As part of its emergency appeal, the Malawi Orthopaedic Association (MOA) conducted needs assessments for many affected district hospitals in the southern part of the country. The main hospital in Blantyre, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), had a severe shortage of basic supplies to treat the increasing number of patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Resource mobilization from various donors, including the AO Alliance (AOA), raised $10,000. The funds were used to purchase plaster of Paris for casts, bandages, and intravenous fluids to resuscitate patients.
The AO Alliance’s Medical Director for Africa, Dr Jim Harrison, traveled to Blantyre to assist with the enormous surgical workload of fractures requiring surgical fixation. A volunteer team of trauma and orthopedic surgeons and orthopedic clinical officers was deployed. Drs Cornelius Mukuzunga and Leonard Banza traveled from Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe to assist Drs Nohakhelha Nyamulani and Chiku Mpanga at QECH. Lieutenant Colonel Dr Gladys Ngondo, from the Kamuzu Barracks Hospital, and Prof. Nyengo Mkandawire, a retired surgeon, also joined the MOA relief team.
Thanks to the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, the shortage of surgical implants and surgical equipment was never an issue. The material was donated as part of the Long Bone Fracture Program in Malawi, implemented since 2022.
In addition to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, seven district hospitals received donated supplies. Through a coordinated effort supported by many stakeholders and the Malawi Ministry of Health, significant musculoskeletal disabilities were averted. The MOA and AOA response reached more than 1,000 injured patients by providing orthopedic care and supplies. Surgical care for 46 cases was provided over a weekend of intense work at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
See the story on their website. MOA/AO Alliance Responds to Cyclone Freddy with Medical Supplies and Human Capacity ”“ Malawi Orthopaedic Association