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PROBLEMS WITH DIFFICULT SOLUTIONS

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Roadblocks to Progress Lilongwe, Malawi … Many well-intentioned people see the extreme poverty in emerging nations and believe a simple solution exists. All it takes, they conclude, is sufficient funding. This nagging problem will dissolve if enough money is raised. After all, that has been the answer to many problems in the west! But, in…

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IMPRESSIVE GATHERING, OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION

Key officials only were invited to avoid overcrowding

Lilongwe, Malawi … “I experienced an overwhelming shock when I saw patient after patient-facing infections from contamination in the very medical facilities they had entered for relief,” observes Suzi Stephens RN, the Malawi Project’s Medical Director. She recalls her 1993 exposure to Malawi’s medical situation, “I saw conditions that were often worse than those that had caused…

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MALAWI VS COVID-19

COVID-19 virus

(The following is a first-hand report from Wilson Tembo, Executive Director for our sister organization in Malawi, Action for Progress, on the situation in Malawi, as its people continue to struggle under the weight of the Covid-19 pandemic.) In many western nations, people can buy and store large amounts of food for long periods of…

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BURSTING AT THE SEAMS

MALAWI POPULATION CHART

Malawi, Central Africa … To look at the growth chart for the nation of Malawi is similar to looking at a professional boxer on steroids. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger at breakneck speed! Here is what it looks like: Year Population 1965 4,058,673 1970 4,603,723 1975 5,292,808 1980 6,163,080 1985 7,211,105 1990 9,437.553…

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SUPPLIES FILL CRITICAL GAP

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Blantyre, Malawi … No sooner are current charts of anticipated and positive cases of the Coronavirus posted on the web site than they are obsolete, and the number has jumped upward. From April 1, when the first three cases appeared in the country, the run up has passed 30,000 suspected cases, and 4,000 confirmed cases.…

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STOCK UP, STORE WISELY

Lilongwe, Malawi … In some parts of Malawi this year saw a better than average crop yield, while in others the recent famine continues into the present and the foreseeable future. Thanks to World Emergency Relief in California, and Universal Aide in Canada, two more shipments of much needed food or on the way to Malawi. Taking advantage of…

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A PEEK INSIDE HER HOUSE

Lumbadzi, Malawi … She was nearing 80 years of age when we first met, and, in spite of her age, she was responsible for the care of eight grand-children and great-grandchildren. The HIV-Aids crisis in Malawi has robbed the nation of a vast number of its “middle generation,” leaving grandparents, and even great grandparents to…

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HEALTH RISKS INCREASE DUE TO SHORTAGE OF SUPPLIES

Lilongwe, Malawi … Health systems are becoming stretched beyond their limit each day because of the increased ill-health among the population. The World seems turned on its head as each nation looks for ways to reduce the effects of the COVID-19. Cases are increasing rapidly worldwide.              At the writing of this report, the global confirmed…

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MEDICAL SHIPMENTS ARRIVE – DISTRIBUTION BEGINS

Lilongwe, Malawi … In recent weeks three forty-foot shipping containers arrived at the Lilongwe Distribution Hub delivering large amounts of critically needed supplies. Offloading was handled by Action for Progress, the not-for-profit partner organization to the Malawi Project. It’s executive director, Wilson Tembo, has worked with the Malawi Project since 1999, and in 2018 assisted in the…

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DANGER ON THE SHIRE

Shire

With our breakfast complete we fall in behind our guide and make our way down the long stone path toward waters edge. Our guide’s name is “Danger,” and we are hopeful his name has nothing to do with his ability to successfully navigate the small boat in these crocodile-infested waters. We have seen enough stories…

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