Many Malawian youth suffer from malaria, infections, and ongoing medical problems. The Malawi government does offer free medical care, but only at overpopulated health clinics where medical professionals are scarce. Therefore, for proper medical care youth must often go to a hospital that charges fees. Many youth never visit the dentist or optometrist and often complain of medical related issues.
Our medical fund in Malawi, Africa is, first, a reserve fund that is available throughout the year to all youth whom EKARI supports who require care at a hospital. Second, each year we provide youth with a mosquito bed net. Finally, we provide youth with access to dental and eye care annually. Our goal is that youth will receive the proper medical care that they deserve.
As one example, in early 2013 Gift (photo above) was bitten by a rabid dog. Medication for rabies cases for humans is scarce in Malawi, but Gift found medication at a rural hospital nearby his school and nurses treated him. The cost was ~$100. Without support from EKARI’s medical fund, Gift would have died from rabies.
A one-time contribution of $100 will provide 10 mosquito bed nets.
A monthly contribution of $35 will allow 20 students to receive annual dental care.