Thursday, 7 February 2019

CC Systems has installed the new radio infrastructure at Chitambo Hospital

Message from Chitambo partners:

"The new radio system installation at Chitambo Hospital by CC Systems. All the four(4) ambulances within Chitambo District now have radio communication systems.Thumbs up to our partners FoCH. The gesture will improve on responses to emergencies."

Good news from Chitambo towards an activation of the short code (Toll free number) by the Zambian Ministry of Health. Good Afternoon Consider, We have done the radio installation at Chitambo hospital and on a primary test with one ambulance we could reach a distance of around 40 km (see attached pictures). Also we did have a bit of a challenge to get to Reuben RHC that borders Zambia and Congo DRC (see pictures attached) we managed and all went well. Reuben has communication as well and connects to several clinics. We installed one extra mobile antenna into one additional Ambulance which already had a radio installed but no antenna Please let us know should there be any issue with the system, but we do not expect any problems. With Kind Regards CC Systems
CC Systems installing the emergency radio infrastructure

Saturday, 2 February 2019

We urgently need a Mothers Shelter

Chitambo Hospital also urgently needs a Mother's Shelter so that, in line with government policy, expectant mothers can deliver in hospital.  The shelter will provide accommodation for up to 1 month before delivery.

A similar shelter was built at Mpelembe, the largest of Chitambo District's 'hard to reach' Rural Health Clinics, in the Bangwelu wetlands.  This was funded by the Zambian Government's Constituency Development Fund.  However, that supply is now exhausted and the Chitambo District Director of Health is concerned about how to meet the government requirement that all expectant mothers deliver in hospital.  His cost estimate is around £12,000 for the building infrastructure.  More would, of course, be needed for equipping the shelter.

Any thoughts on how we can help Chitambo raise this funding would be welcomed.

We urgently need that trauma training

The shortcode (free toll) emergency care number installation is not a moment too soon as these photos of a serious bus accident at Kanona, near Chitambo Hospital, on 18th January, show. One person died and the injured were ferried to the hospital in the pouring rain.

This accident was reported the day after our Scottish Government Small Grant Assessment for our next funding application.  This application includes requested trauma and first repsonder training for hospital staff.  As the Head Physiotherapist said after the above accident:

"We urgently need that trauma training." 

Bus accident at Kanona near Chitambo

Chitambo ambulance crew stands by 

Dealing with the wreckage

Shortcode number for's official!

Thanks to Scottish Government, First Aid Africa, the Zambian Ministry of Health and the tireless efforts of Mr Consider Mudenda, Project Coordinator, money has now changed hands and work to install the necessary infrastructure (masts and radios) to enable the 992 shortcode (free toll) number for health in Chitambo District begins on Monday 4th February. Once implemented, this system will give everyone free telephone access to emergency help and advice, saving lives by cutting down on multiple delays.

FoCH, in collaboration with First Aid Africa and Chitambo colleagues, has  priced medical equipment...autoclave, x-ray processor, laboratory fridge and other items....much needed by the hospital.  These, again sponsored by Scottish Government, should soon be in place and making a difference.