Health Projects in Malawi
help2kids partner health clinic
|The clinic provides outreach services to the neighboring villages, which, are far away from health facilities. This includes monitoring and assessing the growth and well being of children under five, providing appropriate vaccinations for these children, and providing a supplementary feeding program when the supplies needed are available.|
In Malawi, the ratio of patients per doctor is 50,000 to one. For dentists, the ratio is even higher at 450,000 to one. In 2012 it was estimated there were 45,600 deaths due to HIV/AIDS. 10.8 percent of the adult population (aged 15-49) is currently living with HIV/AIDS which is the 9th highest prevalence rate in the world. HIV is a problem in the village, and while it is widespread, it is stigmatized and not readily discussed. The clinic has instituted an HIV prevention program, as well as a family planning program, but both have room for expansion.
|The Lifuwu Health Centre has huge potential. Like many rural areas in Africa, local clinics lack the basic equipment and machines to run smoothly in order to provide the patients with adequate care. Just to name a few things, the clinic in Lifuwu is short on bed linen (so pregnant women often lie on dirty mattresses), hot plates for sterilizing equipment, and lack thermometers.|