Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Wheelchair sagas

Thanks to amazing teamwork and wonderful connections a wheelchair is on its way to Chitambo Hospital physiotherapy department.
Sheffield medical student and founder of the new charity MedAid Sheffield, Yun Xin Koh, left for Zambia on Saturday 1st June, with it in her extra baggage allowance. She is heading off on her Medical Elective in Zambia.
Top Sheffield eye surgeon/medical trainer, Dr Zanna Currie (who grew up at Chitambo) linked us with Yun Xin, who is her student.
Chitambo man/Friends of Chitambo (FoCH) Trustee, Mr Chola Mwelwa, lives in the Sheffield area, where he manages a Nursing Home. He obtained a batch of perfectly serviceable wheelchairs which would otherwise be scrapped, and saw the value of these for Chitambo.
Zambian FoCH Trustee, Mr Consider Mudenda, met Yun Xin's flight and collected the wheelchair from her, for onward transport to Chitambo, along with a consignment of office equipment donated by FoCH.  
Yun Xin also gave us 4 recent copies of the British National Formularies (BNF), for donation to Chitambo. We hope to find a way of transporting these and more wheelchairs to Chitambo as soon as possible.
Thanks to all who have helped us to make a good start on this initiative and, in particular, to Mr. Chola Mwelwa who initiated this venture.

Mr. Chola Mwelwa, with his consignment of wheelchairs

With Mwelwa family and friends

Chola with medical student Yin Xin

Yin Xin delivers the wheel chair to Consider Mudena at Lusaka airport

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