With the support of the Medical Support Group in the Netherlands the facilities at St Francis’ are continuously upgraded. Three important projects are finished now.
A new tractor was urgently needed in the hospital. Without a tractor, the removal of the rubbish, shifting building and other materials is a real hassle. Since the old one has completely broken down, the hospital management put in a request to the Dutch support group St Francis’ Hospital MSG to provide the funds to buy a new one. The hospital staff submitted quotations of several suppliers and an 18.000 dollar Massey Ferguson was selected.
Funds raised by MSG were topped up bij the Dutch organisation Wild Geese by 50%.
The money is being transferred into the hospital account shortly so that a brand new tractor can be procured.
The Annual Report of the year 2015, compiled by the Senior Hospital Administrator, Audreen Lunda Kamukwaba. The Annual Report gives to the interested reader detailed data about the hospital operations and status, including finances and staffing information.
You can download the report by clicking the following link : 2015-2016-annual-report.
Dr Lalick Banda has been appointed new Medical Superintendent of St Francis’ Hospital. As from August 2016 Dr Banda, beside being an experienced pediatrician, has started work as hospital manager at SFH. Mr Anil Sharma, a close colleague at the Ministry of Health writes about him:
“Mr Lalick Banda is a very competent doctor who has a thorough knowledge of his subject and is a real hard worker. Besides all his knowledge he is ever ready to learn. Over and above he is an excellent human being full of compassion and honesty.”
Although new wards are being built, lack of qualified senior staff partly caused by lack of appropriate accommodation, for senior staff (consultant surgeons, physicians, pediatricians, gynecologists) remains a major challenge. The hospital has many housing units, but most of them are either too small (1-2 bedrooms) or too old for decent accommodation (many built in 1950-70s-and risk collapsing on occupants). To encourage more senior doctors (consultants) to join st Francis to save lives, some partners have helped to donate funds to build more senior staff houses or to rehabilitate the old ones.
In 2013, the Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, through its chair, Mr. Peter Keeling, contributed funds to construct 3 staff houses (are occupied by two 2 newly posted doctors and a newly posted chaplain). Since st Francis is a 2nd level hospital receiving complicated cases for specialist treatment from 1st level hospitals and clinics, the public and patients expect to find qualified specialist doctors, such as consultants to manage them. However, without proper accommodation, such expectations are unrealizable, and patients’ care suffers.
Therefore, you can make a huge difference to patients’ welfare by contributing any little amount towards the staff house accommodation. Indeed, you will have helped to improve patients care in the rural area of Katete, Zambia. Kindly contact us for further details using the address shown on the web site.