Helen Crosby, contest winner 2017 and Samantha McLaughlin, contest winner 2018, 2 of the over 46 high school students who have travelled with us since 2012. Next Annual medical trip will be April 2019
Annual Medical Mission Trip:
Working closely with our Malawian partners, we help provide medical care at St. Andrews Hospital (a small 80 bed rural semi-private facility) and Kasungu District Hospital (a large 350 bed urban government facility). We also participate in rural outreach clinics where we see an average of 400 people, sending the most ill to the hospital. We also make housecalls to some of the poorest and most infirm, including patients debilitated with AIDS related problems, in isolated villages. (see trip report in “NEWS” section).
- Medical Supplies and Equipment Donations to St. Andrews Hospital:
The medical systems in Malawi are terribly under-resourced and in desperate need of medical supplies and equipment. In order to help, we at BTM procur as much needed materiaI as possible, including syringes, needles, medications, instruments, and dressings and bring it with us when we travel to Malawi. We also bring eyeglasses donated to us by the Stow, MA Lions Club. In addition, we have purchased a $10,000 ultrasound machine and donated it to St. Andrews Hospital. We also arranged for the donation of a Rice University invented aquarium pump based bubble CPAP machine called the PUMANI to St. Andrews. This device is designed to help premature newborns survive until their underdeveloped lungs have time to mature.
- Healthcare Student International Experience:
We also help train nursing students by providing them the rare opportunity to experience resource poor Third World medical practice as part of our medical mission trip. Two US 4th year medical students have participated in our mission trips in the past as well.
- 7 Medical Mission Trips since 2012
- Over $ 25,000 in Medications, Medical Equipment (including an ultrasound machine), and Medical Supplies donated to St. Andrews Hospital, K2 TASO, and Kasungu District Hospital
- Over 40 High School Students have travelled with us to Malawi as part of a BTM trip
- A Bubble CPAP Machine (Pumani) to help keep premature newborns alive until their lungs have developed properly to ensure survival without help was donated to St. Andrews Hospital through our efforts. Over 100 neonates saved
- As part of our 2012 medical mission trip, we provide desperately needed life saving medical supplies, medications, and equipment (such as an aquarium pump bubble CPAP machine to save premature babies and an ultrasound machine). These are donated to the hospitals where we work as well as to K2TASO, our Malawian NGO partner, which provides support and medication for the HIV positive population of the Kasungu area where we work.