NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) has joined forces with the charitable organisation, Raising Malawi, to deliver desperately needed medical equipment to a new paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in the poverty-stricken country of Malawi.
From wellies to an ECG machine much need equipment is being donated to the new health facility in the southern region of Malawi.
The build is a 50 bedded children’s extension to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the country’s commercials district of Blantyre and is desperately in need of healthcare equipment and basic furniture to treat the many children expected to visit the facility for surgery and critical care.
Following the closure of the children’s hospital at Yorkhill, the old Southern General and the old Victoria and Western Infirmaries, NHSGGC has a surplus of equipment which will shipped to Malawi in a large containers this week.
John Brown, NHSGGC Chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the children of Malawi, with whom NHSGGC already has strong links.”
“Thanks to our modernisation programme in Glasgow, we have not only had the opportunity to improve services for the people of the West of Scotland, but also to make a significant contribution of specialist equipment to this new paediatric surgery and intensive care unit in Malawi.”
As the tenth poorest country in the world, medical equipment, facilities and staff are desperately needed in Malawi and high tech hospital medical equipment, beds and furniture kit will be shipped the 5,290 miles to Malawi.
Malawi’s health infrastructure is in turmoil; it is overburdened and vastly under-resourced. It is also a country ravaged by HIV and AIDS and severely affected by TB, Malaria and malnutrition.
The country’s health facilities are staggeringly sparse, with severe shortages of medical staff, medicine and even anaesthetics for operations.
And so chronic is the country’s shortage of medical staff that on average there is only one doctor per 100,000 people.
John McGarrity, Technical Manager Medical Equipment Management, NHSGGC, has been heavily involved in pulling the surplus equipment together and will fly out to Malawi later this year to oversee the distribution of the equipment.
He added: “Thanks to international aid projects some progress is now being made. However, hospitals still have very little equipment and there is an acute shortage of trained medical staff.
“I am delighted that our own hospital modernisation programme has allowed us to take part in such a valuable humanitarian project.
“It should also reassure staff and the public that our decommissioned equipment is being put to use to a very worthy cause.”
Sarah Ezzy, Executive Director of Raising Malawi said: “We are deeply grateful for this partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“This equipment donation to the new paediatric surgery and intensive care facility will have an enormous impact on the hospital’s ability to deliver critical care to the children of Malawi.”
Notes to Editors
Equipment includes hospital beds and mattresses, babies cots, incubators, vitals machines, ventilators, diagnostic sets baby scales ECG machine, tourniquets, BP cuffs, desks, chairs endoscopic equipment, and wellington boots.
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Pic: John McGarrity, Technical Manager Medical Equipment helps load some of the surplus equipment for shipment to Malawi.