This month has seen the donation of some vitally important
drugs and equipment to the Clinic in Ruarwe, and shared with Khondowe.
Following a number of months of national drug shortages, Ruarwe Clinic was
running critically low of, among other things, Paracetamol and certain
antibiotics. The situation had become so acute that the Medical Assistant Paul
Kabuzi was having to make impossible decisions in giving paracetamol only to
children under a year of age, despite the very high risk of febrile convulsions
(seizures) in children with high temperatures up to the age of 5 years.
Repeat visitors to the lodge from Zomba heard of this plight
and instigated a fundraiser in their home country, Holland. With the funds
raised, they were able to buy a plentiful supply of Paracetamol, Clindamycin,
Ciprofloxacin and Quinine tablets (which are essential in the treatment of
malaria in the first trimester of pregnancy). The drugs were purchased in Zomba
and shipped up to Ruarwe where they were very gratefully received.
In addition to these drugs, the clinic also received a
supply of gauze, dressings and bandages to bulk up those already held by the
clinic. Treatment of wounds is the fourth most common reason for patients’
attendance at the clinic so these supplies will soon be used for the treatment
of these. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who donated and
to Annelies and Jeroen of Zomba who arranged the fundraising, purchase and
donation of the drugs and Hartmut and Anneke of Ruarwe who arranged for the
donation of the wound care supplies – both of these will really make a huge
difference to the community of Ruarwe and all those attending the clinic for