Healthcare

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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Groundbreakings and Cornerstones

Lilongwe, Malawi … One usually schedules a “groundbreaking” as an event that precedes the work of the contractor to begin construction. It is like the opening gun at the Kentucky Derby, or the Indianapolis 500. Bang … and we are off and running, but not before you hear the signaling gunshot. But it does not…

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PILOT PROGRAM BRINGS SUCCESS

Zomba District … Nelson was seriously ill at the time, and death was stalking his future. There was little money and no resources to offer a glimmer of hope for his heath. Then Nelson and a pilot program that had been put in place in 2013 between the Malawi Project, World Emergency Relief and one…

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MALAWI BEGINS PILOT PROGRAM ON MALARIA

On 23 April 2019 World News outlets released the news of a successful malaria vaccine. Malawi is the first country to begin a pilot program of mass immunization. The following is the BBC news release on the web:  “A large-scale pilot of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection…

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THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND PAIRS!

Indianapolis, Indiana … Now that is a lot of gloves! Literally, thousands and thousands of medical personnel, first responders, and others in Malawi that need protection from the spread of disease will be helped by contributors who have contributed over 300,000 pairs of gloves.   How does one express appreciation when the deed is so…

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ONE OF THE WORST DISASTERS EVER

The cyclone that struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe this past week is being referred to by the United Nations as, “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.” Two million people have been affected, and destruction is spread over a land mass of 1,200 square miles. Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city…

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THE DOORS WITH BROKEN PANES

A pane of glass with a spider web crack pattern in it

Salima, Malawi … It is often small, unexpected things that lodge in your memory, only to resurface and overwhelm you with emotion just when you least expect it. It can be a word spoken, a smell, a taste, a gesture, or a view. Because I am not a medical professional, every time I enter a…

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A LIFE SAVING TOOTHBRUSH

Beautiful Smile with toothpaste in the foreground

Sitting in the home of the hospital administrator we listened as she described the problems she faced at this small rural hospital. We had only been in Malawi for two years and were still learning. Much of what we were learning was new, and a lot of it was almost impossible to believe. “It is…

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TWENTY MORE, BUT WHO IS COUNTING?

Mobility Units

In this case, numbers are important because they represent people being given hope and help against the de-habilitating results of mobility issues. Numbers represent people who are back in school, back on the job, back to their religious activities, and back in the mainstream of society. Every time you see a number, as in this…

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