Posts Tagged With: MSF

MSF Rural Health Workers in Thyolo [VIDEO]

Every quarter, the HRTWG (Human Resources Technical Working Group) meets to discuss HR related topics in the healthcare sector of Malawi. It’s usually hosted by the Ministry of Health with many stakeholders (donors, NGOs, development agencies, training institutions) represented.

At the most recent meeting, the 1 Million Community Health Workers campaign  gave an excellent presentation on their goal (“To train 1 million community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2015”) and methods to achieve it. The presentation given by Heather from Columbia University was very slick and polished. We are in very early stages of working together to learn from what’s happening in Burkina Faso and Senegal, whom are also implementing iHRIS and part of 1mCHW. Specifically, how the Ministry of Health in each country can effectively monitor and evaluate all health workers in their country. Including those employed by NGOs and private institutions and are therefore not on the MoH’s payroll.

Over 80% of the Malawi population live in rural areas (source). So the need for health workers there is extremely significant. This is compounded by difficult working conditions which discourage health workers to stay there to server their local communities. Especially once they are qualified and have the opportunity to get a better paid job in an urban area.

Then MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders) showcased a moving short video on their work in Thyolo, a southern district in Malawi. We currently have 3 VSO volunteers in Thyolo, including Mariam (part of my October 2012 batch) who is teaching midwifery. I kept looking for Mariam in the background but she didn’t make the cut! So no guest appearance from her unfortunately.

Wanted: Rural Health Workers by MSF

Wanted: Rural Health Workers

Wanted: Rural Health Workers

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Official Launch! (SU)

Hello / Moni!

Welcome to My blog of everything to do with volunteering in Malawi.

In late October this year, I am heading to Malawi for 2 years to work as a Volunteer IT Advisor to the Ministry of Health. I will be part of a team implementing a much needed patient/HR management system, recommended by the WHO (World Health Organisation). As you can imagine, healthcare there is incomparable to the standards of the UK, where we have the much maligned NHS. (More on the NHS in later posts.) So this project aims to dramatically increase the MoH’s patient capacity by having an efficient and effective record management system in place. This will allow the very few doctors, nurses and midwives there to carry on their invaluable work to the best of their abilities and resources.

My friends who have known me for a while may know that I have long been a fan and supporter of MSF (Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders). Much of this originate from my fanaticism of the American TV drama ER. Fewer friends will know that I was more recently inspired by MSF’s Dr Chris Bird, who proves that it’s never too late to change and make a difference. His story is very interesting and extremely inspiring. I highly recommend a read of his Bird in the bush blog about his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Future posts will be less formal and hopefully more fun! For now, without further ado, I am officially launching
Operation VSO Malawi 2012.

Beginning with this blog post and actually tell all my friends I’m leaving! I’d also like to involve them as much as possible because I know I will be relying on them for my own support and to promote this cause.

Your fellow humans need you!

Please take 2 minutes and visit my fundraising page which explains why all placed VSO volunteers need to fund raise. You may be extra interested to find “The fun bit / Kickstarter” section if you need your house or car cleaned (don’t we all???) 🙂

Any donation, large or small, is sincerely appreciated and will make a difference to lots of people less fortunate than ourselves. All slacktivism or clicktivism efforts are also appreciated. Please share away on any social network!

Thank you / Zikomo!

P.S. The SU is for all you PRINCE2 practitioners out there. Geek joke. Sorry!

Herman Fung's fundraising page for VSO Malawi 20120728

Categories: Malawi, Travel, Volunteering, VSO, Work | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

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