

Scottish Ambulance Service visits Chitambo

All roads lead to Chitambo! Dr Charles Msiska, Provincial Health Director, and Mr Paul Gowens, Head Consultant Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service (pictured), getting on the road to Chitambo (Wednesday 28th November)

Photos courtesy of Dr Charles Msiska, and Miss Buddug Nelson, Wales for Africa. Thank you to them and all our supporters, national and international who's hearts are with us.

Dr Charles Msiska and Mr Paul Gowens on the road to Chitambo

Wild Namibia photo exhibition and lunch

A highly successful fundraising event at Haigs Bar/Restaurant, Penicuik, Scotland (Saturday 24th November). Huge thanks to Paul Vallis for the magnificent photo exhibition:  
Also our inspiring speakers Dr Bridget Innes, Mr Suzgo Ndhlovu, and Ms Mudenda Munkombwe for their great contributions.
Particular thanks to Head Chef Steve Wood for the sumptuous Zambian lunch including nshima (maize meal) with various relishes including ifisashi (peanut sauce) and chicken stew. And, most of all, to therestraunt's Operations Manager, Mr Jack Robinson pictured), for hosting the event and offering to display our photos for sale in the restaurant, in aid of Chitambo. Haigs indeed has heart and we are truly blessed.

Mr Jack Robinson, Operations manager, Haig's Bar/Restaurant, Penicuik, Championing our cause 

Paul Vallis (R)photographer

Lunch and networking

After dinner lectures with framed photos in the background


Richard Vallis (R), ticket collector!

Sale goods

Enjoying lunch and chat

Scottish Zambia Partnership (SCOZAP) AGM

Friends of Chitambo were highly privileged to have a presence at the Scottish Zambia Partnership (SCOZAP) AGM in Edinburgh, Scotland today. Great that Aberdeen Public Health Scientist, Dr Kalonde Kasengele, was voted back in as Chair and that 'new kid on the block', university student Geofrey Njovu stepped up to the plate as Secretary. Congratulations all and th

ank you for the opportunity.