Posts for Country Zambia

Patient story: Monica Kamana

If there’s one thing children worldwide have in common, its a love for playtime.  Six year old, Monica Kamana is no exception; she loves to play and embarks on new adventures daily. There is no shortage of friends to play with since she lives in a high density area, referred to as a “slum,” in Lusaka’s Kalingalinga compound. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chris & Geoffrey’s Little Workshop

Like I have always said, some of the most amazing stories I’ve come across since coming to work here at CURE Zambia have been those coming from our dedicated staff.  Chris and Geoffrey are no exception.  Chris and Geoffrey have been working at CURE Zambia since May of this year, and their story is truly uplifting. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »