Malawi has just one doctor for every 50,000 people (in rich countries, it's around one for every 250 people). In rural areas, there's even fewer because most health staff stay in the cities. This means that many people don't have access to a trained health worker in an emergency.
Medic to Medic is a UK charity (registered charity no. 1149904) that's been working in Malawi for the last nine years. We support students training as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and physiotherapists through their training. We target those at most risk of dropping out of their training due to their backgrounds. For example, students whose parents are subsistence farmers. When you come from a family earning less than $1 a day, the odds of completing university are against you. Yet these are the students who are most likely to remain in Malawi and go back to work in rural areas once qualified. In time, we hope to increase access to healthcare for Malawi's population - most of whom live outside cities.
Unfortunately, we have a funding emergency. Tuition fees at the University of Malawi have increased by 700% this year as Malawi is going through an economic crisis. We need to fundraise an extra £10,000 in the next couple of months to continue supporting our existing students.
Please help us reach our goal. Join in the conversation, share this video, and if you are in a position to make a donation towards our target of £10,000, thank you so much! Your support will be crucial to many Malawians having access to a trained health professional for the first time.
The Malawian students of today are the leaders of tomorrow. It doesn't take a lot to make a big difference! To our friends who are making international donations, you can do so via our website (www.medictomedic.org.uk) in your own currency. We accept donations in US$, AU$, CA$, NZ$, €
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