December Newsletter 2019

Merry Christmas from the team at Medic Malawi and a big thank you for all your support in 2019

The simple statistic of over 10000 patients treated per year in the hospital shows that our partnership with St Andrew’s Hospital is life changing and as a team at Medic Malawi we will continue working hard in 2020 to ensure we have as big an impact as possible on people’s lives in Malawi.

Then and Now

2020 will mark the 19th anniversary of the opening of St Andrew’s Clinic and the beginning of some remarkable changes to the then Maize field on the edge of the village of Mtunthama. The site has become home to St Andrew’s Hosital, AMAO Childrens Home, Genesis Hostel, All Saints Secondary School and Primary School as well as housing for hopsital and school staff.

St Andrew’s Hospital August 2001
St Andrew’s Hospital 2019


The AMAO children’s home is home to 83 children, it is a remarkable community asset that is giving all the children an incredible start to life through a caring environment where they are loved, nurtured, supported and educated. Many of the staff dedicate their lives to AMAO and are committed to making a difference to the children in their care. The incredible team work tirelessly and genuinely see all the children as part of their own family.

Can you help AMAO?

AMAO is giving the children who live there a chance at life. Without Medic Malawi’s monthly funding AMAO would not survive. Can you help us with that monthly funding?

Please get in contact via [email protected] if you are able to help.


The statistics of what is being achieved at St Andrew’s is remarkable and we must continue our relentless efforts to further the life changing work being done on the ground in Malawi:

  • St Andrews Hospital serves a geographical area of 11300 Km2
  • 60 bed capacity
  • 205 Albino families supported, loved and mentored through the PLA Project
  • Serves a rural population of 150 000
  • 2200 patients treated so far in 2019 through the ear health outreach clinics
  • 1500 eye surgeries conducted as part of the eye health outreach clinics
  • 5000 patients treated for general eye care as part of the eye health outreach clinics
  • 1374 babies born at the hospital per year
  • 10226 patients being treated per year
  • 426 people support through food support programme
The love showed to patients at St Andrew’s is inspirational.

St Andrews has some urgent requirements that we would love to support over the next few months. Can you help?

Lifesaving oxygen generating machines are in short supply and there is an urgent need for three new machines costing a total of £7000.

Air conditioning in important parts of the hospital such as the laboratory and the operating theatres are critical to the safe treatment of patients. Many of the existing air-conditioning units have broken. We need to raise £5750 to enable the installation of new units.


Medic Malawi is welcoming Exeter medical professionals to join us at Grow Coffee House, Exeter with the ambition to promote the life changing work being undertaken in Malawi through our partnership with St Andrew’s Hospital and to further deepen its links to the Exeter medical community.
We invite you to come and join us for an evening of guest speakers, networking, great wine and Sharpham award winning cheese.
We are also delighted to welcome Dr Howard Friend as our headline speaker for the evening.

Dr Howard Friend

Dr Howard Friend first arrived in Malawi in 1983 to work near Mtunthama, central Malawi. He has spent half his working life in Malawi with his wife and four children at various locations:-Kasungu, Nkhata Bay and Lilongwe, working with the Malawi Government and later as Regional Medical officer for the Foreign Office covering East and Southern Africa. 18 years spent in Africa gives Howard a good perspective on the issues faced in delivering healthcare and development and in medical education in Malawi.

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If you can help in any way with these current needs, please get in contact via [email protected]

Without the ongoing support of all our incredible supporters none of the work would happen, the work in Malawi is incredible and life changing and can only happen with the dedicated commitment of all our supporters.

Please be in touch if I can be of any assistance with ongoing fundraising efforts, I would be more than happy to attend events to help spread the word about the ongoing work in Malawi. I am planning to hold a few events across the UK in early 2020 to meet with our supporters to talk more about our work and our future plans. Details of these events will be available soon.

Once again thank you for your unwavering support, it is a pleasure and an honour to serve the people of Malawi through Medic Malawi.