The new male ward toilet and shower block at the David Gordon Memorial Hospital in Livingstonia, funded by Rotary, is almost complete. John returned to the UK just before Christmas having supervised the building of the new block, with only the tiling of the floor, painting and some plumbing work still to finish. Hot water will be provided by a direct solar heatig system. A health and hygiene education programme in the local language will also be provided
One of the ways to increase food production in Malawi is to use a plough. While a few have been seen working the fields, they are still a very rare sight. We have funds for a bullock to pull a plough and a cart and are looking for a single ridger. but we have not seen any for sale. These are used before planting maize.
HIV/AIDs is a major issue in Malawi and Mrs Soko of the Primary Health Care (PHC) Department at Livingstonia Hospital is in the forefront of the battle. Every day she see the effects of HIV/AIDs as she provides practical care for families and, particularly, orphaned children. Here she is teaching a ‘Gogo’ (old person) how to make up baby milk for babies that have recently come into her care. PHC wil then give ongoing and appropriate support to this family using donated clothing, goods and financial support.
Dr Ross Muir, a gynaecologist usually known as Dr Ross, has just begun a placement with World Exchange at Ekwendeni Hospital. Here he joyfully receives some specialist sugical instruments. He thanks those who made ot possible for him to get the instruments so quickly, and John Challis, who took them out to Ekwendeni in his luggage on his recent trip to Malawi.
Sue Kevan and Jim Seymour have recently returned to the UK, having completed another ‘Focus on Malawi’ visit, doing eye clinic work at Ekwendeni, Livingstonia and, for the first time, at the remote lakeside clinic at Luwuchi. During the three-week trip, they saw around 550 people, dispensing hundreds of donated glasses and ready-readers. They were also able to train local medical assistants and, following discussions with senior hospital staff, plans are materialising to send one or two away for specialist courses. For more info on ‘Focus on Malawi’, see Sue Kevan’s blog.