Malawi Health Clinic and Maternity Wing

Your Donation

£36: Just £36 provides general treatment for 20 people and provides 2 patients care at the Maternity wing

Our Impact

The project supports 7,000 people per month, and the Maternity wing provides care to 7800 people annually resulting in 840 deliveries
Located in the souther region of Malawi supporting over 30 villages with a total population of over 15,000 people
Free treatment for all. 12% are treated for HIV and 52% are treated for Malaria which are common deadly illnesses in Malawi

1 doctor for every 100,000 people, the lowest figure for any country covered by the UN’s Human Development report.

(Source: The College of Medicine of Malawi Feb 15 2007)

Project Outline

The aim of this project is to maintain the health clinic and maternity wing in Somba and Makanjira.

The current cost to maintain Somba Health Clinic and Maternity Wing is around £70,000 anually. This is always expected to rise due to inflation and the increasing number of patients. Health services across Malawi are either scarce or of poor standard. This leads to illnesses being treated too late to cure and in some instances not treated at all and leading to death. Over the last 8 years we have been providing free consultations and treatments.

We have now expanded to running the Makanjira Clinic and Maternity Wing which is located on the opposite side of the Lake Malawi.

Access to health care facilities within Somba were scarce and over subscribed before we established the Clinic. With the nearest clinics located 30km to the west and north of the clinic.

People were forced to travel distances as far as 20-40 km to access basic health facilities before we initiated the Somba Clinic. Not only are such facilities very remote but the distances and terrain does not lend to easy travel to access basic healthcare.

Our healthcare focus involves the adoption of health clinics. Malawi has serious social, economical and health problems due to inadequate financing of health services. This has lead to poor standards of hygiene and spread of diseases.

The annual cost of running the Health Clinic in Malawi is approximately £30,000.

The annual cost of running the Maternity Wing in Malawi is approximately £40,000

Maternity Wing

With health centres being distant from many villages plus local transport difficulties, many expectant mothers deliver at home or en-route to health facilities.

To further improve and extend the healthcare facilities available, we have a maternity wing adjacent to the existing clinic. Construction of the building has been completed and the clinic now has a consistent electricity supply to allow us to operate 24 hours a day, power equipment and allow patients to stay overnight. The cost for the electricity line to reach the clinic was £8,000 alone.

Each year in Malawi:

Nearly 21,000 mothers lose their babies

1,120 mothers 4,200 babies die for every 100,000 live births

44% of all deliveries are outside healthcare facilities! In the UK the figure is 0.005%

Benefits of the Clinic and Maternity

  • Free treatment for all. Approximately the Health Clinic benefits 7,000 patients monthly in terms of treatments and consultations (out of which 12% are treated for HIV and 52% are treated for Malaria)
  • Approximately the Maternity Wing benefits 650 (7800 annually) people monthly with patient care out of which 70 (840 annually) result deliveries.
  • Dispensary – Fully stocked with necessary medication required for common illnesses like Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Bilharzia and HIV treatment.
  • HIV Testing and Counseling- Advisors equip individuals and couples with information on prevention and healthy lifestyles.
  • Recognition from the Ministry of Health who carry out their own under 5 clinics from the clinics – This service is to monitor children and provide them with important vaccines and immunisations.
  • Together with the Ministry of Health, the clinics carry out vaccination programs such as DPT 1/2/3, Polio 0/1/2/3, Measles vaccine, TTV, Anti meningitis vaccines as well as administration of Vitamin A.
  • Availability of important medicines to treat local conditions.
  • The preferred clinic for the under-privileged.
  • Provide a nutritional program to help malnourished children
  • Supplementary Feeding Program – A project that aims to prevent individuals with malnutrition disorder developing severe acute malnutrition.

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