Saturday, 1 September 2018

Successful Street Fair stall

A very successful fundraising day at the Penicuik Street Fair, Scotland (Saturday 25th August). Thanks to all who helped and supplied goods and encouragement.










An interesting book launch

Mr. Chola Mwelwa, our Trustee in Chesterfield, England, was invited to say a few words about Friends of Chitambo at Mrs Florence Mwando's book launch in Nottingham, on 18th August.  
Florence is a nurse and member of the Zambian Diaspora community in England. Her book is titled 'Benoni, Immigrant Nurse and Educator' was launched at a high profile affair with representation from the Zambian Embassy in London. Congratulations Ba Florence and thank you for the opportunity.  
Thank you, too, Ba Chola for representing FoCh at this event, and for teh photos. You are our top Chitambo ambassador.

Florence's book will be available from Foyles Bookstore, priced £10: http://www.foyles.co.uk/witem/biography/benoni-immigrant-nurse-and-educator,florence-mwando-9781527222175?term=benoni+immigrant+nurese+and+educator

Mrs Florence Mwando, Author


 


Mrs. Mwando is honoured by the 


Reading and extract

FoCH AGM: Saturday 13th October 2018, 2-4pm UK time

Date for your diary:
The Friends of Chitambo (FoCH) Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place on Saturday 13th October 2018, 2 to 4pm UK time, in the upstairs Function Room at Haigs restaurant , Penicuik, Scotland:
https://www.haigsbarandrestaurant.co.uk/ 
Please come in person, if you can, and hear about our huge progress over the past year. Some remote access may be possible so let Jo Vallis, Chair, know if you want to explore this: jo@friendsofchitambo.org.uk
Look forward to seeing, or hearing, you there. 

Scholarship students' exam success

FoCH is very proud to announce that 'our' current 3 scholarship student nurses have passed their first end of semester exams and will now proceed to their 'capping'.ceremony.  That is, they will receive one stripe on their caps (girls) or on their white coat lapels (boys), as a mark of their progress. Well done guys and keep it up. We are right behind you.  And, of course, congratulations to your tutors. 
Mwabombeni mukwai everyone, very well done.

Some welcome publicity


Nice to see our article published in the Midlothian Advertiser: CLICK HERE
Particular thanks to our new Trustees, Heather Emond and Ian Dunn for their photography and journalism, respectively. 

Monday, 6 August 2018

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Day in Chitambo District

News from. Mr Brian Mwense, Head Nutritionist, Chitambo District:
"Celebrating World Breast Feeding day by actively promoting breast feeding in Chitambo District, including at Muchinka clinic."
Congratulations Mr. Mwense and team, it's great and important work towards reducing severe malnutrition in the under-5s.
Celebrating World Breastfeeding Day in Chitambo District


Muchinka Clinic Breastfeeding Team

Surprise donation

Out of the blue come more amazing 'old friends' of Chitambo, Dutch couple Fokke and Lia Goudswaard. They were based in Zambia during the 1970s and their first child was born at Chitambo Hospital (1976). They have very fond memories of Chitambo so, when celebrating 'significant' birthdays this year, they requested no gifts but only donations to Friends of Chitambo. They were clear that the reason for selecting us as custodians of this generous donation is that we are a grassroots organisation, 'only 2 steps away' from action on the ground at Chitambo.
Our committee will discuss best use of their generous donation. However, one option would be to provide more tablet pcs for hospital and clinics, as requested by the hospital team in February 2018. This would give clinical staff greater access to emergency care Information.
We are much humbled by this surprise donation and can't thank Fokke and Lia enough for their immense generosity. Thank you so much, you are making a real difference.

Twatotela saana mukwai (thank you)

Welcoming Honorable Zambian Minister for Community Development/Mother and Child Health to Scotland


FoCH had a strong presence at a very special event in Glasgow last night (26th July), to welcome Honorable Zambian Minister for Community Development and Mother and Child Health, Emerine Kabanshi, to Scotland. 

4 FoCH Trustees (Jo Vallis, Mudenda Munkombwe, Bridget Innes and Suzgo Ndhlovu) were highly privilidged to attend, along with other members of the Scottish Zambia Partnership (SCOZAP)
The meeting took place at the Scottish Government offices at Atlantic Quay, with a meal provided. It. was a lovely occasion and a great opportunity not only to meet old friends and new but to have intimate dialogue with the Honorable Minister on matters of most concern to Diaspora member and Friends of Zambia. 


The Honorable Minister recalled the meeting with 2 FoCH Trustees (Jo Vallis and Consider Mudenda) at her Lusaka office in February 2018. She said that Chitambo is very important to both Zambians and Scots because of the historical connections, and pledged her future support as possible.
Thank you to all who made this meeting possible and most of all to Honorable Minister Kabanshi for her precious time and gracious presence.




Hon Minister Emerine Kabanshi (sitting right) with Zambian Diaspora and friends fo Zambia in Scotland




Honorable Minister Kabanshi (standing)







FoCH Social and Information Event

Following our recent Social and Information event at Haig's restaurant, Penicuik,Scotland, we are now blessed with a formidable, multi-skilled Board with an even stronger Diaspora presence. The Information workshop, facilitated by Consultant Gillian Wilson, helped match available skills to required roles. A real highlight were the live WhatsApp links with Zambian based Trustees Consider Mudenda and Levi Chifwaila who tuned in to inspire and motivate us. 
Gillian Wilson, workshop leadre

Dr and mrs Kashina

Suzgo (L) and Chris (R)



Mudenda

Bridget and Richard

Under the flag of our land!

Margaret and Chola
Work done....and scones eaten....we repaired to the restaurant below for a sumptuous Zambian lunch provided by Head Chef Stephan Wood. That people came back for 2nds and 3rds suggests the nshima and relish were up to scratch. They were enjoyed by all




Nshima at Haigs





Head Chef, Stephan Wood (L) accepts a small token of appreciation

Ba Loveness Mwelwa enjoys the lunch

Young Mumba Mwelwa preferred a burger..but hey! 

Richard and Heather lunching

Our new Treasurer, Monika and her little one (our youngest mascot)

Michelo and Margaret

Kashina, Mudenda and Bridget tuck in


Thanks to all who made this such a successful and worthwhile day and a great platform for our ongoing endeavours. Photos are by our talented new Trustee, Heather Emond. Prospective new Trustee, Ian Dunn, (journalist turned International Development worker) helped us to submit a press release to local papers.






Centenary ambulance is home from annual servicing

Great news! The Chitambo Centenary Ambulance has returned from servicing and is in good form. Thank you to the Chitambo team for their kind words of appreciation for our small contribution to its maintenance:
"The vehicle still has life. It's our only reliable utility vehicle. You people we thank you so much for the maintenance of this vehicle. May God bless you all."



God bless you too Team Chitambo! You are the ones making a difference to rural healthcare.

Learning from our partners at Agape Village Orphanage, Chitambo

Lovely news from our clever cousins at Agape Village orphanage, Chitambo:
"Agape Village recently exhibited the bounty from our farm and gardens at the District Agriculture show in Chitambo Village. Nyawa spoke to attendants about our crops and growing/harvesting techniques. (We are VERY PROUD of her and Annie Mutale, who keep our gardens plentiful)"
Read more about our gardens and farm crops at www.agapevillagefoundation.wordpress.com
Hopefully there will be good synergy between Agape Village and Chitambo Hospital Nutrition Team, on solving the high levels of under-5 malnutrition in Chitambo District.  That can only be for the good.

Books, books, books!

Huge thanks to Lead Medical Librarians at the University of Zambia (UNZA), for a pile of Merck Statistical Manuals. What a generous gesture. These are much prized by Chitambo health staff and will make a real difference. As they say, with friends like these, Chitambo is blessed.



UNZA donation of Merck Manuals

Also to Dr-to-be, Yun Xin Koh, founder of Sheffield Med Aid, for the generous donation of 4 British national Formularies (BNF) and to Karen Edwards, Vision Aid Overseas, Zambia, who offered to take them to Zambia for us.  



Yun Xin Koh (R) and Lovenes Mwelwa (L) with BNF 
Karen was in UK for a meeting and was in touch to offer help with transporting any items back to Zambia. At our FoCH Social and Information Event yesterday (Saturday 21st July), our new Trustee, Chris, who's partner is on the Board of Vision Aid, picked up the 4 fat drug formularies.  His partner, Laura, a local Optometrist, will take them to the Vision Aid Board meeting in England (25th July) and the books should now be on their way to Zambia where our local Trustee, Consider Mudenda will intercept them for onward transport to Chitambo when convenient.

Thank you to all for the generous donations and help.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Board recruitment drive

FoCH is delighted to report that our numbers are growing. We have several very talented new Board members on board at the UK end and several more potential ones, including a young lady who is from Chitambo and now lives in England. She is keen to join us and help to give back to her home community. This brings our Zambian Diaspora membership to 6, 5 of whom are from Central Province and 4 from Chitambo. They are a great asset and bridge between our cultures and communities.

We are holding a Social and Information Event on 21st July, to bring these different members together for strategic planning. The social aspect will be a Zambian-style lunch, with networking.  Would you believe that Head Chef, Steve, at Haigs Restaurant, Penicuik, has Zambian connections and knows about Zambia's staple food, nshima?!  We have now passed the responsibility for making the lunch entirely to him and he has offered us a stunningly modest price (£100 for a massive buffet lunch for 20 people).  We will ensure that Haigs gets real publicity and thanks for this generous gesture.  We are hoping that one of our prospective new Board members, who is a keen amateur photographer, will take some photos for submission to local newspapers and posting on our social media sites.  

A major component of the Information session, Chaired by Gillia Wilson, an expert International Development Consultant, will be a WhatsApp link with our Zambian Trustees, so they can inspire UK members on what has been achieved at Chitambo and how they can help.   Consider Mudenda and Levi Chifwaila will connect by BTMeetMe telephone conference,   A dry run at the Haigs venue proved successful and we very much look forward to the live connection on the day. 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

FoCH Board recruitment

FoCH is delighted to report that our numbers are growing. We have several very talented new Board members on board at the UK end and several more potential ones in the pipeline. We are holding a Social and Information event in July, to bring these different members together for strategic planning. The social aspect will be a Scottish/Zambian-style lunch so nshima-making practice is in order! Wish us luck and please send hints if you know how!

A major component of the Information session, Chaired by an expert International Development Consultant, will be a WhatsApp link with our Zambian Trustees, so they can inspire UK members on what has been achieved at Chitambo and how they can help. 

We are also privileged to have had recent contact from a young lady who is from Chitambo and now lives in England. She is keen to join us and help to give back to her home community. This brings our Zambian Diaspora membership to 6, 5 of whom are from Central Province and 4 from Chitambo. They are a great asset and bridge between our cultures and communities.


Watch this space for photos from the event.

Scottish Global Health Citizenship Initiative

Friends of Chitambo is proud to say that Chitambo had a
presence at the launch of the Scottish Global Health Citizenship initiative at the NHS Scotland Event, an annual Scottish health conference (Tuesday 19th June): Click here for information 
It was great to have the ear of so many high profile, influential people. 

2 FoCH trustees have signed up as Global Health Champions, to encourage Scottish health workers to consider volunteering at home and abroad. Lots of wonderful networking and thanks to Scottish Government for the opportunities


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Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development (centre), with other VIPs




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University of Zambia donation

Huge thanks to Lead Medical Librarians at the University of Zambia (UNZA), for a pile of Merck Statistical Manuals. What a generous gesture. These are much prized by Chitambo health staff and will make a real difference. As they say, with friends like these, Chitambo is blessed.



Done and dusted!

It's been quite a journey but thanks to mutual team working efforts and global health networks, the wheelchair gifted by FoCH Trustee Mr. Chola Mwelwa and transported to Zambia by  Sheffield medical student, Yun Xin Koh, has arrived at Chitambo.  It travelled along with FoCH's donation of requested office equipment which consists of a photocopier/scanner; associated toners; data projector; and wifi enablers.  These were sourced in Lusaka by FoCH Trustee Mr. Consider Mudenda, who also intercepted the wheelchair at Lusaka airport and passed all the items to a driver for transport to Serenje, near Chitambo.  From there, they were collected in the Chitambo Centenary ambulance (pictured) for the last lap to Chitambo.

Thank you to Chitambo colleagues for their nice thank you message:

 "It's done and dusted the equipments are in and thumbs up to FoCH for the timeless efforts, love and support they have been showing us since time immemorial."

This was a joint effort resulting from strategic planning  at Chitambo Hospital, in February 2018. It's wonderful to see a plan coming together and our joint planning  bearing fruits.



Yun Xin hands over the wheelchair to Consider at Lusaka airport

Chitambo CMO, Dr. Mwamba, inspects the office equipment at Consider's home in Lusaka

Data projector

Photocopier/Scanner and other equipment


Wifi enablers





Items ready for off to Serneje

Chitambo Centenary Ambulance collects the items from Serenje
Arrival at Chitambo
Requested office equipment