Some of the world’s best health systems have been beyond stretched by the Covid-19 pandemic. So how on earth will some of the world’s most fragile health systems defend themselves against Covid-19, where basic principles of disease prevention are not possible? Importantly, how will health workers, on the front lines and absolutely vital to fighting the pandemic, be protected when they already suffer severe shortages of drugs and equipment in the workplace?
To help address this issue, Medic to Medic has undertaken a campaign to protect the health workers staffing Malawi’s fragile health system by commissioning essential personal protective equipment (PPE) bundles. These will be provided to the more than 126 M2M graduates who work in hospitals throughout the country.
HOW WILL WE DO IT?
We will be working with local tailors to sustainably produce scrubs, surgical gowns, masks, hats and visors. We will purchase soap from local street vendors. This means we will be investing in the local community to ensure that local people can also benefit from this initiative and protect their incomes for a little bit longer. This method ensures that we can get to work straight away, rather than buying internationally and expecting shipments during a time where there are global shortages. It also means our initiative will not divert PPE from other countries. Our graduate community will organise the logistics of distribution and we have representatives throughout the country to ensure the PPE gets to where it needs to go.
Help us reach our goal of £8000.
Monies raised from our crowdfunding campaign will help us to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to our graduate community, so that they can protect themselves during the covid-19 pandemic on the frontline in Malawi. If our campaign exceeds our target, we will commission more PPE to be made which will be distributed through our graduates to Malawi’s government facilities.
Anything you are able to give would be greatly appreciated. Donations in different currencies (NZ$, US$, AU$, Euros) can be made on our website: www.medictomedic.org.uk please specify in the free text donation box that you wish your donation to go towards the PPE emergency appeal.
For those in Malawi wanting to make a donation, please message us for our local bank account details so you are able to donate in Malawi Kwacha. Our email address is email@example.com
The importance of health workers are now more than ever before being recognised as essential against death and disease. They are SO important and even more so within sub-saharan Africa where there are simply not enough during the best of times, let alone the worst of times.
Without health workers, the impact of Covid-19 on Malawi’s fragile health system will be devastating and have lasting consequences which will affect everyone. When the developed world comes out of their pandemic, it will be easy to forget that the developing world will only just be entering theirs.
Let’s not forget Malawi at this crucial time.