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TWENTY-SIX YEARS & COUNTING

Ireen in her mobility unit

Blantyre, Malawi … Ireen had been working as a nurse in the health care field for twenty-six years when suddenly in 2016 it all ended. She was struck with a devastating stroke, and found herself no longer able to provide for herself, or carry out a second business she needed for income. Not only was…

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GUARDIANS IN THE BULLSEYE

Lilongwe, Malawi … “While warnings about Covid-19 are widely heard in jingles and public health announcements in cities like Blantyre and Lilongwe, they have barely reached the remote rural areas where nearly 90% of Malawi’s population live and farm, and few people have access to TV, radio or electricity,” says Patrick Kamzitu, a health worker in central…

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BLANTYRE

The city of Blantyre is located in the Blantyre District in the Southern part of Malawi. Before Malawi became a nation, Blantyre was already there. The community was founded in 1876 through the efforts of Scottish missionaries. It derived its name from the hometown of David Livingstone, the famous Scottish missionary, who was born in…

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SOME FACTS ABOUT PEOPLE

Population Growth Chart

In 1955 the U.S. population had reached 165.9 million people. Today is tops out at 327.2 million, approximately double what it was in 1955. By comparison, the Malawi population in 1955 was 3,252,000. Today it is at 19,718,000. That is six times the number living in the same space as 1955. The average age in…

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MEDICINAL PLANTS SOURCE OF HOPE

When Drugs Are in Short Supply By Wilson Tembo Lilongwe, Malawi … Plants have been used throughout history as a source of medicine. People have depended on natural medicine from plants to heal ill health worldwide. In African 70 – 80% of the population uses traditional medicines from plants for their daily health care. Out…

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MEET THE MEDICAL DIRECTORS

A major focus of the Malawi Project and its sister organization, Action for Progress, is the distribution of medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment to a large number of the over 600 Malawi government medical facilities scattered throughout the nation. Procuring, sorting, distributing these supplies, and following up on their value falls to two medical…

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RACE TO THE FINISH

Indianapolis, Indiana … With the last day of June safely in the rear-view mirror, the construction of the Distribution Center in Malawi moves into its final month. With it looms the final two payments for the construction. By the end of July, the building is projected to be completed, and the final contract payments will…

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CALLUSED HANDS AND BLISTERED KNEES

Lilongwe, Malawi … The story appeared on the Malawi Project website in March after Wilson Tembo was driving in intense traffic in the capital city of Lilongwe and saw Madalitso Banda crawling through near impossible traffic congestion. Referred to as, “Crawling Near Death’s Door”( https://www.malawiproject.org/crawling-near-deaths-door/) the story of Madalitso is all too common in a…

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MEDICAL SUPPLIES REACH LARGEST HOSPITAL

Kamuzu Central Hospital Receives Much Needed Supplies Lilongwe, Malawi … Kamuzu Central Hospital is located between the seat of government and the old town portion of Lilongwe. It symbolically spans the gap between the past and the present, and it lists itself as having over 1,000 beds. As the main referral hospital in the country,…

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LOOK BEYOND THE LENS!

WHAT DO YOU SEE? Lilongwe, Malawi … When one watches the walls going up on the new Action for Progress distribution hub west of the capital what do they see? Blocks? Dirt? Mortar? Beams? Workmen in blue work uniforms? Yes, it is evident the casual observer will see these objects. But that is not the…

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