Friends of Chitambo, founded independently in 2011, is a Scottish charitable organisation that aims to support health projects in Chitambo district, Central Province, Zambia. We currently support the hospital, the ambulance service and the nurse training school. We also focus on strengthening the ties of friendship and knowledge exchange between Zambia and Scotland, dedicated partners with important historical links.
Chitambo Hospital was founded in 1908 by the Moffats, family of Mary Livingstone, in memory of her husband, David Livingstone, who died in the district. Originally run by Church of Scotland missionaries- including relatives of our Friends of Chitambo founder- it is now under the control of the Zambian Ministry of Health. Scottish connections were rekindled when descendants of Scottish missionaries revisited the hospital in 2004.
Chitambo district is in the eastern side of Central Province, serving a population of approximately 65,000. The small 100-bed hospital is the hub for 13 rural health clinics (RHC), some of which are up to 160km from the hospital.