Posts for Country Zambia

Patient Story: Henry

Henry was born four years ago in a very poor neighbourhood in central Lusaka called Garden.  His birth went well and his development appeared to be progressing normally, until a few months later when Henry’s mother, Linah, noticed that her newborn’s right leg was beginning to bend outward.  Linah immediately suspected that her son had rickets. Read the rest of this entry »


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Lukoba’s Cotton Ears

It’s been some time since I’ve had the chance to give you all a story from our ENT department, so I’ve decided to tell you the story of Lukoba, a 6 year old girl from Lusaka.  I sat down with her mother, Edith, who told me that last February, Lukoba had put cotton wool in her ears to clean them.  She thought she had completely removed the cotton wool.  Unfortunately, two weeks later, Lukoba started complaining of pain in her ears.  She was also having trouble hearing out of her right ear.  “I was really very worried, and I wasn’t sure what to do,” said Edith.  Edith checked the inside her daughter’s ears and noticed something white in her right ear.  Mother and daughter quickly headed to their local clinic, where nurses removed the remnants of the cotton wool and flushed out her right ear. Read the rest of this entry »

Nursing Students from Wisconsin Lutheran College Visit CURE Zambia

CURE Zambia is always thrilled to receive visitors from abroad, and the latest group of visitors was no exception.  CURE Zambia hosted ten nursing students and three instructors from Wisconsin Lutheran College last week.  The 3rd year nursing students came to Zambia to learn different perspectives on nursing in developing nations as part of their course work. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient Story: Cosmas and Samson, Best Friends

I must confess that I have a weakness for pleasant, lively, smiling children.  Every time I see a child smile it melts my heart.  Over the past couple of days, I spent time with two of the cutest little boys to come through CURE Zambia since I started working at the organization.  Their names are Cosmas and Samson, and this is their story. Read the rest of this entry »

CURE Zambia Hosts IFSBH Parent Conference 2011

Last Friday, CURE Zambia was teeming with men, women, and children for the annual parent’s conference of the Lusaka chapter of the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.  Organizers had estimated that approximately 180 parents and children would come to the hospital for the conference, but a whopping 242 people showed up, proving to everyone that the issues surrounding the care of children suffering from hydrocephalus and spina bifida are at the forefront of pediatric care in Zambia. Read the rest of this entry »

Staff Profile: Dr. Kachinga Sichizya, Consultant Neurosurgeon, CURE Zambia

I first met Dr. Sichizya when I was being interviewed for the position I currently hold at CURE Zambia.  It was his office that I used to have my Skype chat with CURE HQ in the US.  I remember that he told me—without even witnessing my interview, mind you—that I had the job.  I thought to myself, who is this guy?  I was to find out a few short weeks later that he was the consultant neurosurgeon for the entire hospital. Read the rest of this entry »

Patient story: Little Taonga

There are so many things that our body does that we take for granted.  We never ever consider how the food we consume is digested and processed or how our body produces and absorbs vitamins.  I met a little girl today named Taonga who really made me pause and think.

Three-and-a-half-year-old Taonga was born in a town called Luanshya in Zambia’s Copperbelt province, just a short drive away from the Congolese border.  “Taonga was born completely normal and was developing normally until she turned one and a half,” said Taonga’s mother, Ailedy.  At about 1 year 7 months, Ailedy started to notice that her little girl was walking with a limp.  After two weeks of watching her daughter’s gait change, Ailedy took Taonga to the Arthur Davis Children’s Hospital in Ndola, the largest city in the Copperbelt province.  It was at this hospital that Taonga was diagnosed with a terrible disease called rickets. Read the rest of this entry »

Flowers for the President

A few weeks ago CURE Zambia was extremely fortunate to have Rupiah Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, come and visit our facility.  When he arrived, he was greeted by a bevy of CURE Zambia staff members, press, and notable public servants.  But the face that stood out the most was that of Susan, a 13-year-old from a tiny village in Zambia’s Luapula Province, who was selected to present the Zambian head of state a bouquet of flowers.  You see, Susan was born with a cleft lip that had never been repaired.  As it turns out, the president’s visit to CURE Zambia was only the background event—Susan’s story was the real story. Read the rest of this entry »

CURE Zambia Hosts First Annual Egg Hunt

It has been a while since I last wrote you all, and much as happened since our big visit from the President of Zambia.  On the Saturday of Easter weekend, CURE Zambia hosted its first annual Easter Egg Hunt.  Children and their parents from all over Lusaka — including all the patients from the hospital — came out to enjoy the festivities.

Volunteers at the hospital worked tirelessly to put together the event.  “Originally we had been expecting about 75 people,” said Rev. Na Haamumba, Spiritual Centre Associate at CURE Zambia.  “We ended up with at least 150 kids and adults.  We had to run to the shops to buy more candy!”

Children were first treated to a story, then sent to go and hunt for the cleverly hidden Easter eggs.  During the egg hunt, the children got a surprise when the presidential helicopter flew over the hospital.

“All in all the event was a huge success,” said CURE Zambia matron, Judy Obison.  It looks the CURE Zambia Easter Egg Hunt will be a permanent fixture on the calendar going forward!

18 Miles

N\'thipile with her brand new hearing aids!Noria and N’thipile’s daily routine begins at 5am.  Noria bathes and dresses her 9-year-old granddaughter for school and then walks about 800 meters to the nearest bus stop to get the bus into downtown Lusaka.  The bus ride from home to downtown Lusaka is six miles.  Once they get to town Noria puts her granddaughter on the bus to travel another three miles to the Lusaka Girls School, completing a journey of nine miles just to go to school.  Noria waits in town for her granddaughter to complete school at 11am.  The determined pair start their journey again — in reverse –  to go home for the day.  18 miles a day to go to school is definitely nothing to sneeze at! Read the rest of this entry »