In October Dr Craig of Mercy Fliers, partner to Flying Mission Zambia, took Dr Breen up to Chitokoloki Mission hospital for the annual fistula repair camp there.
This year is the fourth year that Doctors Uta and Craig (from Mercy Fliers, partner of Flying Mission Zambia) have visited Mongu hospital on the Zambezi river, about 150km south of Chitokoloki. They took with them a new microscope donated to Uta by some German friends of hers. This microscope is amazing. Instead of the old thing which weighed 30kg and filled the aircraft, this new one weighs 8kg and occupies a briefcase!
‘What a blessing that I was here at the right time with the aeroplane’.
Flying Mission Zambia pilot Andy Kradolfer explains further:
Submitted by John Solt, Flying Mission Zambia pilot.
When I flew resident Chitokoloki surgeon, David McAdam, his surgical staff , and a visiting doctor, to a remote hospital in NW Province, I found myself more involved than I had expected! There were eight surgeries lined up for the day. One was an emergency C-section delivery to which I was invited. Do you think I scrubbed up well? Continue reading “Zambian deliveries”
Flying Mission Zambia recently flew its first ever cross-border flight into the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire). Pilot and FMZ manager, Bryan Wilson, transported Dr. David McAdam, resident surgeon from Chitokoloki, in NW Province of Zambia, along with Murray, a building and supplies coordinator, the 500 miles north of FMZ base to a village called Mulongo. Two years ago when Dr. McAdam did this trip he was able to fly in, but then had to drive out. Continue reading “D R Congo on the radar”
Things don’t always go to plan in rural Africa. Last year, a Flying Mission Zambia contingent went to NW Province to complete an airfield for a remote Mission Maternity Clinic. The job proved to be a challenge for a number of reasons. By Christmas the rains had set in and the work had to be shelved until the end of the ‘green season’ – April or May. It was very disappointing for the medical mission personnel, who have waited patiently for some years for this provision. The FMZ workers, who badly wanted to hand over another working airstrip to their partners there, were somewhat frustrated.
Since we reported on Kenneth’s accident in the item, ‘Tell me your job description again‘, he has made very good progress. When Bryan Wilson MD of Flying Mission Zambia, took a party there recently, he took these photos for us. Shortly after that, Stuart Bassham, a UK volunteer, visited the remote hospital and chatted with medical staff there. He discovered that there was a need for a sling to enable a hoist to be used in the care of Kenneth. Stuart contacted his wife, Nicky, who works with disabled people.
Here in Africa one never knows what might happen around us and without the ‘4 Emergency Services’ to hand, the mission station is often the first port of call for problem-solving. Here is a recent story from the Smiths at Chitokoloki.
Tannis Walker (Head of Hospital) has been the only missionary medical person around for a few weeks and has been handling any and all medical situations that have come in while our doctor has been on leave. This means a LOT falls to her. Decisions are often called for immediately, and such was the case one day when several local men came to her, carrying in a man on a blanket.
Kenneth had been in a tree trying to capture a baby monkey. Monkeys are a real menace here and play havoc in the maize fields, so the local people try to cull them in order to protect their crops. Kenneth had noticed a little one in a tree and knowing the mother was now gone, he had decided to capture the infant.
Whilst visiting our partner missionaries at Chitokoloki recently, we were thrilled to hear this story from Gordon Hanna, the administrator there, and asked to share it with you all. Here it is as Gordon tells it:
It’s dry season in the Northwest Province of Zambia, and with it come different flying conditions…and sometimes, different landing conditions. So say Phil and Vella Smith, Flying Mission Zambia personnel.
"Mike 5-4, we are overhead Chavuma for landing, but having to circle because the airstrip is on fire!"