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Oct 14

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Home is Where the Heart is – by Fay Karp October 17, 2014

Home is Where the Heart Is “Africa will always be here, like the sleeping Lion” African proverb Lusaka: Alex Malloy and I travel the long route to Lusaka. I am fortunate to have Alex as my colleague and friend on this trip. As I tell people: young fresh brain, new ideas from Alex, age and […]

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Oct 14

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A tribute to Fay Karp

This blog is dedicated to Fay Karp. You can list her accomplishments – her biography – her University of British Columbia – Okanagan School of Nursing record, yet in doing so, you will miss the absolute essence of who she is and what drives her dedication and commitment to the people who live in Western Province, ...

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Aug 14

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Welcome to our new OkaZHI website

A Wordle using all the words generated at the June 21, 2014 OkaZHI retreat Welcome to our new OkaZHI website. Carol Jones and I will be the day to day managers of the site so if anyone (members and non-members) have interesting ideas, concepts or plans that you would like to share, send them to […]

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Aug 12

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Searching for Susu – part 2

by Bill NelemApril 2008 The search for Susu has become a quintessential part of this trip to Africa for me. In part, the journey has become personal, in part, metaphorical, as you will soon discover. Being charged by Rosemary to find Susu, I imagine myself embracing him and presenting him with a new bicycle. I […]

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Aug 12

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Mongu Matters – More than I first thought

Significant synergies are emerging for us with respect to Zambia’s Western Province. The fact that many of the activities are being matched from British Columbia, our western province, is quite likely by complete chance. However, I recognize serendipity when I see it and I know how to capitalize on it. Mayor Shepherd and her ...

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Aug 12

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The places you go – the people you meet

by Bill NelemApril 2008 By far the three most influential people we’ve met are Dr Stephen Simukanga, the Vice Chancellor at the University of Zambia, Dr Puma, the Deputy Minister of Health, and Dr Peter Mwaba, the MoH appointed administrator of the University Teaching Hospital. Peter is also charged with development, capacity ...

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Aug 12

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Chifumbe Chintu – The Professor!

by Bill NelemApril 2008 I first met Chifumbe in 1962 when we enrolled as classmates in Medical School at the University of Toronto. He had come from Northern Rhodesia where they had no Medical School at the time. In 1963, four events occurred that were relevant to both of us. First, we both passed our […]

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Aug 12

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Searching for Susu – Part 1

by Bill NelemApril 2008 I’m not sure exactly when Rosemary left Zambia for England and then Canada, but it was probably in the 1970’s. Born in Zambia, she lived as a child with her family on a large farm on Leopard’s Hill Road, some distance outside of Lusaka. When her parents sold the farm, it […]

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Aug 12

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UBC Okanagan – University of Zambia – Memorandum of Understanding – Signed

by Bill NelemApril 2008 After many months of hard work by Gene, Alaa, the two Joan’s along with Dean Mulla and Vice Chancellor Simukanga, the MoU between UBC Okanagan Faculty of Health and Social Development and the Faculty of Medicine at University of Zambia, has been officially signed. At a dinner party where we hosted […]

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Aug 12

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Whither Mongu?

by Bill NelemApril 2008 The road to Mongu, heading 600 kms due west from Lusaka, is characterized by two unusual features. First, on the Zambian scale of pot-holed roads of 1 to 10, it scores a low 1, very few potholes. Most unusual, and almost for sure, this road has ‘worn well’ because it lacks […]

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