Mulanje Mission Hospital

In 2013, Friends for Africa financially helped Mulanje Mission Hospital renovate 30 water pumps in the sprawling Mulanje area of southern Malawi. By making the pumps functional again, an average of 500 people per pump could be provided with clean drinking water. That adds up to a total of 15,000 people in total. Water is life!

Why is renovation of water pumps so important in Malawi?

Clean drinking water is a very normal commodity in the Netherlands. However, this is not at all the case in Malawi. Here they are very dependent on water pumps for which some village members have to walk for hours to reach one. When this water pump fails and therefore causes contaminated water, this can have major consequences. It is therefore important that the water pumps always remain in good working order and are renovated on time.

How do water pumps contribute to quality & good education in Malawi?

Quality & good education is not just about building schools, buildings and providing well-trained teachers. In Malawi (but also in the Netherlands) there is much more to this kind of project. When a school is built, a campus also comes around it so that many teachers and children have good places to sleep. These kinds of "villages" also need to be provided with basic necessities such as clean drinking water. By placing water pumps at the schools or renovating them in a timely manner you ensure that people do not have to worry about drinking and they can fully focus on studying.

What does Mulanje Mission Hospital do?

Mulanje Mission Hospital partners with a local government hospital to serve a population of 685,000 people in Mulanje District in southeastern Malawi. Mulanje Mission was established toward the end of the 19th century, and the original health facility at its current location functioned only as a maternity hospital. Today, the 220-bed hospital offers a full range of medical, surgical and pediatric services. Along with the adjacent College of Nursing, MMH is known for its high standards of care, under the administration of Blantyre Synod of the Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).

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