Malawi faces critical, life-threatening drug shortages.

Ekwendeni Hospital (Presbyterian) is a large general mission hospital serving 200,000 people in rural northern Malawi.

Malawi is facing critical drug shortages, and Ekwendeni Hospital has not been immune. The worldwide financial crisis led to a decline in donations. Inflation has caused a sharp increase in local pharmaceutical prices. And a ship carrying a large supply of medicines to the hospital sank a couple years ago, a catastrophe from which the hospital has not yet fully recovered.

The result is that patients have been given just two days of medicine and are asked to come back to the hospital for additional supply. Given the lack of fuel in the country, returning is often impossibility for poor patients in rural areas.

Infectious diseases represent the leading cause of illness and death at Ekwendeni. These conditions are treatable when medications are available.

The African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) assisted the hospital with a grant in 2011. This gift purchased antibiotics and antimalarials for approximately 6,000 hospitalized and clinic patients. But these drugs are beginning to run out…

For 2012, AMHF is offering a $10,000 one-to-one matching grant, with the goal of raising a total of $20,000 to assist 7,000 inpatients and outpatients with infectious diseases: less than $3 per patient.

For every dollar given, AMHF will match with another dollar toward the purchase of drugs for Ekwendeni Hospital. AMHF will also cover the 2.9% credit card processing fee for donations made through the Razoo website. So every dollar given by you means two dollars for Ekwendeni Hospital.

For questions, contact AMHF CEO and medical missionary in Malawi Dr. Jon Fielder (jon.fielder@amhf.us) or Dr. Martha Sommers, longtime medical missionary at Ekwendeni Hospital (masommers6@yahoo.com). To learn more about the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, visit www.amhf.us.

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