Nutrition of children and education of mothers in Zambia. Support for a Day Care and Rehabilitation Centres for children in Malawi: providing accessibility of physiotherapists
Why do we help in Malawi and Zambia?
According to reports of the St. Joseph's health centre in Zambia, about 40% of children under 5 years of age are malnourished. We help thousands of children through the mothers’ education project on preparing diet-balanced meals consisting of local products!
Malawi is in the top 10 poorest countries in the world. About 1 in 10 residents aged 15–49 is HIV positive and over 1 million children have been orphaned because of the disease. There are only few rehabilitation centres in Malawi that offer free help. The rest are private clinics that most needy people cannot afford.
We mainly take up children's orthopaedics. We provide free help and treat children without any fees.
How do we help in Malawi and Zambia?
In September 2017, we started cooperation with St. Joseph’s Rural Health Centre in Chamilala, Nyimba District, in Zambia. The main emphasis is on the education of mothers who can ensure a balanced diet based on local ingredients in their families, thanks to the acquired knowledge. Our specialists, who train local staff, regularly arrive at the hospital in Katondwe.
We support the day care centre and the children's rehabilitation centre run by Baobab Kids in Malawi. The centre looks after children with various disabilities, including with cerebral palsy, cleft spine, hydrocephalus, and Down syndrome. We provide meals for the centre's patients and salaries of physiotherapists.
Some of the charges are inpatients of the Beit Cure orthopaedic hospital in Blantyre, where the orthopaedist Karolina Siwicka worked in 2017-2019. The hospital in Malawi is the only centre where children are treated for free. Recognising huge commitment of our volunteer, we financially supported her activities by providing the hospital with a pump for vacuum wound treatment and an ultrasound machine.
We also cooperate with the Queen Elizabeth Government Hospital in Blantyre. A pulmonologist, Arletta Chryscionko, regularly helps in the hospital. We have equipped the lung diseases department with necessary nebulisation equipment.
covered by the feeding program in Zambia
trained in Zambia
in the care of the Malawi centre
Malawi 2018, photo: Piotr Dymus
Who do we help?
Many children suffer from limb deformities, and rehabilitation alone is not enough. Then an experienced orthopaedist is at a premium. Not only Malawians, but also residents of nearby Mozambique benefit from the medical advice.
In 2016 Harriet was 11 years old and lived with her parents in a small village near Blantyre in Malawi. Although Malawi is on the list of the world’s poorest countries, Harriet was happy – she had parents and was healthy. Unfortunately, the girl was hit by a car, and since then she has had serious problems with her leg. Not only was she unable to walk but her deteriorating health forced her to stop attending school and seeing her friends. The leg problems were only the beginning of the burden that little Harriet soon had to bear her shoulders. Within a short period of time her parents died. Harriet’s health was constantly deteriorating. The girl stopped eating and drinking and slowly locked herself in a world of her own, avoiding people. In 2019, Karolina Siwicka, an orthopaedist from the Polish Medical Mission working in Blyntyre Hospital, during a routine visit to various settlements, came across Harriet who was already in a very bad physical and mental condition. The doctors transported Harriet to the hospital and a complicated ankle reconstruction operation was performed. In the last months Harriet underwent several dozen procedures. Today she can walk on her own, has started eating and drinking, and is also under constant psychological care.
Who helps in Malawi and Zambia?
We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Transfer Multisort Elektronik
The Transfer Multisort Elektronik (TME) company from Lodz supports the activity of the Polish Medical Mission in Zambia and Malawi.
Baobab Kids Foundation
Baobab Kids is a small Dutch non-profit organisation that provides support for the day care centre and the children's rehabilitation centre.
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