In 2012, Educaring Africa took on its first medical sponsorship project on behalf of then three year old Malawian boy Gift James. Gift was born with a rare birth defect to his renal and colon passages. The condition was so severe, it was beyond the capability of any medical service available in his native Malawi. Educaring Africa worked tirelessly in partnership with The Children First Foundation (CFF) in Australia, Malawian Government health and welfare authorities, as well as the Australian Embassy to Malawi in South Africa to provide him with the surgery he required to live a normal life. Through the pro-bono support of Dr Chris Kimber and the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Gift travelled to Australia in March 2014 with his auntie Rabecca and underwent life changing to surgery. He returned to Malawi October 2014 following successful surgery and is now happily attending school free of the risk of contracting cancer, infection and disease. Educaring Africa visits Gift yearly and continues to support both he and his family.
As part of its volunteer program, our development partners Malawi Volunteer Organisation (MVO) offer medical volunteers the opportunity to provide urgent assistance to local people of Monkey Bay. This project is carried out through wounds treatment clinics, which are mobile clinics undertaken throughout various villages. Volunteers also use the clinics to host regular health talks and seminars on prominent public health issues such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Inventory supplies for these clinics are always in high demand. Educaring Africa has not only sought to support the operations of these activities by providing a central base for volunteers and local patients through its medical clinic construction project, it also seeks to provide equipment and supplies when possible. While locals have access to a government hospital in Monkey Bay, it is constantly inundated with patients with severe illnesses and surgery requirements. Hence, supporting these clinics are vital for helping limit the spread of local infection and disease.