Despite significant advances in the last two decades, a child in Malawi is 8 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than a child in the United States. MCI has worked in close partnership with the Pediatric ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) since our inception. Our funds have been used to support locally-led initiatives that have included building, staffing, and supplying a pediatric laboratory, hiring nurses and nutritionists, supporting a training program for ultrasonographers, and bringing Wifi to the wards.
Access to a quality education is the cornerstone to reducing poverty and improving the quality of people's lives. MCI supports learners of all ages, from elementary school through post-graduate education. Working closely with Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) leadership, MCI supports nurses, clinical officers, medical students, and physicians in pursuit of higher education. In return for educational support, all of our grantees have returned to work for MCI or the Ministry of Health on the Pediatric ward at KCH.
Malnutrition and starvation are all too common in Malawi. There is a time of year "the hungry season" when most farmers have finished last year's food and are awaiting the new harvest. Malawi Children'sInitiative provides meals and nutritional support to families of children on the pediatric wards of Kamuzu Central Hospital.