The Scottish Government cash for the Livingstone Fellowship Scheme has allowed Zambian doctors to benefit from specialist training with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland.
Scottish International Development Minister Dr. Alasdair Allan said that Doctors from Zambia can come to Scotland to receive specialist training due to a £200,000 fund.
Dr. Allan made the announcement last week in advance of a week’s visit to Zambia starting from 9th to 13 February, which will build on historical ties between Scotland and Zambia.
The Livingstone Fellowship Scheme, provided through the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland, will allow three experienced doctors from Zambia and Malawi to spend a year in Scotland receiving further training which they will then take back home to the benefit of their communities. It will also provide funding for up to a further eight doctors from both countries to receive the smaller fellowship grants.
The Glasgow Royal College Livingstone Fellowship scheme provides a framework for sponsored trainees to work in the Scottish Health Service for a year or more.
During his visit, the Minister and his entourage will spend time in Central Province, the focus for the Scottish Government’s new Zambian Development Programme, to discuss the progress of projects and meet charities, agencies and local people implementing the work.
Among the other projects that the Minister will visit are Action Aid and Grassroots Soccer initiative in Lusaka, funded in partnership with Comic Relief, that is helping young people by engaging the young and adolescent girls in sport and supporting those at risk of violence.
He will also meet with members of the Zambian Police Service and see the work that trainers from Police Scotland are delivering to help the Zambian Police Service improve child protection and reduce gender based violence.
The visit will be used to discuss how Scotland and Zambia can further collaborate in areas like global health, in pursuit of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“I’m looking forward to getting the chance to see how our investment is supporting the excellent initiatives developed in Zambia, that are making a very real difference on a daily basis to the local population, not only now but for years to come.”
Dr. Allan said he was delighted that the Scottish Government is able to expand this valuable programme and extend it to Zambia, as a key partner country.
“It is fitting that Dr. David Livingstone’s legacy, which have left equally strong links between Scotland and Zambia, is also reflected in the award of these fellowships. By empowering people in developing nations and giving them the skills and opportunities to improve the lives of themselves and their communities, we are helping them to enhance sustainable, long-term development.
LONDON, Friday, 9th February, 2018
Issued by: Abigail Chaponda (Mrs.) First Secretary | Press and Public Relations Zambia High Commission in the United Kingdom.