Friends of Chitambo S.C.I.O

Friends of Chitambo

S.C.I.O

Friends of Chitambo Team

Bridget Innes

Bridget is a semi-retired GP based in Lothian, where she was a partner for many years, and now works in Out-of-Hours. She has an MSc in Education and was undergraduate and postgraduate trainer. More recently she obtained qualifications in tropical medicine and development management. She has worked and volunteered in several African countries including Zambia.

Consider Mudenda

Consider is currently the In-country Project Manager in Zambia. He has a strong background in Computing sciences/Information management systems and strategic planning. He studied in Zambia and Italy (Computer Science), as well as at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh (Strategic Planning). He is an experienced project manager who has worked at University of California (School of Media and ICT), John Hopkins Bloomberg (School of Medicine), Tropical Health Education Trust (Nursing schools in Zambia), University of Zambia (School of Engineering and Medicine), Calvin College Netherlands (Education program),and the Scottish government (Emergency Care Services). He has a passion for sustainable community development across the world.

Dr Kashina Kashina

Dr Kashina Kashina was born in Zambia and has lived in Edinburgh since 1994. He has a background in learning, teaching and training, having worked as a teacher, tutor and lecturer in Zambia and the UK. Before coming to Scotland, Dr Kashina was a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Zambia. He holds a BA Ed (University of Zambia), an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (University of Leicester), and a PhD in Linguistics (Edinburgh University). He has also carried out research and written on human relations, language policy, intercultural communication and relationships. He has written a book on his native language, Silozi. In addition to his background in academia, Dr Kashina has served in a wide variety of voluntary and public-funded organisations. He has massive love for humanity.

Heather Emond

Heather is currently undertaking a PhD in health policy and applied social science. Along with a family connection to Kenya, she has developed projects aimed at enhancing relations between Rwanda and Scotland; and has been involved in civic research focusing on Scotland’s links to Zambia and Malawi. Heather has worked in the fields of economic development, external relations, project monitoring, and data protection.

Jo Vallis

Jo is founder and Chair of Friends of Chitambo. She is a nurse/nurse teacher and social scientist by background, with over 40 years' experience of health services and health-related work. She has contributed to winning four rounds of UK/Scottish Government grant funds for Global Health projects in Zambia since 2010, and has led three of these to successful completion. Jo grew up in Zambia, at Chitambo, and founded the organisation after returning there in 2003. She is passionate about contributing, with Chitambo partners, to promoting a ‘healthier Chitambo District’.

Levi Chifwaila

Levi Chifwaila is a co-founder member and Trustee of Friends of Chitambo. He is a Registered Nurse, Midwife and Nurse Tutor, holding Masters and BSc degrees in Nursing Sciences with support from Friends of Chitambo. His training and practice have an emphasis on Maternal and Child Health. Levi was headhunted for the position of Nurse in Charge, Paediatrics, at Chitambo Hospital (2001), and went on to become Nursing Officer in 2004 until 2008. He was instrumental in reopening Chitambo School of Nursing (2012) and was Senior Tutor there for several years before taking up his current post as Senior Tutor at Kabwe School of Nursing, Central Province, Zambia. Levi has vast knowledge and experience of rural and urban healthcare in Zambia and is closely connected with top officials at the Zambian Ministry of Health.

Mudenda Munkombwe

Mudenda is the Secretary for Friends of Chitambo. She is a Health Service Researcher who has lived in Scotland since 1999. She has more than 15 years’ health sector experience in Zambia and Scotland. In Zambia, she worked for Oxfam and the Department for International Development. Since moving to Scotland, she has worked for three NHS Scotland health boards, focusing on education for healthcare workers, health statistics, eHealth and mental health services. Mudenda has an Accounting Diploma, a MSc in International Health, MSc in Research (Business and Management) and a postgraduate certificate in Health Economics. She is keen to use her knowledge of Zambia and Scottish healthcare experience to support projects in Zambia. Outside work, Mudenda is a committed Christian who volunteers as a Sunday school teacher at her local church in Edinburgh.

Richard Vallis

Richard is Jo's partner and a long-standing Trustee of Friends of Chitambo. His main role is to help, support, and offer valuable advice gleaned through his own extensive charitable experience in the field of disability sport and theatre. Following his own transition to ‘disability’ (he is a high-level amputee), he retrained as an Archery Coach and currently leads the field in Scottish disability archery. He has set up a number of highly successful archery clubs for people with disabilities and is also Honorary President of Lung Ha Theatre company, which he initiated in 1984: http://lungha.com/ Richard brings all this valuable voluntary experience to bear on his role as a Trustee of Friends of Chitambo.