ENSURING CHILDREN IN THE MOST REMOTE CORNERS OF THE WORLD ARE NOT DENIED THEIR BASIC RIGHT TO LIFE-SAVING HEALTHCARE

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ISAAC

Isaac is an AIDS orphan; his guardian brought him to our mobile clinic comatose and close to death's door with malaria. We successfully treated his condition and he was soon back to playing football with his friends.
Without the mobile clinic he would almost certainly have died.

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MEMORY

Memory is eight years old and wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She was brought to our mobile clinic by her grandmother after Memory suffered a seizure and suffered severe burns to her arm. She was diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed anti-epileptic drugs and is regularly monitored by the mobile clinic team. Being able to access the necessary medications to manage her condition has transformed Memory’s life. The village where she lives in is a 25 kilometre walk through inhospitable territory to the government-run medical centre which is often short of skilled staff and the pharmacy shelves are empty.

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PRECIOUS

Precious loves climbing trees; when we first met him his father had to carry him to our mobile operating theatre as he had fallen from a tree and his leg had been badly cut and the deep wound was badly infected. In the remote village where Precious lives there were no plasters or antiseptic which meant that the conditions were ripe for his leg to become infected. Left untreated, sepsis could have set with the very real risk his leg would have had to have been amputated. Thankfully our clinical team were able to treat his wound and our Community Health Volunteer was able to provide ongoing changing and dressing of the wound to ensure he got back to full health.

CHILDREN IN REMOTE AREAS LACK BASIC ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

In remote parts of Africa children are denied the basic right to health care. As a result, babies, infants and children die from diseases that were otherwise preventable or easily treatable. And this isn’t because parents don’t care, it’s because the parents literally have no access to health care in the places they live.

WHY DO THESE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS LIVE IN REMOTE AREAS?

85% of the total population of Malawi live in rural areas on land inherited from their ancestors.
The majority of Malawians are impoverished and primarily dependent on subsistence farming. and their only possession is the small piece of land passed on by their ancestors.

WHY IS THERE NO MEDICAL CARE IN THESE REMOTE AREAS?

Government and Mission Health Centres are theoretically the providers of health care to the rural areas but the lack of medicines, skilled staff and transport mean the majority of the villagers do attempt the long journey from their village to the Centres.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and the under-resourced government Health Centres struggle to offer the most basic services. The Mission health Centres may be better equipped but their services are not free and often beyond the means of the poor.

WHY HASN'T THIS PROBLEM BEEN SOLVED ALREADY?

Our Mobile Health clinic was launched in 2003 to fill this identified gap. It takes medical care where there is none. It provides the best and most cost-effective lifesaving healthcare to children who may never have been able to make the long journey to the government hospital.
In the Central region where we work, the demand far outweighs our capacity to deliver.
There are still many communities whose children have no access to healthcare and suffer and die unnecessarily.
If we had the funds we would start three new mobile clinics tomorrow.