Sue’s Updates (2) Ekwendeni Maternity Unit

IMG_1589Many of you will know of the Maternity work at Ekwendeni. It is really where the Raven Trust started, helping  Liz Mantell with nurses’ training.

A few years ago, a new maternity wing was built – unfortunately the builder couldn’t read plans…… Despite phone calls and pleading from us, the rooms were built too small for safe deliveries and teaching students. (I did offer to take a sledge hammer to some walls…)

At last, with new management and a new enthusiasm to turn Ekwendeni Hospital into a centre of excellence to compliment the good work of government and other local hospitals which have grown up in the last 10 years, there is a chance to rectify the problem. Talking with the Ekwendeni staff and management it became clear that they would like to keep the delivery block with its small rooms for specialist services such as kangaroo nursery – where mums and babies are kept warm instead of using an incubator – bereaved parents’ room, quiet recovery room, dad’s visiting room (men don’t usually visit maternity units, but ideas are changing), nurses’ library, nurses’shower and changing rooms, equipment sterilisation, equipment store, disposables store and video/Skype conferencing room for training.

It will take a little while to plan. Please pray with us for the right professional advice, good builders, modern equipment, etc. so that this hospital can, once again,  be a beacon of best practice and training in Malawi.

The staff are amazing and we want to encourage them in their work of helping all those mums and babies.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant!

Ted MwambilaRev Ted Mwambila passed into glory last week. Through the past 17 years he has been a faithful  friend and counsellor to the Raven Trust and we will miss him a great deal. He encouraged us to get on with the work, smoothed out tricky situations and advised and cautioned us as the need arose. When things went wrong, and we didn’t understand why, Ted would always explain and help to get things straightened out. He rejoiced with us when things went well.

He has been less than well for some years, but even so, his death was sudden and unexpected. The CCAP will really miss him and his wise counsel.

Please pray for Ida and his daughters and for the Church in Malawi.

Sue’s Updates (1) – Hospital Supplies

Hospital suppliesYippee! – good news!

Please email Rob Jones at if you have any disposable hospital supplies because he knows what is now needed. Everything should be “in date” for at least 12 months to allow for transport and distribution.

Several large aid agencies have joined forces to supply and deliver basic drugs and disposables to every hospital and clinic in Malawi.This has made a tremendous difference to the finaces  of these institutions and their ability to function. The Raven Trust did what it could for 17 years, “holding the fort”. Now the supplies are in place and what a joy it was to meet the medics who can now get on with their work without worrying about rationing their supplies.

Email/broadband connections mean we can now tailor the supplies we send to the needs – so saving on transport costs and waste. So, from now on, please only send supplies if you have the go-ahead from Rob Jones.

Thank you for all your sacrificial help in the past – it kept many clinics open and functioning through very difficult times.

Baby clothes/knitting, sheets and blankets are always needed.

Welcome Home Sue

Sue 2Sue Challis has just returned from Malawi with lots of news and stories. It has been at least seven years since she was last there and there have been many changes in that time. Over the next few days we will be sharing many of her stories and observations with you, here on the Raven Trust website.

Watch this space!