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AMECA NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015


Dear all, we hope you will enjoy reading about the events of the last few months; it certainly has been busy, to say the least!!

As always, we wish to acknowledge the time, enthusiasm, donations and generosity of spirit of so very many people. It has been amazing to see AMECA's following grow and grow. We never ever take you for granted and you continue to amaze us in all that you do.

My personal thanks to the Directors of The AMECA Trust for their hard work, patience, advice and moreover, their enduring friendship.

Ruthie Markus, CEO

Save the Date!!


Join us on the 15th January 2016 at St John's School, Leatherhead, Surrey, for an illustrated talk by Capt. Levision Wood,  AMECA's  Patron, on the follow up to his fantastic Nile trek last year. 

Walking the Himalayas will be televised by Channel 4 during January 2015. More details to follow, but in the interim, save the date as it promises to be a great evening!!

Tickets  will be available in November, but email us  in advance at ameca@btinternet.com if you need any more detail in the interim.
 

AMECA signs Memorandum of Understanding



AMECA is delighted to announce that our Memorandum of Understanding with The Department of Health for our intended primary healthcare clinic at Chilaweni was signed on Capital Hill, Lilongwe in September. This document represents months of planning and we extend our thanks to everyone involved on the ground in Malawi for their time, advice and patience. We are simply awaiting a few last checks and balances and hope to soon update you with the start of the building! Read more...............

Donation of Anaesthetic Machines to Malawi

It was wonderful to be able to finally announce the safe arrival and delivery of 2 aneasthetic machines to Kaelmba Mission Hospital, Bangula, Nsanje District and Ndirande Community Hospital, Blantyre District. Donated by St Helier Hospital in the UK, with air freight funded by Malawi.Kom in Holland, upgraded by Medical Aid International CIC with funding from our Dutch donors + AMECA’s surgical fund, this was a great example of international collaboration. Read more.........

AMECA 2015 Student Fundraising Challenge

Many thanks to our nursing students from Southampton University, who raised over £11,500 for AMECA through their participation in this year's fundraising challenge in Malawi. The students climbed Mouth Mulanje, undertook renovations to a new feeding centre at Chilaweni village and took part in visits to The AMECA Wing at CURE Hospital, Thyolo District Hospital and Queens Hospital. A huge thank you also to Secret Compass for the logistics and fantastic staff on the ground in Malawi and to Joshua Orphan & Community Care for their supervision at Chilaweni.

Teaching Basic Trauma Life Support

Earlier in the year, AMECA's Clinical Director, consultant surgeon Paul Thomas and Ruthie Markus joined Dutch surgeons Jan Petit and Tom Schiphorst, to teach Basic Trauma Life Support in the remote mission and district hospitals of northern Malawi. Visiting Lilongwe MASM, Embangweni Mission Hospital, Chitipa District Hospital, Livingstonia Mission Hospital, Ekwendeni Mission Hospital, Mzuzu MASM, we covered around 2000km in an ambulance on some fairly challenging roads!!!! Our thanks to the scores of participants in the recipient hospitals for their great enthusiasm and our deepest gratitude to Jan Petit of Malawi.Kom for his fantastic organisation for what we can absolutely say was the experience of a lifetime.

AMECA Website

In May of this year we launched our new website, which we love. Do take a look at our video on the Home Page and also our new Medical Directory, which gives free access to almost 50 hospitals in Africa. We are very proud that so many medical, nursing, physiotherapy and other healthcare science students across the UK are using the resource for help with their elective placements.

We are also really proud of our Student Alumni section, which details all the the students who have been recipients of an AMECA Bursary Award. We are equally proud and pleased to see some of these former students now coming out to Malawi as qualified clinicians.

Schools, Universities and Hospitals


Finally, we are really excited to have the support of Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames and St Andrews International High School in Blantyre Malawi. Moreover, it is wonderful for AMECA to be incorporated into the 6th form B tech syllabus at these schools. We are very grateful indeed for the support of the students and staff and really look forward to attending the events being planned by students at these schools.

Pupils at Churchill House, St Johns School, Leatherhead, Surrey have adopted AMECA as their chosen charity of the year. Alex would be so proud to know that his former school continues to support the charity; we look forward to some exciting events being planned at the school, especially to the Walking the Himalayas lecture in January 2016. Our gratitude to all the staff and pupils at Churchill House.

We also would like to acknowledge the charity committee of Croydon University Hospital for their enduring support for AMECA over several years. We are so very grateful to consultant surgeon Stella Vig, for her humanity and her enthusiasm; we also thank all of the junior doctors involved at the hospital, who have raised a considerable sum of money for the charity.



We also wish to acknowledge and thank Headley Financial Services in Alton, Hampshire, who raised over £11,500 for AMECA by walking a mere 70 miles from The Bank of England to Alton!! We are indebted to you all for your blisters and your lunacy.

There are so very many who support us; we owe you a huge debt of gratitude.

The AMECA Trust,
Registered Charity No. 1121240
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