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New Scotland–Zambia medical link

New Scotland–Zambia medical link

Dr Malambo with colleagues at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow
Dr Malambo with colleagues at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children Glasgow
Livingstone 2013 Initiative

A new medical exchange has been established linking Livingstone in Zambia with Glasgow in Scotland. The programme started when Livingstone General Hospital was approached by the Livingstone 2013 Initiative with a proposal for a new Livingstone –  Glasgow medical exchange. The hospital was invited to select a candidate for the first stage in an area of expertise most suited to its long-term needs.


“We were given an opportunity for one of our medical officers to have an observership at leading hospitals in Scotland,” said Dr Monze, Medical Superintendent. “We are hopeful this will translate into the officer getting exposure to an extent that he can be trained into a fully qualified Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist later on. Should this be the case then the hospital would look forward to opening another service which our community has been denied for a long time – an ENT clinic.”


Dr Alex Malambo, the first junior doctor to take part in the exchange, recently returned from a three-month clinical attachment in Glasgow, where he was mentored by Mr Robert Carachi, senior Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow (RCPSG) and Professor of Surgical Paediatrics at the University of Glasgow; Mr Haytham Kubba, Consultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children; and Mr Omar Hilmi and Professor Mackenzie at Gartnavel General Hospital and The Royal Infirmary.


“The people in Scotland were friendly both within and outside the hospital,” said Dr Malambo. “The hospital environment was warmly welcoming too, and I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences both in the work of the ENT departments and in a wider cultural context.


“My medical experience in Glasgow has been awesome. My immediate supervisors and other consultants have been very helpful and are men and women of great talent.  My experience in ENT, head and neck surgery has been so rich that my desire to become an ENT surgeon has strengthened.


“I have seen and learnt different procedures and cases, as well as newer techniques for doing some of these procedures. My knowledge of ENT improved every day and I am sure that Livingstone city community will benefit positively from my time in Scotland.”

Dr Malambo went on to say: “On behalf of myself, Livingstone General Hospital and the community at large, I say thank you to Belinda Hodge, Dr Peter Raine, the RCPSG and the David Livingstone Bicentenary for the marvellous opportunity they have given to me.”


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