CENTRAL AFRICA MEDICAL MISSION
LUTHERAN MOBILE MEDICAL CLINIC – MALAWI
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” Matthew 10:42
Back in biblical times, the Romans it must be said, were a pretty clever lot. They understood the necessity for providing clean water and sanitation as a means of maintaining public health and limiting the spread of disease. They constructed aqueducts throughout the Empire, to bring water from outside sources into cities and towns. Aqueduct water supplied public baths, latrines, fountains, and private households.
Today, reliable clean water in American cities is a part of our infrastructure that is pretty much taken for granted. When people turn on a faucet, little if any thought is given to where the water came from let alone some of the processes such as flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and chlorination that make water fit for human consumption.
It is much the same in African cities such as Lilongwe and Lusaka – although it is recommended to boil and filter water before drinking it, or even buy bottled water. However, in the rural areas it is a different story. Out in the rural villages people rely on boreholes (or wells) which typically operate by the use of a hand pump. If a borehole is not available people are forced to use streams and rivers as a means of water supply and personal hygiene. In water resource circles there is a classic photograph used that shows a river with cows and other animals standing upstream in the river, a short distance downstream people are standing in the river washing clothes, then further downstream women are collecting drinking water. The point of the photograph is to show how easily waterborne diseases can be communicated and how important clean water is to good public health.
Understanding that correlation between clean water and public health, some years ago CAMM constructed boreholes at three of our clinic sites in Malawi – Msambo, Suzi and Mwalaulomwe. A borehole was drilled at Thunga Village, but they were unable to find water. Over time the boreholes at Suzi and Mwalaulomwe have failed. This may be because of mechanical issues with the pump or because the water table has dropped. The borehole at Msambo is still operating effectively. Knowing that our clinics provide for the majority of the health needs in the villages we serve, CAMMC applied to Christian Aid and Relief and was granted funds to repair or re-drill our boreholes at Suzi and Mwalaulomwe. We will also service and test the borehole at Msambo. We plan to have the work finished before the rainy season begins in December.
“Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
Your brother in Christ
Project Ideas —
• Knit dish cloths-give to new moms at clinic
• Twist ties (that come with plastic baggies)
• Ziploc bags with zip thing—not press together type—can keep things in them and be assured they are closed up better. GALLON SIZE most requested used to organize boxes and pill bags of meds in the trunks.
• Choc chips—dark as well!! (Malawi-Evans)
• Nuts to bake with-walnuts or pecans (Malawi-Evans)
• Aveeno hand/body lotion—purse size nice—Beth (Malawi-Evans)
• Werthers candies (Malawi-Evans)
• Grocery bags
• Chili powder and Cinnamon (Malawi-Evans)
• AA and AAA batteries—flashlights and BP cuffs—expensive there (Malawi)
• Walsporin ointment (Malawi)
• Knit caps-baby size especially 0-6 months
• 4 x 4 gauze
• Handiwipes -for sponging off feverish kids and wiping up messes—by Clorox. Dry fast and can be burned
• Sunscreen—lotion only and 50 SPF at least (go thru about 2/week)
• Pill bags-use them for antenatal clients who get one with their iron tablets on their first visit. Ladies bring them back to refill at future visits.
• Homemade cross necklaces
• Post it notes, sharpies, pens (Malawi-Evans)
• Treats-granola bars (Nature Valley, Kashi, Kind)—taken to clinic for snacks as usually no lunch break. Some choc in them or fruit or nuts. (Malawi-Evans)
• Peanut M & M’s (Malawi-Evans)
• Christian Christmas decorations (Malawi-Evans)
• Notepads—jotting down notes and lists (Malawi-Evans)
• Baby Layette items
• Baby/Childrens socks (especially Zambia)
Malawi Lutheran Mobile Clinic
PO Box 30339
Lilongwe 3, Malawi, Africa
Zambia Lutheran Mission Rural Health Center
Lutheran Mission Zambia
PO Box 310005 Chelston
Lusaka, Zambia, Africa
In general on the customs forms, indicate “supplies” never using the word “medical” and generally declare “0” value for the amount.