Following a visit in October 2014 by Dr Jane Macdonell, paediatrician, a need was identified for physiotherapy equipment. 

A charity called 'Physionet' collected second hand equipment from around UK and arranged a shipping container. Much of the equipment came from the joint SBC/NHS Borders Ability Equipment Store via Nancy Anderson Head Paediatric OT. Jane then raised the shipping costs through fundraising and grants.

REPORT ON THE PHYSIONET DONATION by Brian Nkhoma Physiotherapist at SFH 

11th December 2015 

I am very pleased to report that the physiotherapy equipment that was donated to St Francis hospital (SFH) arrived safely. The equipment arrived at SFH in batches of 3 of which the first one was on 30th October 2015. The last one came in on 7th November 2015. The equipment will give us a major boost in the care and management of children particularly the children with cerebral palsy. This is so because previously y we had a serious crisis in terms of rehabilitation equipment for children. This is bearing in mind that SFH gets referrals from across the province for all services including rehabilitation. 

Plans for the equipment 

As a hospital we plan to distribute the equipment to the intended beneficiaries using two approaches 

  1. Share some equipment with other institutions. Chipata General Hospital, Chadiza District Hospital and Sinda Zonal Health Center will be given some equipment so that the help in identifying and distributing the equipment to people in there localities. These are patients that would have otherwise been referred to SFH for the same assistance. 
  2. SFH taking a major role in distributing. As one of the main referral hospital in the province, it has huge number of patients referred for rehabilitation and a good number of them require mobility aids which are in short supply at SFH. Therefore most of the equipment would be distributed from SFH. For some equipment however they would not be distributed to individuals but would be left for institutional rehabilitation where we feel even a bigger number of patients would benefit. These would include the Prones/ standing frames, corner seats and some paediatric walkers. For most of the mobility aids, they will go to individuals. Of which the distribution has already started. 

I am further pleased to report that a few seating aids will go to some children that have been attending physiotherapy at SFH and have since been enrolled at Omelo Mumba School ‘s special unit.