Our mission to open a medical clinic in Malawi

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The Tim Russell Community Medical Centre

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Where we started in 2016: Chizula Village,
Monkey Bay, Malawi

Our story, our vision ...

Educaring Africa was founded between Australia and Malawi in 2012 with the vision of supporting vulnerable communities in remote Monkey Bay with improved access to fundamental human rights of education and healthcare. In 2015, a young man named Tim Russell - someone close to the heart of Educaring Africa and its community - tragically passed away at the age of 25 due to cancer. As a way of recognising both our vision in Malawi and celebrating our dear friend, we established the Tim Russell Community Health Centre project in Chizula Village, Malawi in 2016 in his honour. Working in partnership with the Malawi Volunteer Organisation to deliver the project, construction first began in 2016 with a group of Tim's friends travelling to Malawi to work with local builders.

 

Since then, we have raised enough money to fund the near entirety of the build, which included generous support from Reece Plumbing in 2018 who provided a grant for the completion of an external toilet and shower block. In 2019, we worked with our friends in Rotary and Donations in Kind in Melbourne to paint a shipping container stocked with donated medical equipment for the clinic, which arrived on site in Malawi in February 2020. While COVID-19 has resulted in delays to the clinic's projected opening, we have continued chipping away during the pandemic by completing all plastering and rendering of the building, as well as all flooring and tiling works. 

By June 2023, we hope to raise enough money to complete all remaining works, which includes ceilings, windows, painting, water installation and final fit-out. When the project is complete, it will service 15 local villages, none of whom currently have easy access to local medical services, with the nearest facility being the under-strain Monkey Bay Government Hospital located some 10km away from locals in Chizula. In filling a vital gap in services, the clinic will provide a combination of free and affordable healthcare and medicines to the community. Through a close working relationship with the government hospital in Monkey Bay, the clinic will be serviced by clinicians and nurses, while medical volunteers and students will also play a role through MVO's existing medical outreach initiatives. 

We're nearly at the end of our journey, but we can only get there with your support. Learn more about the project here or get in touch with any queries. Enjoy some images below highlighting our journey so far, and a video here  ...

Help us open the Tim Russell Community Health Centre