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Dr Gaulthier Tshibindi

Dr Gaulthier Tshibindi

My name is Gaulthier Tshibindi. I am a medical doctor currently working in Canberra, ACT between two ACT health hospitals. I have a bachelor degree in biomedical science and bachelor of medicine and surgery. I studied in the Democratic Republic of Congo from 1993 – 2000 and worked there for two years before moving to Zimbabwe where I worked for two and half years. I migrated to Australia in 2005 with my family. I have done post graduate in masters of clinical epidemiology with the University of Newcastle in 2011 and I am a final year advanced trainee in rehabilitation medicine with the Royal Australasian College of Physician/Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine.

18 months ago, we started some charity work in Africa through Australian medical Aid for Africa which I am the founder and the CEO. It is a fully registered charity organisation with Australian Charity and not-for-profit commission and has full tax concession with the Australian taxation office. I was inspired to start this work following my father’s sudden death in DRC following a short hospital stay in a poorly resourced facility in Kinshasa. I decided to start an organisation because I felt compelled to make a difference and possibly save lives. Our aims and objectives are: to collect recycled hospital equipment and other resources donated by Australian health care institutions and to send them to poor hospitals in Africa and also to provide education support. Our achievements so far are that we managed to ship a 40 feet container full of medical equipment to Kinshasa/DRC and continue collecting equipment from local hospitals in ACT and we hope to expand and operate in most if not all of Australian states. At the moment we have other valuable equipment to be shipped but we are limited by the scarcity of our financial resources.

 

We have many more initiatives and education programs to improve healthcare delivery and we hope to work in partnership with local African governments and other international organisations to achieve our objectives. We have plans to assist in fighting non-communicable disease in Africa through vigorous campaigns against cigarette smoking, drugs and alcohol consumption and general life style changes.  We hope to bring improvement in infection prevention and control to combat many types of infectious disease via education of healthcare professionals and general populations in Africa.We strongly believe that to achieve our goals, we need more informed and educated African populations, that is why we are also receiving donations of books for hospital libraries in Africa. If you are a friend of Africa and you would like to see many life saved in Africa, this is your opportunity to genuinely make a difference. To achieve this we need your support by joining the team of these enthusiastic Australian and African health professionals and also Australians from all works of life in supporting Australian Medical Aid for Africa. For those of you who are concerned about global warming and climate change as I do, I am sure you would find that recycling medical equipment to the poor countries is actually one of many ways to protect our environment and also to save money. It costs more to recycle in Australia than shipping some valuable hospital equipment to Africa where if well maintained they can be used for many more years. I am sure you won’t be surprised that in many different hospitals in Africa they still have old type of hospital beds and other equipment since perhaps World War II period.

 

For many of you who feel shaken by the recent outbreak of Ebola epidemic in Africa, now seeming to become a pandemic with those isolated cases in America and Europe, you will agree with me that a patchy wound dressing to curb the problem will not be enough and that Africa need a long term plan to improve hospitals and health care service delivery. More pressure needs to be exerted to local African governments to improve the standards of living sanitation and health care in this part of the world. However, it is without doubt that something needs to be done now to stop this. International community need to multiply the effort if we want to see this devastation stopped.