Penicuik charity in Zambia cash plea

The first intake of students at the Chitambo Hospital and Nursing School in Zambia.
The first intake of students at the Chitambo Hospital and Nursing School in Zambia.

A LOCAL charity has accused the Scottish government of snubbing a key part of Dr David Livingstone’s legacy in its commemoration of the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Penicuik for Africa (PfA) is developing nurse-training opportunities at Chitambo Hospital in Zambia, close to where the noted missionary and explorer died in 1873.

The anniversary of the Blantyre man’s birth was marked recently when First Minister Alex Salmond announced the awarding of £5 million to organisations supporting projects in Malawi.

But Dr Jo Vallis, the co-ordinator for PfA/Friends of Chitambo, is frustrated that Zambia, the country where Livingstone carried out most of his work, is excluded from the Scottish Government’s international funding policy.

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