As you will witness in these case studies Positive Steps is all about bridging the gap between what the state can offer and what other charities in the area can offer such as Africa Burns Relief and 500 Miles. Here are some of the success stories that we are proud to have been able to help so far;
Grisella lost her right lower leg as a result of severe infection; she now has prosthesis and suitable shoes. Ellen Weluzani is 7 years old, as she grows she will require new prosthesis. Seveliano Mtenji and Loveness Kasambe have also benefitted from suitable prosthesis and shoes.
Victor (3 months old in the photo below) sustained severe burns when he and his older brother fell into an open fire. As a result of his injuries he has lost part of his right foot. At one year old, he will be measured for specialist shoes and will require regular re-fits as he grows. Keep an eye on this blog to see his progress.
Positive Steps will continue to support prosthetic management working closely with 500 miles, a charity supporting the development and delivery or prosthetic and orthotic services in Malawi and Zambia and with Africa Burn Relief, a charity providing acute and reconstructive burn care. 500 miles will pay for all of Amina, Benita and Victor’s prosthetic and orthotic care if Positive Steps will cover their travel expenses, shoes and walking frames etc.
Other funds have been used to ensure completion of the well at Msumphi village…
…and to provide a roof at Chiwanga School.
Some of the money has been used to purchase a bike for Ian Dawe, the physiotherapy technician. Now Mr. Dawe can travel to remote areas to review patients, support them in managing their new limbs and pursue outreach rehabilitation.
Following withdrawal of funding from the Malawian Government, 24 of the 50 student nurses I worked with would have been unable to graduate…now they have all passed their final exams and are practising in hospitals, health centres and clinics throughout Malawi.
In a country where, in 2004 there were officially 7,264 nurses (this includes registered nurses and nurse/midwife technicians) for 13 to 14 million people (a quarter of the minimum the World Health Organisation considers adequate for countries in the developing world), 24 skilled professionals will make a difference.
We have established a link between Portesham Primary School in Dorset and Nguluwe School to raise money for a new school building, Check the post by Laura Evans to see how well this project is progressing.