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Mothers of Africa

Keep Calm & Contribute: Undergrads and Mothers of Africa

29 April 2014

The Mothers of Africa visit to Zambia in April gave the chance for Cardiff undergraduates to help make a difference to the community in Chongwe, Zambia.

The student team from Cardiff School of Engineering with input from the Cardiff School of Art and Design created a variety of materials for educating the Shiyala Village community about their solar electricity supply, ranging from posters that were put up around the solar classroom and health post, to a video that was shown to the community and loaded onto the PCs in the classroom. The Engineering students are now working on the design of a larger solar array that will provide additional lighting and a more reliable electrical supply for the health post, to be installed by a few members of the team in September this year.

Two final year Cardiff medical students, Sarah Moore and Klara Brzyska, also joined the Mothers of Africa team, as part of their medical elective in Zambia. They assisted the Zambian doctors with assessing patients in the admissions unit and helped with the male, female and paediatric ward rounds in Chongwe District Hospital. Time was also spent with the visiting Cardiff team in the newly established operating theatre, observing a caesarean section and other gynaecological procedures. It was interesting to see the sharing of knowledge and expertise between the local and visiting doctors. The medical students also visited the health post in Shiyala village, which provides invaluable care to the community.

Gwilym, Sarah and Klara, Undergrad students, Cardiff University