MEET THE MEDICAL TEAM CARING FOR
THE WORLD'S ISOLATED CHILDREN
Our unique mix of doctors, clinical officers, nurses, medical students on their elective placements and village health volunteers
enables us to provide essential healthcare in a very cost-effective way to children in remote areas.
Our Mobile Operating Theatre makes it possible for our team to treat conditions such as debriding tropical ulcers and repairing trauma wounds.
Matson Dezi, our Chief Clinical Officer is highly skilled in surgery and enjoys the challenges of working far from the tarmac roads and caring for children because as he says
“I am a father and care deeply for children”.
Clinical Officers deliver by far the bulk of medical care in Malawi. Doctors are very much a rarity and many will be volunteers from overseas. Our Clinical Officers are the ones who provide treatments for all the conditions that present at our Mobile Clinics. Thanks to our Clinical Officers like Matson Dezi who joined us in 2005, we are able to provide a range of quality life-saving treatments. He has a wonderful attitude with children and was trained in medicine and surgery at the Malawi Medical School. At each of our busy clinics we employ one or two Clinical locums to enable us to cope with the heavy workload - sometimes more than 500 sick children seen in one day.
Attracting nurses to work in NKhotakota district where we operate is a challenge; it is hot, malaria is rife and there are very few diversions. When there is a shortage we cope by hiring locum nurses from the government or mission hospital.
COMMUNITY HEALTH VOLUNTEERS
The reason we are able to achieve so much with limited funds is because the local community play a major role with a small army of over 150 Community Health Volunteers.
They assist us in every facet of our work.
In 2003 we accepted our very first final year medical student who wished to spend her 6 week medical elective placement with us at Nkhotakota. It was a great success so we opened our doors and the numbers of medical students coming to experience the practise of tropical medicine deep in the African bush with just the most basic tools has built up over the years and in 2016 we received 40 students.
They are taught basic Chichewa and gain real “hands on” experience in the practise of tropical medicine. It is a continued success and many describe it as “the greatest experience of their lives”.
Its popularity means it is heavily oversubscribed but we always try to fit students in.