Posts Tagged ‘health’

Midwife App and solar-powered, portable, backup medical system to save lives in Malawi

Posted on 25 Feb 2013 at 11:02pm

Grand Valley State University students are making a difference in the Republic of Malawi, Africa, by creating a midwife application to assist in birthing, as well as a solar-powered, portable, backup medical system for when power goes out in the clinics.

The midwife app gives digital access to the book “A Midwife’s Guide” written by Mary Sommers, a certified professional midwife and the cousin of Star Swift, an associate professor of management at GVSU.

“Originally we were going to just help my relatives put the book up on a web site,” Swift said. “Folks from both Steelcase and Google told…


Posted on 01 Feb 2013 at 10:12pm

There will be a group of medical doctors/surgeons from an international organisation called ConnectMed who will be operating on children/adults with cleft palates from 18th to 23rd February 2013 IN LILONGWE. The service will be free, including food and accommodation for one guardian per patient. You can play a part in giving someone a smile Open-mouthed smileback by identifying them and registering them by calling 0997-813-869 Transport for those from outside Lilongwe will be refunded and the Ministry of Health is aware of this programme.

Some excerpts from the document received on our desk it’s written:

ConnectMed International…

Video – Aer Lingus UNICEF Ambassadors visited Malawi in January 2013

Posted on 01 Feb 2013 at 1:28am

Aer Lingus UNICEF Ambassadors visited Malawi in January 2013 to see the impact of the funds raised from generous Aer Lingus passengers. Since 1997, Aer Lingus cabin crew and passengers have raised over €15 million to help change the lives of vulnerable children all over the world.

Malawi to restrict alcohol consumption

Posted on 31 Jan 2013 at 12:51pm

A 2009 survey by the World Health Organization on Non Communicable Diseases, or NCDs, and its risk factors shows that 20 percent of all Malawians consume alcohol. The study indicates that one in five men and one in 50 women drink excessively. Overall, the survey shows that about eight percent of all people of all drinkers consume too much.

Health experts say alcohol abuse causes significant public health problems. Dr Beatrice Mwagomba, the Program Officer for the NCDs and Mental Health in the Ministry of Health,  says “There diabetes, hypertension or cardiovascular diseases…

Malawi Video: WHY 10 women die every day giving birth

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 at 12:36pm

Malawi is one of the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where maternal mortality is the highest. The main reasons are the long distances to health facilities, lack of trained health personnel and poor equipment. If these inadequacies were put right, the numbers of women dying would be drastically reduced.


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The minister of health thanks Norway for supporting Malawi female politicians

Posted on 24 Jan 2013 at 10:00am

In her opening remarks in Oslo, Honorable Minister of Health Ms. Catherine Gotani Hara said she was thankful for Norway’s support to female politicians in Malawi.

Minister Hara is in Oslo contributing to the Global Health conference Accelerating progress: Saving women’s and children’s lives in the coming decade, on January 22.

Opening a meeting with The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), Minister Hara said that she was a result of Norway’s support to female politicians…

Blood in Need in Lilongwe, thinking of doing something Important?

Posted on 21 Jan 2013 at 7:38pm

We received this important message in our inbox, forwarded from *Muriel Durand and thought it would be better to share it with our readers at

“I am writing on behalf of the medical community here in Lilongwe, as a pediatrician working at Kamuzu Central Hospital. As many may know, it is malaria season, as well as the “hungry season”, when many children are being admitted with severe and life-threatening anemia. Unfortunately, the supply of blood to the pediatric department has been erratic, and there are often shortages. I am writing to plead with people in the LLW community to donate their blood to the transfusion center. It is safe, hygienic,…