Zambian doctors to be offered training in Scotland


Zambian doctors are to be given the chance to come to Scotland for specialist training through a £200,000 fund in memory of the famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone.

The Scottish Government cash for the Livingstone Fellowship Scheme will allow doctors from Zambia and Malawi to benefit from training with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland. Eleven doctors are set to benefit from the scheme, including three who will be able to spend a year in Scotland.

The Scottish Government cash has been announced by International Development minister Alasdair Allan ahead of a visit to Zambia, which aims to build on historic links between the country and Scotland. The Glasgow Royal College Livingstone Fellowship scheme provides a framework for sponsored trainees to come and work in the Scottish Health Service. In the past this has allowed doctors from Malawi an opportunity to extend their experience before returning home to take up consultant posts.

Funding has been through £4,000 fellowship grants from the colleges, which cover travel and incidentals. The extra cash will extend the scheme to doctors from Zambia.

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