COVID-19 turned our world upside down. It made known to us the pain of dealing with a deadly infectious disease. In Malawi, the combination of AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis has made this level of suffering a normality for many decades and has left some of the most vulnerable people in the world below the extreme poverty line.
Malamulo Hospital is a small 200-bed mission hospital in rural southern Malawi run by Christian doctors. The work at Malamulo is funded by a Church charity, AHI, that provides essential medical kit, drugs, and subsidises hospital bills for those who are unable to afford life-saving treatment.
Words cannot convey the level of selflessness and joy in the face of adversity that I witnessed when I was working there.
Exactly a year later, I am told by former colleagues that Malamulo Hospital is desperate for donations as it braces for the additional burden of COVID-19, with cases rising in sub-Saharan Africa. The impact of this could undo decades of progress made in the fight against tropical diseases.
What is needed?
£1500 can purchase a new O2 concentrator - an essential for treating patients with respiratory illness.
There were two O2 concentrators for the entire hospital when I was there in 2019. I watched as patients in respiratory failure were asked to take turns on the oxygen. Malamulo needs to purchase a new O2 concentrator as it braces for COVID-19.
The cost of an average hospital bill at Malamulo is £10-15.
This equates to a week's wages for some of the poorest subsistence farmers. For the price of your morning coffee, you can directly subsidise a significant portion of person’s life saving treatment. Any excess from this fundraiser will be used to pay for patients' hospital bills this August/September.
My words alone do not do this place justice. A remarkable doctor and friend, Wilson (who is there currently), wrote a blog 3 years ago when fundraising for a generator. I share it now, in the hope that it illustrates the difference between what we have here in the NHS and the resources that Malamulo is equipped with. https://malawikids.wordpress.com/2017/11/30/generator/
Thank you for your generosity.
All proceeds from this fundraiser go directly to Adventist Health International and will be used solely to fund the purchase of essential medical equipment and subsidise patients' hospital bills at Malamulo Hospital.