CHRISTMAS, CHOLERA AND CLINICS
FVM has responded quickly through the generosity of you, our partners in North America, by drilling 3 new boreholes (150 foot deep wells with heavy duty pumps) in the Taulo area where FVM has been working for 12 years.
Pictured below: Borehole drilling in progress and community watching and celebrating by dancing and singing.
Cholera is preventable through clean water provision as well as community health awareness around issues of hygiene, food preparation etc. It can be treated with oral rehydration therapy (ORT) to prevent dehydration due to diarrhea, and also with oral antibiotics which are readily available here in North America. This is an example of one disease which the new Taulo Healthcare Centre can treat effectively.
The land has been acquired through the Ministry of Lands and architectural drawings are under development with input from both North America and most importantly, from existing facilities and management teams in Malawi.
As you know, a central focus of the Centre will be an entire wing devoted to maternity care.
A few facts: Infant mortality in Canada is 3.9 per 1,000 live births
Infant mortality rate in Malawi is 29 per 1,000 live births
Maternal mortality rate in Canada is 10 per 100,000
Maternal mortality rate in Malawi is 300 per 100,000
These statistics in Malawi become more stark as the number of pregnancies for a woman and the distance from a clinic increase, compounded by preexisting health and nutrition factors.
… and they are not just statistics! The people are real and the suffering is real.
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE TAULO HEALTHCARE CENTRE IN MALAWI… AND TO THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY DONE SO, THANK YOU!
The Future Vision Ministries family with Newton Sindo in Malawi