The AMECA Wing

We are changing the lives of children in Malawi.

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.

  • Children are often shunned by their community and even by their families.
  • These children more often than not will not go to school.
  • They therefore are condemned to have no income and no future.
  • Most families in Malawi are unable to afford treatment for often totally curable conditions.
  • Government hospitals are unable to offer effective treatment.

Surgeons at The Beit CURE International Hospital in Blantyre treat many disadvantaged children with disabilities, literally transforming their lives and those of their families. 

The AMECA Wing, opened in May 2011, was built as a totally sustainable income-producing private elective surgical ward. This innovative venture has two important outcomes:

  • All the income from private surgical cases is used to fund free paediatric orthopaedic treatment and in addition, will contribute to the Malawi Clubfoot Programme.
  • Patients who would normally go abroad for treatment will remain in Malawi; this helps to retain foreign exchange in Malawi and thus aids the economy.

In keeping with AMECA’s charitable objectives, we also built much-needed training offices 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 children’s surgery.

The AMECA Trust is very proud of its first build project. Within days of opening, The AMECA 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.

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