Thursday, 3 March 2016

Fundraising events

  • Fellowship Lunch
The year is getting off to a flying start with one successful fundraising event under our belts, a Fellowship Lunch organised by Friends of Chitambo Trustees Margaret and Gillian and hosted by their church, St. James the Less, Penicuik, Scotland. 

The lunch was specifically in aid of purchase and transport of Life Wrap anti-shock garments for Chitambo District:

Fellowship Lunch in aid of Friends of Chitambo, February 2016
4 or 5 different kinds of soup, a mass of different kinds of cheeses, fresh fruit, and an array of cakes resulted in a grand total of £321 from this generous church congregation.

The above photo was sent direct to Mr. Levi Chifwaila, Senior Nurse Tutor at Chitambo, by WhatsApp.  He sent a voice recorded message straight back: Click here to hear Levi's thank you message

Isn't technology a wonderful thing?
  •  Penicuik High School Bake Sale
Other events in the pipeline include a bake sale by pupils at Penicuik High School.  They had entered us into their Young Philanthropist Initiative (YPI) competition, with potential for winning a £3,000 prize.  What we could have done for emergency care with that?  Sadly, we came second.  However, pupils are providing the bake sale by way of compensation.

  • Lunch time talk
We are planning a lunchtime talk at the Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1-2 pm on Saturday 25th June 2016.  Friend of Chitambo and Edinburgh General Practitioner (GP), Dr. Bridget Innes, will talk about her medical and elephant conservation work in rural Zambia.  Watch this space!

Proceeds from all these events will go towards emergency care work in Chitambo District:
  • Life Wraps
  • Purchase of an emergency care short-code number
  • Radio repairs and replacements
  • Ambulance maintenance
 If you think you could contribute, please see our donations page opposite, under Support Us. 

Thank you

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Chitambo Life Savers have acting talent!

Greetings All,
Despite the silence since Christmas, much has been happening, not least Chitambo partners' initiative on producing this illustrative emergency care response video: Click here for the link

This video was produced as part of our Scottish Government Small Grant project on 'Strengthening emergency care communications in the Chitambo District, central Zambia'.  Zambian partners ran 2 5-day intensive workshops at Chitambo, in November 2015 and February 2016, to consolidate previous Knowledge into Action (K2A) and Knowledge Broker (KB) training provided in partnership with Scottish health service partners.

During the November and February workshops, Zambian partners (particularly Mr. Consider Mudenda, In-country Project Coordinator/Technical Lead and Mr. Vincent Kole, Hospital Information Officer) worked with Chitambo Hospital staff to create several initiatives:
  • 2 Chitambo Hospital Facbook pages (one open; one closed)
  • 1 active WhatsApp Emergency care support network (known as the Life Savers)
  • the above video
Video participants acted out the anticipated Chitmbo Hospital response to a case of Colles Fracture of the wrist, including accessing best evidence on medical management of this condition, from sources provided by the above project (Dynamed Plus:

They also showed the roles of the Knowledge Broker (Information Officer) and WhatsApp support network in advising and guiding the health care team. 

Congratulations to Mr. Mudenda and the entire team for their initiative and commendable acting.