|Dr Bridget Innes sets forth for Chitambo!|
|Reunited with Mr Consider Mudenda, In-country Proejct Co-ordinator|
|Meeting with Dr Charles Msiska, Provincial Health Director|
|Lunch with Dr Msiska and kabwe hhealth leads|
On to Chitambo where they were warmly welcomed by the Dr. Knoziak Chisenga, Chitambo District Health Director (pictured below). There followed intensive meetings with the hospital team, including discussions about our current emergency care project with Mr. John Munuga, Senior Clinical Officer, and others and a detailed powerpoint presentation by Mr. Brian Mwense, Head Nutritionist, concerning under-5 nutrition priorities: CLICK HERE
Good news that emergency referrals were said to have improved due to the emergency radios and anti-shock garments (Life Wraps) which we have provided. However many challenges remain including, for example:
Intermittent supplies from MOH
Inadequate equipment at all levels, emergency care, physiotherapy, radiography, maternal and child health, and nutrition
New health posts have been established, but are not equipped
Community health services need to be strengthened
Trauma training is needed from community level upwards
- Sphygomanometeres (blood pressure machines)
- Baby scales, length boards, MUAC arm circumference measuring tapes
- Incubators, fully equipped resuscitation unit, cardiotocograph and foetal Doppler machines for measuring fetal heart and other maternal health functions
- Wheelchairs, crutches (all sizes)
- Ultrasound probe
|Meeting with Dr Knoziak Chisenga, Chitambo District Director of Health (centre right in white shirt and tie)|
|Meeting with Madam Catherine Kunda|
|Madam Kunda at her desk|
|Visit to Chipundu Rural health clinic and Livingstone Monument|
|New toilet block at the monument, with flushing toilets!|
|Exhibition includes models of Livingstone's trusty companions, Suzi and Chuma, finally getting some recognition for their huge part in caring for the dying Livingstone and transporting his remains to be buried in UK (Consider in the middle!)|
On the return to Lusaka, the team met some old friends, Matron Delphine Milimo and Matron Hildah Mubanga, at Mkushi (pictured below).
|L to R, Matron Milimo, Bridget, Matron Mubanga, Consider|
The team then stopped over in Kabwe and caught up with FoCH Trustee, Levi Chifwaila, Senior Nurse Tutor at Kanwe School of Nursing. Levi is a founder member of Friends of Chitambo and the inspiration behind the reopening of the Chitambo School of Nursing. Although his teaching duties prevented him from taking part in the official meetings, he was formally introduced to Dr. Msiska as a key local FoCH representative for future reference.
|Joyous reunion with Levi|
And they were privileged to introduced to Dr. Kabwe, who gave them time to discuss FoCH byu=usiness and concerns.
|Meting with Dr. Kabwe, Central province Permanent Secretary for Heath|
Back in Lusaka, the team met up with Mr. Sam Abrahams, CEO, First Aid Africa, and arranged for him to later meet up with Dr. Msiska (pictured below).
|Sam Abrahams (R), Dr Msiska, and other Scottish colleagues just arrived in Zambia|
All in all, this was a highly successful and inspiring visit, leading to deepening and strengthening of our existing bonds. Congratulations all.