The exhibition marks the first public event to raise awareness of the burgeoning link and all the art on display has been inspired by Zambia. Prof Hall, a consultant anaesthetist at UHW and head of the department of anaesthetics, intensive care and pain medicine at Cardiff University, founded the charity Mothers of Africa to reduce maternal mortality and has been working in Liberia, Ethiopia, Togo and Benin. Now she is in the process of setting up this wider link with Zambia.
“The idea is to have a multi-disciplinary project which can work more intensively in this country compared to what we’ve been doing before,” she said. “The main problems in the district are communication problems – there’s one road running through the district with a modern hospital at one end and a slightly older one at the other end. But most people live inland where travel is difficult and it can take hours to walk to the road and get help.
“Access to clean water and electricity is a problem immediately after you leave the road. Healthcare is arranged around health posts most of which have no electricity. Solar panels could transform practice. “Each post is run by a qualified nurse, working in isolation. There is no continuing education for staff. As a result morale and standards are probably very low because of this. Pregnant women cannot be delivered at night because there is no electricity. Many die on their way to hospital.”
Prof Hall, a former Welsh Woman of the Year, has organised the exhibition, featuring work by primary and secondary school pupils in Cardiff and professional artists, at the Butetown History and Arts Centre during January to raise awareness of Go Zambia.”