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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

Supplies handover

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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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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