OkaZHI: Okanagan-Zambia Health Initiative

Trips to Date

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2015, April 20- May 6    “Acute Infective Process Course”
2015, March- May    “OkaZHI-UBCO Nursing Trip”
2013, June 6- 17   “Discussions and Overall assessment”

2012, May 25- 27
  • 12th Annual Bethune Round Table, Bahen Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • Poster:  “Surgical Education in Rural Zambia- Delivery at the District Level”

2011, September 20- October 10
  • Drs. Bill East, Dianne Graham, Linda Hawker, Gary O’Connor, Greg O’Connor
  • Nursing: Kim East, Sheila Jensen
  • Mentoring Orthopaedics to Doctors and Physiotherapy
  • Mentoring Anaesthesia and Regional techniques
  • Mentoring chronic disease management, Gynecology Maternity and Pediatrics
  • Delivery of Critical Care course for ICU to nursing, and mentoring in Operating Theatre

2011, July 5- 21
  • Qualitative evaluation of courses and workshops delivered by OkaZHI between 2008 and 2010 consisting of site visits, questionnaires and interviews of administration and participants (74 of the 90 participants reviewed)

2011, January 8
  • Retreat for OkaZHI members to review progress and reorganize priorities and goals of organization

2010, December
  • Awarded Canadian Network for International Surgery Volunteer Organization of the Year


2010, November 29
  • International Branch of Surgery, University of British Columbia
  • Lecture: :Collaborative Development of Surgical, Medical and Nursing Education in Western Zambia”

2010, October 19- November 7
  • Delivered CNIS ESS course and CNIS Structured Hernia Repair Course
  •  ICU course and development of ICU ward
  •  Workshops on Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Ventilators , EKG interpretation, Grand Rounds delivered on Sepsis
  • Collaborative nursing including CNIS Nursing course
2010, April 7- May 15
  • Joined the Tour d’Afrique to ride from Lilongwe, Malawi to Cape Town, South Africa
  • Purpose was to raise awareness of our organization and fund raise

2010, February
  • Okanagan Zambia Health Initiative incorporated as a nonprofit society in the province of British Columbia


2009, December 6
  • Election of the first OkaZHI Board of Directors


2009, October 22- November 3
  • Delivered CNIS Essential Surgical Skills Course
  • Nursing Collaborative Teaching on Surgical Topics


2009, May 17- June 4
  • Discussions with Associate Dean of Medicine, Canadian Consulate, Deputy Permanent Secretary Western Province, Chief Medical  Officer Western Province, Medical Superintendant Lewanika General Hospital, Dean of Zambia Enrolled Nursing School
  • Attended the 2009 Annual Western Province Healthy Strategy Meeting to present to Ministry of Health officials, and the Doctors and Clinical Officers of Western Province
  • Site visits to Kalabo and Senenga


2008, May- November
  • Mongu
  • Teaching at Zambia Enrolled Nursing School, working on wards
  • Development of computers and installation of electronic teaching materials,


2008, March 27- April 12
  • Lusaka
  • Preliminary discussions with Minister of Health, Chief Operating Officer at University Teaching Hospital, Associate Dean of Medicine, Dean of Medicine, Chief Pharmacist of Cancer Center, Dr. John Jellis (Orthopaedic Surgeon), Neurosurgical Staff
  • Signing of Memorandum of Understanding between University of British Columbia and University of Zambia


  • Bill renewed connections with U of T classmate Dr. Chifumbe Chintu
  • Met Dr. Margaret Maimbolwa, then the Assistant Dean of the Faculty on Medicine at the University of Zambia [UNZA]. Dr. Maimbolwa  recommended that if we were to form a non-profit organization that we should concentrate our efforts in Western Province, an area with poor health outcomes.

Bill had earlier visits to set this up