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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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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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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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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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MARTHA’S LIFE IS THREATENED

Martha being treated for burns on her arms and torso

“Mama Suzi, Mama Suzi, come ‘STAT’”, resonated urgently over the intercom from the hospital. I did not know what I was going to find as I ran from the house to the hospital, down the long incline of steps and across the courtyard. The term ‘STAT’ was used only for very critical situations, and in…

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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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MORE THAN JUST A CONTAINER

New Life for Trailer #TCNU-8202301 Lilongwe, Malawi … If you had seen the Hammer Trucking semi and trailer # TCNU-8202301 heading north toward Chicago on I-65 you probably would not have given it a second glance. After all, there are thousands of semis headed toward Chicago from points south of the city.   However, hidden…

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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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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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