Friday, 8 March 2013
Saturday, 7 January 2012
So as a very late first post for the year PZ 2011-12 I thought it would be nice to hear from last years PZ members that went to Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe about what they were up to in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2011! Here goes:
What were the aims That Medyouth wanted to achieve in Summer 11'?
Medyouth were focusing on 4 major aims:
- to form a committee of dedicated students to mirror the UK committee
- Outreach: organise an outreach programme (medyouth life skills programme) both in Bulawayo (with doctors/dentists) and at UZ (with healthcare students) in collaboration with Childline/Say What
- Resources: Provide support to the Bulawayo Hospital Library Project set up by the junior doctors sending texbooks to a library being set up in mpilo hospital; and help with clinical resources at UZ
- Newsletter: Set up a quarterly newsletter with a collaborative effort from UK students, Bulawayo healthcare professionals and UZ healthcare students about interesting medical cases, news, etc
- -Partnership: establish a long-term partnership between students in the UK and healthcare students/professionals in Zimbabwe
Were these aims executed?
“We managed to meet most of the aims however it’ an ongoing process that’s still being established. We have formed a committee involving 3rd and 4th year students.”
Gamu Mawoyo (President of the PZ comittee)
“Our main success was finding groups to get involved! We were able to encourage students and professionals both in Bulawayo and Harare to undertake tasks. Within both groups we elected persons to lead each of the projects; both students and professionals showed genuine interest in getting projects up and running, and were keen to get things moving as quickly as possible.”
Were there any hindrances?
“Our main hindrances were communication. We were a totally new group, none of the UK members from last year were present so it was a bit confusing meeting members in zim from last year, discovering who was who and what they’re role was in medyouth. But it was fun meeting new students and how they find medical school in Zimbabwe and comparing our experiences. Discovered that the system was very similar to ours but it was an injustice that they didn’t have the same access to educational resources as we have.”
“It was difficult at first to get good contacts and meet people. We also had to stress the importance of commitment and how it is essential for success and completion of projects.
Another hindrance was money; as we had a very limited budget, there was not much we could do in terms of bringing resources with us.”
How did you find zimbabwe- the country, the people, the food and the culture?
“I loved it all! I loved travelling in between Harare and bulawayo and our trip to Vic falls was nice.”
“It's an absolutely beautiful country that is unfortunately not seen in its "true" light by reports in the media. I would definately encourage people to go and visit the country; the people are lovely and there is a lot to see and do. The one thing I was disappointed about was the lack of variety of Zimbabwean dishes! Also, it is quite expensive due to inflation”
“Loved the people, they were friendly, upbeat, caring and so willing to show us around and invited us warmly into their culture. The city of Harare is small but busy all the time, the public transport was cheap and effective (at most times!) and the shops had everything we needed, even though the coffee was so expensive!”
Victoria Bakare (Fundraising Officer)
What was the highlight of the trip?
“The highlight of the trip was vic falls. However in terms of Medyouth work it was all fun, i loved how chillaxed everybody was, the whole rush factor was taken out of it and alongside work we could enjoy the sun”
“My favourite parts would be Victoria Falls and Mtare (Eastern region)- absolutely stunning!”
“The highlight of the trip was the roadtrip we took with some friends we made from the church we joined in Zimbabwe. We took a roadtrip from Harare to Mutare in the Eastern Highlands and it was amazing. We spent two nights in Osborne Dam and had a very interesting journey getting up there which consisted of jumping into the truck of a stranger because our car was too low to carry all of us and stopping in the pitch to help a burning house full of bags of maize!”
Would you go back again?
Sunday, 11 April 2010
I am a GP in Hackney. I also work at the Royal London A and E and for the Out of Hours service in Tower Hamlets. I do some consultancy work for the BMJ. I am a Council member for the Royal College of GPs and sit on the BMA’s Ethics Committee.
What has been your involvement with NUST?
Through ZHTS I have supported NUST with its ongoing development of the medical curriculum and assessment. I have also been a visiting lecturer.
What were your main highlights during your time at NUST?
How did you involved with ZHTS?
What do you see in the future of ZHTS?
ZHTS will need to expand its membership and try and attract more health professionals from the Zimbawean diaspora for its continued success. The link with Kings IDU is exciting because of the track record that Kings has working with its Somali land link
How do you view the relationship between Project Zimbabwe and ZHTS?
What are your hobbies? I really enjoy the arts and culture scene in London. I also sing with the City of London Chamber Choir.
Saturday, 3 April 2010
What made you decide to run for President of Project Zimbabwe?
--> I had been involved with PZ since its inception, working with the
founding president, Kirsten Scott, to build and expand the project. I had
invested a lot of time and energy in to the general running of PZ and also
played an active role in fundraising events. I guess I could see the big
potential PZ had and I wanted to put into place all my ideas and
aspirations. I had also not undertaken such a role before and relished the
challenge on a personal level.
What were your main goals during your Presidency?
of well run umbrella projects with good branding, advertising and possible
sponsorship for each. I wanted to raise the profile of PZ within the
college to bring new talents to the group and develop new project ideas. I
also wanted to increase the amount of funding available to PZ so that all
our ideas could be realised.
What were the challenges you faced?
events and keeping on top of administrative tasks whilst in my final year of
medical school. Our hugely successful book project also involved an
enormous amount of time and manual labour. Gaining interest and support from
fellow students and interested parties, I am happy to say, was never a
What was the highlight of your Presidency?
letter from the King's Fund, stating our funding application to be a
success. I also thoroughly enjoyed all of our African Music nights - seeing
the coming together of a range of people, all enjoying the entertainment,
knowing that 100% of the outcomes would be for the benefit of PZ projects. I
was also very proud to pass on the role of presidency to the new brilliant
presidents, safe in the knowledge that all the hard work gone before
wouldn't be in vane.
What are you up to now?
Hospital, I am also the part-time administrator for ZHTS, PZ's parent
charity. My role for ZHTS includes running the website, maintaining the
membership database, creating all graphics and many general administrative
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Aside from that, I am one of the regional finalists for the competition called 'Live and Unsigned' for original artists around the country which is a great honour.
What was the highlight of performing at last year's open mic night?
Where are you from originally?
What would you say has been the main influence on your singing and songwriting style?
What's on your Ipod at the moment?
What are the main challenges of being an upcoming singer/songwriter?
Here's a clip of Womba:
Sunday, 28 February 2010
What does Fungai Neni mean?
'Think with me' as well as 'Fungai and I' - in essence, I am asking that people be actively engaged in the content that I produce.
What do you do professionally?
What inspired you to start your blog?
What's the aim of your blog?
What advice would you give to other bloggers?
When you're writing do you think about your audience or do you prefer to just write?
Other than blogging do you have any other hobbies?
How did you get involved with Medyouth?
Sunday, 7 February 2010
What made you decide to start Project Zimbabwe?
What were the initial challenges to starting such a group?
What was the highlight of your time as President?
What were the main challenges you were faced with during your presidency?
What are you up to now?
Sunday, 24 January 2010
During the holidays I watched district 9 and was myself and others slightly confused. Some thought it was about xenophobia? But it was actually based on the events that occurred in the 1970's at District 6 in South Africa . The film was overall very good but it had a significant weaknesses. Why were the 'Nigerians' in the film speaking Nyanja?
Thursday, 14 January 2010
During the summer, I read the controversial, 'Dead Aid' by the Zambian economist, Dambisa Moyo and was incredibly excited and refreshed to hear about solutions for Africa from a female African economist.
With four degrees under her belt, and heavy weight work experience, she spent some time at the World Bank as well as Goldman Sachs, Dambisa Moyo makes an aggressive attack on the aid model. It is important to note that in her book Dambisa is talking specifically about bilateral aid and is not referring to humanitarian aid or charitable aid, though she does remind the reader that we should remain aware of what charity can do and what it cannot do.
She does indeed make some compelling arguments:
- Why is that over a billion dollars worth of aid has gone to Africa in the last 60 years but the continent is now poorer.
- Aid cripples the private sector, as well as the free market. Aid is a '...band aid solution..' that is only useful in the short term. Africans should not rely on foreign governments for the provision of public goods.
- There are other ways of raising money including trade with emerging economies like China and India as well as accessing the capital markets.
Whilst her book is a bit heavy, in that it tends to overload you with facts and some of her assertions are rather spurious, it's a good read. I would give it an overall 3/5 on the basis that some of her assertions are inaccurate. However, I am very impressed that she has ignited a conversation that is spoken of way to little and has highlighted how complicated the aid system is.
I am looking forward to her next book; 'How the West Was Lost' coming out this year.
Monday, 4 January 2010
Overall Rating: 3/5
As Sachs has spent many years working for the World Bank and the forward of his latest book was by Bono, I was very sceptical of this book. However, I found the first half of this book interesting. It described the history of global economics, why countries have developed at different rates and there were case studies of economic reforms in India, China, Poland and Hungary. Although the case studies were economically interesting and very readable, I felt the name dropping and Sachs ego got a little tiring after a while.
The concept I liked most in this book was how Sachs used a ‘clinical diagnosis’ of economic difficulties that countries faced which took into account geography, politics and health. This also highlighted the importance of individual countries developing their own policies for development, and not having a one size fits all policy forced upon them from the World Bank or IMF. I think this is a conclusion that most people who work within the World Bank soon realise, but often too late.
I was less impressed with the second half of the book which aimed to describe how to end poverty. The answer was to increase funding from developing countries, written in detail for too many pages. Although this may be beneficial, I expected more innovation and creativity by a World Renowned Economic Professor. After finishing the book, I felt he had wasted his time writing the second half. This perhaps demonstrates that there are no quick fixes to problems as complex as poverty but surely one of the most influential people in the world could have come up with a better idea than simply giving more money?
Overall Rating 4/5I read this book after attending a book launch by the author. He made a lively and interesting presentation and I was looking forward to reading his book. I was not disappointed. The nature of this book is clearly in the title. It is an inspiring book, with examples of where active citizens and effective states have positive outcomes in laws, human rights, development and poverty. It was well researched by Duncan Green, who is a researcher for Oxfam, and had more tangible and practical ideas from Southern countries compared to Jeffery Sachs book. I really liked the examples of active citizens scattered in the book, and it surprised and pleased me how a group of people, who are uneducated, poor and often discriminated against, can get together and really change things. To me this really demonstrated empowerment. I recommend this book to students who are interested in development in the wider context of social and environmental injustices faced by people in poverty.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Tell us about yourself?
I am a final year medical student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe. I was instrumental in the conception of Medyouth our medical school through my communication with Kirsten Scott who was a medical student then. With fellow colleagues from NUST and King's we then devised the Buddy Project in which students would pair up and communicate via email, share electronic resource and ideas. With continued expansion and growth of this project we started to gain recognition on campus and generated support of the university and community de to our community programmes.
Sunday, 6 December 2009
What are you studying???
Medicine, in my 3rd year at the moment and enjoying every second of it.
Why get involved with med youth?
Medyouth is a collaborative venture of medical students in the UK and Zimbabwe and is such a unique program i am privileged to be part of. We engage in a variety if activities which include sexual health education, exchange of ideas in medical school teaching and fund
Highlight of your Year
By far the highlight of the year would be the trip to meet our counterparts in Bulawayo. Its was such a great opportunity to fullfill our agenda and strengthen our relationship. I learnt a lot in the teaching sessions we had. The role plays were amazing and it was great to have other organisations involved. Cannot wait to go back and see the progress we are making and catch up with our peers!!!
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Do come and watch the film and meet some members of the team!
Place: Kings College London
New Hunts House
Monday, 23 November 2009
What is Medyouth Medyouth is a collaborative project designed and managed by students in the UK and Zimbabwe, which delivers “life skills” peer education training to students and community workers in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
- Collaboration: “Medyouth” is run by sister committees at KCL (London) and NUST (Bulawayo). The committees have been working together since 2007.
- Life skills + Peer education: Life skills are skills of negotiation, communication and self-awareness that help young people make informed decisions as they enter the world of adult responsibilities and relationships. Peer education methods create a safe and respectful environment where worries and problems can be balanced by information provision and facilitated discussion
- Training: Medyouth training in 08 + 09 was delivered by Zimbabwean organisations Community Working Group on Health and Childline Zimbabwe. Trainees were from UK and Zimbabwe and the group consisted of medical, physiotherapy, journalism and other students, community workers and peer educators. Successful Medyouth trainees have taught in local secondary schools, covering topics such as puberty and body awareness, relationships and children’s rights. The project has trained over 50 trainees and taught over 1000 young people.
What is your role in Medyouth I’ve been Medyouth coordinator since 2008, which included coordinating the pilot project (2008), conducting a full evaluation and ensuring improvements were put into place in 2009. I’m now also co-president of Project Zimbabwe, but with special focus on Medyouth; I’m hoping to find a new Medyouth coordinator this year, and I’m looking forward to showing them the the ropes!
What made you decide to get involved? Since coming to uni I’ve been involved with the UK student group ‘Sexpression’, a brilliant organisation that teaches medical students to be effective peer educators in sexual health and relationships education (SRE). Sexpression KCL volunteers are well respected by teachers and schools in south London, and with them I’ve seen first-hand the effect when a myth or rumour about sexual relationships/puberty is dispelled in class- being able to safely discuss things that are a source of worry and confusion allows young people to feel confident in their decision-making.
As a member of Project Zimbabwe for 3 years, I got to know my buddy in Bulawayo, Linos, really well. We chatted about Sexpression and his work on HIV prevention in Zimbabwe, and felt we could learn from each other’s community work. Espcially we felt that medical students in both our institutions would benefit from the communication and negotiation skills learned during a peer educator training programme. Meanwhile, a few other ‘buddies’ from the PZ programme were sharing similar ideas, and as a group we decided to work together on a programme at Linos’ university - “Medyouth” was born!
Highlight of this yearBeing asked for advice by other student groups in Bulawayo who are setting up similar groups!! This was really encouraging, as it shows Medyouth’s strong foundations - our training programme is well known and respected, and the work taps into a real enthusiasm for community work and volunteering in the local university population. Also I’m really excited about the tentative plans to work more closely with Childline Zimbabwe- we’re hoping to learn a lot from their excellent counsellors.
Challenges over the year The biggest challenge over this year is to sustain ongoing communication with our organising committee in Bulawayo, their university, our partner organisations, schools and trainees (and the list is happily growing!). We know how much enthusiasm there is for the project, but with bad internet connections and hectic schedules of the (mostly medical student) committee, things can be a bit tough. Regular communication and sharing of ideas is vital for the collaborative nature of our project, so are working to overcome the barriers (for example by circulating hard copies of the blog as a quarterly newsletter!).
Saturday, 10 October 2009
When is it happening? Thursday 15 October 1930
Where is it happening? The Roebuck- Great Dover Street, SE1 4YG
How much does it cost? £6/£5 NUS
Here's a clip of what we'll be showing:
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, 4 October 2009
As many of you may already know, Project Zimbabwe is a collaborative project with students from NUST University in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. Whilst Project Zimbabwe's primary goal is to support healthcare students in Zimbabwe it is not only for medical students, I myself am not even a medical student and doubt I will ever be one, hospitals actually make me very uncomfortable and I can hardly stomach an episode of Grey's Anatomy.
We're keen to get students from a wide range of backgrounds involved. This is because health-care is a topic that affects all of us. Whether you're dreaming of being the next Barack Obama and championing your own health-care reform, are a budding entrepreneur (healthy workforce= high output), are hoping to be the next Ally Mcbeal (a good legal system is closely related to an efficient health care system), dreaming of being the next big thing on the X-factor (we don't take ourselves to seriously and have cultural evenings that showcase Zimbabwean and African music, poetry and flims), you're welcome to get involved.
One of the projects we've been running in previous years is the Buddy project which involved Kings students and NUST students sending e-mails and sharing their experiences. This method of communication has proven to be difficult for both the Kings and NUST students involved.
So this year we've decided that we're going to use the Blog as our main vehicle of communication. We're going to be posting interviews of both Kings and NUST students both medical and non-medical, we'll be finding out their passions, what drives them, as well as talking about more light hearted topics like they're favourite music and so forth.
We also want to hear from you, this blog is going to be a forum for Zimbabwean and non-Zimbabwean students to share ideas or explore how their passions are relate to healthcare. So please do get in touch with us if you'd want to post something on the blog, or find out more about what we do.
I must just state from the outset that this is a strictly no-politics zone.
Until next time, have a great week.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
For those of you who don't know what this project i'm talking about actually is. Let me explain:
Medyouth is a a group of students from both the UK and Zim who go into schools in Bulawayo and teach a sexual education programme. The focus of the project this year is on peer education and counselling methods, focusing on puberty issues, entering into and negotiating the adult world.
PS thank-you all so much for you donations!I'm sure this will make Rae's bungee jump much easier. If any of you would prefer to write a cheque you can make it payable to Project Zimbabwe and post it to Project Zimbabwe,Kings College London, Guy's Campus, 19 Newcomen Street, London SE1 1 UL
Friday, 21 August 2009
Any donation would be greatly appreciated, but a suggested donation of £5 would go a very long way. Donations can be made using our pay pal link.
Friday, 1 May 2009
Buddy Project Coordinator - Roma Dewan
General Officers - Sonia Abid, Ali Al Jumaily, Lisa Wallberg
Project Zimbabwe Alumni
Kirsten Scott - President 2007/8
Jennifer Gifford-Garner - President 2008/9
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Friday, 6 March 2009
We want to thank each and every person who has donated a book to Project Zimbabwe and we hope you will to support us!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Friday, 6 February 2009
Sunday, 25 January 2009
Thursday, 15 January 2009
On the 22nd of November 2008, three of us braved the Beaujolais marathon in aid of the TB Alert project at Murambinda Hospital in Zimbabwe. Having been born and bred there, I have a strong interest in continuing to be involved in the health care system and have managed to visit Murambinda twice over the last three years. Our core team was comprised of an ophthalmologist (John) a vet (Hannah) and a medical student (myself) but we could not have managed without our four person support team (consisting of parents and significant others) who drove us around uncomplainingly and ensured that we had adequate amounts of food on board at all times.
Murambinda hospital is a rural mission hospital in Zimbabwe that serves a population of approximately 300,000. Despite the current crisis, it has continued to deliver effective care to the local population, so much so that people from towns over 100km away are willing to walk there to receive treatment. Since TB Alert became involved, the TB program has gathered strength with accurate data collection and decentralisation of services forming a focus for both local and visiting staff.
The marathon was part of an entire weekend of festivities to welcome the latest batch of Beaujolais nouveau into the world. The event started off well with sunshine, fancy dress and a good pre-marathon spread of coffee, wine, fruit juice and cake provided by volunteers from Fleurie. The self styled “Team Tuberculosis” ran in shirts with ‘Hôpital de Murambinda’ on the back which meant that there were regular shouts of “c’est un hôpital! alors! c’est un hôpital qui court le marathon aujourd’hui” [it is a hospital! a hospital running the marathon!]. John’s TB Alert shirt came with extra wings and he managed to complete the marathon in less than three hours. Hannah and I battled breathlessness and fatigue (not to mention snow and steep hills!) to heroically enlighten passing French men and women on the vagaries of TB in Africa (thereby finishing considerably later). Our increasing local fame culminated in an interview on French TV at the post marathon lunch the next day and we have now been offered free places in next year’s marathon. TB Alert may live to conquer the French yet again!
With the support of incredibly generous friends and family we managed to raise £4,765.80 for the district TB program in Murambinda. Further donations may be given at www.justgiving.com/kirstenscott2.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
- Work involving the link between King's, ZHTS and Zimbabwe
- Discuss achievements and activities
- Future directions of the link
Saturday 24th January
9.30 - 4pm
Western Education Centre
King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill