Friends of Sick Children in Malawi

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  • A new mother in the maternity unit
  • Babies are no longer crammed 4 to a cot
  • Wheelchairs get children to school
  • Ironman competition in Wales
  • Knitting tiny hats and clothes for premature babies
  • A corner chair
  • Kangaroo Mother Care & Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Jan 2014

Review of 2013

At Friends of Sick Children in Malawi, both here and over in Africa, we greatly appreciate all the support we receive each year – support that comes from a great and growing variety of people, organisations and places, and can range from goodwill and encouragement, through knitting and other goods, to financial donations, large and small.

Here are some of the big achievements of 2013 thanks to you, our supporters:

  • Building a families’ and guardians’ shelter in the grounds, and making the area safer underfoot and generally improving for everyone the external environment within the grounds around the wards.
  • Helping to fund the continuing maintenance and development of our valuable cadre of Malawian paediatric nurses, including sponsoring two nursing sisters through a 4 year degree course.
  • Securing another expatriate doctor/lecturer for next year, helping to augment the medical care team in the hospital as well as the teaching of the medical students ‘in the pipeline’.
  • Purchasing 7 new vital signs monitors with accessories and stands.
  • Funding for the fitting and manufacture of over 65 bespoke wheelchairs, immeasurably improving the quality of life for the ‘fortunate’ young recipients and their families.
  • Augmenting the reach of the One Stop Centre for abuse victims with money to secure and train a clinical officer and fund the costs of following-up on cases, the victims and the perpetrators.
  • Funding a further skills development visit by paediatric cardiologists from the UK.
  • Funding a malnutrition study.

All the individuals who support us are greatly valued. I won’t list them all here but I want them all to know that without them much less would be able to be achieved, so thank you and I hope you will continue to support the enormous and valuable progress being made by the team in Malawi.

The organisations and certain of the individuals (some wish to remain anonymous) that have been particularly instrumental in helping to make these achievements possible are as follows:

  • The Namdhari Sangat Sikh community and the Ubhi family, both of Birmingham
  • Euro Charity Trust and the Majid family
  • Sufian Sadiq of Luton Sixth Form College (Unleashing Potential) and The Mai Aisha Trust
  • Dr Kim Stevenson, Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry (A&E and Paediatric depts), members of St Columbas, Belfast, and staff at Harberton Special School.
  • The estate of the late Dr Pritam Singh Rattan
  • The Community Foundation of Northern Ireland through The Killaire Trust
  • Kitchen Table Charities Trust
  • Squire Sanders LLP and Mr Ian Forrest
  • The Douglas Turner Trust
  • The Kenilworth Soroptimists
  • Dr Josephine ‘Joe’ Langton and Mr Jonathan Cowie
  • Dr and Mrs James Bunn
  • Mrs Marianne Moxon and friends
  • .....and, last but certainly not least, fellow FOSCiM trustees Alexis Cowie and Stuart Reynolds

It also gives me very great pleasure to draw your attention to the following recently announced major achievement led by the last of our four trustees, Prof Liz Molyneux together with Dr Kawaza and the team from Rice University, Texas. What an innovation and just recognition!

TheGlaxo Smith Kline - Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award

**** FIRST PRIZE ****

Friends of Sick Children, Malawi

• Friends of Sick Children, Malawi - a partnership between the Paediatric Department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, Rice University’s Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, and University of Malawi College of Medicine.

• Their ‘bubble’ Continuous Positive Airway Pressure ‘bCPAP’ device is a low-cost adaptation of a device proven to help newborn babies with respiratory distress, designed specifically for low-resource settings.

• This low-cost adaptation of traditional CPAP devices can be produced for around $400 – a 15-fold reduction from the average $6,000 cost of devices currently used in developed countries.

• bCPAP is being implemented in neonatal units across Malawi in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Award money will be used to support further expansion of the low-cost technology and associated training programmes to Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa.

• This could prevent 178,000 early neonatal deaths per year on the African continent, where nearly one million babies die every year within a week of birth.

• The project was recognised for its high-quality, affordable and replicable package of treatment services that focuses on the vital need to reduce pre-term and neonatal death, coupled with improving training and knowledge

Finally, as we all get to grips with a new year, to all our supporters a big..........

Zikomo kwambiri(Thank you very much)


Ndikulifunira banjalanu lonse moyowabwino ndi chakachopambana cha2014(I wish you and all your family a healthy, happy and prosperous 2014)


Gordon Cowie M.B.E.

Founder and Chair of Trustees

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