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By donating to this project, you will help us support the Dispensary. Although Mwaya Community Dispensary is largely funded by the Malawi government, RIPPLE Africa provides some supplies, salaries, and miscellaneous costs to supplement the government provision. We would like to expand the facilities and would appreciate support for the following:
RIPPLE Africa has built a Community Dispensary in Mwaya village, which serves over 8,000 people who no longer have to travel up to 7km to the neighbouring villages of Kachere or Kande to receive treatment at clinics which are oversubscribed. RIPPLE Africa’s volunteer healthcare assistants drastically reduce the ratio of patients to medical professionals in the area.
Facilities at the Dispensary comprise:
Ante- and post-natal care services are still being provided at Kachere Health Centre.
The most common illnesses seen at the Dispensary are malaria and HIV/AIDS related, together with problems associated with malnutrition.
Basic healthcare provision is something which is universally essential to human beings around the world but in Malawi, the reality is that healthcare provision is less than adequate. In the Nkhata Bay District where RIPPLE Africa is based, there is just one nurse for every 18,000 people, and just one doctor for over 200,000!
A lack of access to basic facilities, and a severe shortage of trained medical professionals and basic medications, mean that many people struggle to get the vital access to medical treatment they need.
Construction started in July 2009. Pupils from Aldenham School in England helped to dig the foundations. RIPPLE Africa building staff continued with construction of the building, and it was completed in 2010.
The dispensary was formally opened on 22 June 2011 in a ceremony attended by District dignitaries (District Commissioner, District Health Officer, District Nursing Officer, etc.) and between 500 and 1,000 local people.
The staff and the medicines are being provided by the Malawian government. RIPPLE Africa maintains a close connection with the dispensary and currently employ two members of staff: someone to dispense the medicines and a gardener.
As with all our projects, the Dispensary is a simple grass-roots solution to identified local need. The District Health Officer for Nkhata Bay District asked if RIPPLE Africa could help meet the medical need of a growing local population, and the Community Dispensary at Mwaya was the simple answer to meet that local need.