A dollar-for-dollar matching grant to help make high-quality healthcare affordable for the sickest of the sick in Malawi!

Since its founding in 2005, Partners in Hope Medical Center in Lilongwe, Malawi has become one of the premier health centers in the country. This mission facility has helped to fill a desperate need for quality healthcare in the region, offering free HIV outpatient services, a private general clinic, and a low-cost inpatient ward. Over 7,500 HIV-infected individuals have registered long-term with the clinic, and thousands more have sought specialty referral services unavailable elsewhere. Approximately 200 outpatients present to clinic daily.

A partnership with the School of Medicine at the University of California—Los Angeles led to the awarding of a US government grant to Partners in Hope, which is now assisting other Malawian hospitals with provision of high-quality HIV care.

In early 2010 Partners in Hope opened a 15-bed inpatient facility. The first year saw 415 clients admitted. These patients are often extremely ill with diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and meningitis. The reputation for high quality care of the critically sick has drawn individuals from over four hours away and even from the neighboring country of Mozambique. The second full year of operation will see 500 inpatients, a 20% increase.

The Partners in Hope funding model relies heavily on income generated by the private clinic in order to keep outpatient HIV services free of charge. The care of acutely ill hospitalized patients is more expensive and has placed a significant financial burden on the institution.

Partners in Hope desires to keep high-quality hospital services affordable to all those in dire need, regardless of ability to pay. The inpatient ward is also an important education venue for visiting medical residents from UCLA medical school as well as for Malawian physician assistants.

To support Partners in Hope and the clients it serves, the African Mission Healthcare Foundation (www.amhf.us) is offering a $3,000 matching grant. Every dollar given will be matched one-to-one by the foundation. AMHF will also cover the 2.9% credit card processing fee.

If successful, this effort will raise $6,000 for the medical center, enough to underwrite the cost of one occupied hospital bed for an entire year.

Please consider assisting this vital effort to maintain high quality, affordable healthcare for the sickest of the sick in Malawi, Africa.

If you have any questions, please contact Partners in Hope physician and AMHF CEO Dr. Jon Fielder (jon.fielder@amhf.us).

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