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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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CRITICALLY NEEDED SHIPMENT BEING PREPARED

Suzi Stephens RN Looks Over Supplies

Indianapolis, Indiana … “We have the greatest fear and deepest concern for the people of Malawi, as the threat of the coronavirus continues to increase in Sub-Saharan Africa,” warns Suzi Stephens, Medical Director for the Malawi Project. “Even in the most advanced countries in the world medical capability has been strained almost beyond their capability. It appears only…

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COVID-19 MAKES IT REAL

Staging area

Indianapolis, Indiana … For many people in the U.S., the critical need for protective masks and gloves was not a part of surviving the next day. This was something new as a major pandemic spread across the nation. People in the medical profession understood the life-saving nature of these items, while few in the general…

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STORAGE UNIT FILLING FAST

Supplies filling up shipping container

Lebanon, Indiana … With the coronavirus just beginning to gain a foothold in Malawi, and with the lack of medical protective supplies, support staff, and hospital beds, one can conclude the people there are facing a critical situation.  Shipments of medical supplies will be arriving at the Action for Progress distribution hub in the next…

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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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