Thousands of children in Malawi suffer from debilitating conditions such as clubfoot, hip dysplasia, cleft lip and palate, hydrocephalus, burn contractures and spine deformities.
There are devastating consequences for these children if they are not treated.
Surgeons at The Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre have treated thousands of disadvantaged children with disabilities, literally transforming their lives and those of their families.
The AMECA Wing, opened in May 2011, comprises a totally sustainable income-producing private elective surgical ward.
To date the AMECA Wing has served the hospital well for multiple uses and has produced over £55,000 of income. This innovative venture has many important outcomes:
The AMECA Wing is dedicated to the memory of Dr Alex Coutselos.
In keeping with AMECA’s charitable objectives, we also built much-needed training offices including a small reference library for medical staff; these facilities are used for medical conferences, therefore producing a further income stream for children’s treatment.
Finally, we built a small coffee bar, the revenue from which further aids funding of paediatric orthopaedic surgery. The AMECA Cafe has become a really popular meeting point in Blantyre and the chocolate cake is legend!!
The AMECA Trust is very proud of its first build project. Within days of opening, TheAMECA Wing was being used for elective surgical cases. The charity is especially proud to have employed the services of so many local people in Malawi and to have completed this project on time and within budget.