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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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MOBILITY AT ATTENTION

Mobility units in a warehouse ready for distribution

Lilongwe, Malawi … It is mid-morning, and the African sun is staring down through the high windows, and across the floor on the east side of the building. Their penetrating light is scattered across a number of mobility units sitting in parade fashion across the southern end of the giant structure. They are quietly waiting…

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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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FREEDOM FOR IDAH

A giant fig tree that witnessed the beginning of the end of the slave trade

Nkhotakota, Malawi … In the 19th century, a group of lakeside villages was a focal point for the slave trade in central Africa. Today on an inconspicuous side street near St. Anne’s Hospital sits a giant fig tree that witnessed the beginning of the end of the slave trade. It was under this tree that European…

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RESCUE MEDICAL DONATES SUPPLIES

Arlington, Washington … “Dedicated to the recovery of unused medical supplies and equipment for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and financial stewardship.” It is a simple but effective mission statement and describes exactly what this group is doing. It started after its founder, Debi Foster, returned from a mission trip to Africa in…

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CHALLENGE FACES NTCHISI SCHOOL

Boys in a classroom

Ntchisi, Malawi … The central region community that bears its name is the capital of the Ntchisi District of Malawi. Listed at number 16 out of a total of 28 districts, Ntchisi has a population of 317,069 people (2018 census), within its borders of 1,709 square kilometers (659.8486 square miles). Farming and farm products make up…

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