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Where There is no Store

Lilongwe, Malawi … In many ways, Malawi is moving rapidly into the modern world of commerce. In other ways, however, the nation still reflects its African roots, isolated from the rest of the world. Today’s visitors will be surprised to find almost no chain stores from outside the continent. There are no Kroger, Target, Kohl,…

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Malawi

             by Johnthan Ngoma, MD Internal MedicineHospital DirectorKamuzu Central HospitalLilongwe, Malawi Since the outbreak of COVID-19 health systems worldwide have been overwhelmed. In Malawi, (a very poor country in the southern part of Africa), the devastation has been even more intense. Malawi has a very poor health system with the following problems: High illiteracy levels…

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Almost Half are Under 14!

portion of the 5,000 orphan children gathered at the Mponela Trading Center a few years ago to receive food during the intense famine

0-14 years:  45.87% (male 4,843,107/female 4,878,983)        =      9,722,090 15-24 years:  20.51% (male 2,151,417/female 2,195,939)     =          4,347,356 25-54 years:  27.96% (male 2,944,936/female 2,982,195)     =        5,927,131 55-64 years:  2.98% (male 303,803/female 328,092)              =         631,895 65 years and over:  2.68% (male 249,219/female 318,938)  =             568,157 Pictured are a portion of the 5,000 orphan children gathered at the Mponela Trading Center a few years ago to receive food during the intense famine. FacebookTwitterLinkedin

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Action for Progress Recognizes Students

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Sankhani Primary School, Malawi … The Sankhani School has 1,335 students and is located just east of the Action for Progress distribution center west of Lilongwe. Each day children see the trucks coming and going, delivering needed supplies free to hospitals, clinics, prisons, schools, churches, and community groups all over the nation. These are supplies…

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Walmart Donates Protective Face Masks

Plainfield, Indiana … If you were told the donation equals 20% of the entire population of Malawi over the age of 24 would that get your attention?  One can hardly imagine the excitement when the offer was extended. The Indianapolis Distribution Center for Walmart had experienced an over-supply of protective face masks. They were offering…

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View Through the Eyes of a Doctor

I drive to my workplace, but my clients walk from their homes, going up and down some hills and valleys to the clinic. Some have to leave their homes as early as 4:30 a.m. in order to arrive at the clinic at 8:00 a.m.

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Big Blue Barrels of Bleach

Blue barrels of bleach

The government has sent a large supply of bleach to every tier one, and all of the nation’s 28 district hospitals. These hospitals are centrally located in each of Malawi’s districts, so the distribution of bleach has gone nationwide.

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Worst Economic Crisis in 30 Years – Part 2

Schools- rural village

Statistics Outline the Problem The World Bank estimates between 40 million and 60 million people could be pushed into extreme poverty (living on less than $1.90 a day) by the pandemic. This will be the first growth in extreme poverty since 1998, when the Asian financial crisis hit. It adds to the more than 600 million people…

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