We are happy to promote the below Covid-19 fundraising appeals, and encourage members and partners to donate generously:
APPEALS FOR FUNDING TO HELP RESPOND TO COVID-19:
2020 marks 15 years of partnership between Dunblane and the villages of Likhubula. This strong partnership is comprised of two established and hardworking committees in Malawi and Scotland.
The Likhubula Committee has proposed that their counterpart in Dunblane assist their local community by setting up 86 additional hand washing stations and supplying 2,000 facemasks, targeting the seven villages, 33 churches, the Likhubula Market, chiefs, steering committee and bursars. This could be Phase One, with further support developed if the pandemic worsens.
As an experienced international health care charity, SMP Members, EMMS International is well placed to work with their local health partners on the front line in Malawi. Their immediate focus is to make sure their local health workers are as protected and as prepared as they can possibly be for what lies ahead of them. Their partner hospitals in Malawi are currently gathering essential cleaning and protective equipment to keep staff and patients safe. They continue to visit vulnerable palliative care patients in the community.
This LSTM appeal is looking to raise vital funds that will support Malawi’s health system, enable more cutting-edge research to fight the pandemic and ensure future resilience within the health system. Estimates from their partners at MLW show that 30-70% of patients aged 17-44 presenting to QECH hospital will need oxygen; current provision means that less than 10% could be treated effectively. There are currently only around 25 intensive care beds available for the whole country and PPE is desperately needed along with proper transport for nurses.
SMP Member, Zambesi Mission, is supporting their partner, the Zambezi Evangelical Church (ZEC), which operates five health centres in rural Malawi. ZM is accepting donations to help with providing protective equipment for ZEC’s staff. In the event of a full Malawi lockdown, then they will be trying to help church pastors as they are unlikely to receive any church tithes during that period and may face severe depravation. CLICK HERE for 30 April video update.
SMP member, Prof Bryne Tendelo Ngwenya of the University of Edinburgh has launched an appeal to raise funds for facemasks for healthcare workers in Malawi. Prof Ngwenya is leading the appeal with fellow former students of Kamuzu Academy, Malawi.
In rural Malawi, Self Help Africa are distributing soap, water cans, information leaflets and other equipment to 9,000 vulnerable households, to help them withstand the approaching Coronavirus, but they need further support.
UNICEF has offices in over 190 countries and territories. With its dual humanitarian and development mandate, and existing regional, country and field presence, UNICEF has a strong comparative advantage in being able to address the scale of needs globally.
Medic to Medic (UK charity) are running an emergency appeal fundraising to commission personal protective equipment for their graduate health workers to wear during their pandemic response in Malawi. One of their graduates is already in quarantine in Lilongwe because she was looking after one of the Covid-19 patients who unfortunately passed away last week. The appeal is using a local network of tailors and street vendors for commissioning of scrubs, visors, soap and hand sanitiser and also using the existing suppliers in Blantyre for gloves and masks. Watch their video "COVID on the Breadline" by clicking here
SMP members the Kerusso Trust are fundraising for a COVID-19 awareness training and support. The Trust will fund their partner J-Life Ministries to work with the village Chiefs and other community leaders to set up and operate handwashing stations in strategic village locations, and provide instruction in correct handwashing techniques. They will buy boxes of hand soap, buckets with taps and vehicle fuel to systematically visit all the villages around the J-Life site and will also provide soap, hand sanitizer, gloves and face masks to the remote Chimembe Health Centre which lacks any soap or protective equipment for its clinical staff.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is looking to raise $139m for the targeted support of 7.5 million people in Malawi, working with 28 operational partners. Download the full report here.
Clinicians at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi have identified an urgent need for additional resources to enable them to respond to COVID-19. As of 28th July, there were over 200 new cases of the virus each day. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), medication, facilities and funds to recruit additional nurses and medical officers are required. To provide this much needed support to the COVID-19 wards at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, donations can be made in the UK through the Chira Fund.
In addition, the specific resources sought are:
Testing kits for COVID-19
Staffing - Resources to recruit more health care workers (for sustainability these can be on an initial 1 year)
- 24 nurses (20 for QECH and 4 for COM ward)
- 3 Medical Officers at COM overflow ward
- n95 Masks
- Facemasks with non-rebreathable bag
- Re-usable gowns
- Surgical gloves
- Oxygen concentrators
- Oxygen cylinders with regulators
- Big crocs (sizes 8 -10)
Funds for 3 essential drugs - heparin, insulin and dexamethasone
Fisherman’s Rest Outreach Malawi is based just outside Blantyre and has strong connections with the local communities there, carrying out projects that aim to lift people out of poverty through increasing standards of education and developing business in the area. The charity has launched an appeal to raise money for Chikwawa District Hospital, to help it serve the district’s 600,000 population.
APPEALS FOR FUNDING FROM THOSE AFFECTED BY COVID-19:
SMP Members, Dochas Education Trust, have an appeal to fundraise for their partner community in Nsanje to access clean water, with buckets, soap and locally produced face masks.
SMMHEP aims to provide sustainable support for psychiatric teaching for health care professionals in Malawi. Find their Just Giving page here:
The loss of STEKA's income generating programmes because of Covid-19 will badly affect STEKA's ability to raise the funds that the home urgently needs to pay for food, water, essential bills and to secure the future of its residents and other street kids once the Lockdown eases. A STEKAskills appeal (www.stekaskills.com/covid-19-appeal) enables members and schools involved in their Dialogue Project to help STEKA survive these terrible times.
Open Arms have locked down their homes to protect children and staff, this will significantly affect normal fundraising.
With summer trips to Malawi cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19, Classrooms for Malawi are fundraising to help continue their work.
SMP Members Just Trading Scotland (JTS) have set up a crowd funding page to support their partners in Malawi, the KASFA rice farmers in Malawi, to cope with the pandemic in the north of Malawi. Their main need at this time is for simple handwashing facilities and soap.
Jacaranda is working to keep Malawian children healthy and safe: distributing masks and soap, ensuring vulnerable families receive porridge flour and food such as beans and maize, and developing a remote education model for our students.
The above fundraising appeals are entirely independent to the Scotland Malawi Partnership and we simply look to signpost to the range of appeals we know about.