Malawi medical outreaches 2017

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Petro Yasita used to be completely blind and received cataract surgery. He is the headman (chief) of 12 small villages. His smile speaks for itself…

We are so thankful to report that we just finished two successful medical outreaches in Malawi. Herewith just some brief feedback; The Doctors For Life International (DFL) teams camped at both places and each area offered its own challenges. The first outreach was near Mangochi (at the southern tip of lake Malawi). At first it was a challenge getting enough patients but the local tribal chiefs were very supportive and even brought patients to us! In total we saw about 725 eye patients. We did about 34 eye surgeries (cataract, trachoma and even cancer removals), treated 220 with eye drops and 267 received free reading and distance eye glasses. Dr Theunis Botha was the eye specialist and Miss Sandra Grunewald the ophthalmic nurse. Mrs Angelika Bohmer was the general nurse and microbiologist Mr Pieter Bos assisted with sterilization. Local Malawi medical staff also assisted. The school grounds where the team had to camp were especially open for health education sessions. Hundreds of children surrounded our campsite! The second area where we worked was more to the south in the Phalombe district, Mambala, on the eastern border of Malawi and Mozambique.

We worked there last year as well. The local Member of Parliament, the honourable MP Dennis Phiri gives us his full support in this remote and needy area. Dr Bruce Philips was the eye specialist and he was joined by his wife Nikki who assists him in his private practice. Miss Grunewald stayed on for the 2nd outreach as well, working with Dr Philips in the theatre. A total of 38 surgeries were performed under challenging conditions. Mr Bekanese, a Malawian ophthalmic technician also assisted at times. It was very hot and the temperature outside reached 40 degrees Celcius at times.

 

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We mostly did cataract surgery at the second place but in addition to the eye work the second team was also joined by dentist Dr Herbert de Graaf who pulled 345 teeth in one week! He also screened about 317dental patients. On the final evening the dental team worked until 11pm and even Dr Philips helped some dental patients with sutures after he was finished with the eye operations. About 200 patients received eye glasses and about 100 were helped with eye drops and medication. The community was extremely thankful and open to DFL’s help in the region. The medical work also opened new doors for sharing the love of Christ in these needy regions. Devotions were held before the start of the clinics each day and was received with open arms. Many children also attended the meetings at the schools where the teams camped. Lastly, we are making plans to move a specially designed mobile clinic to Malawi to start our second permanent clinic (our first one was started in Zavora Mozambique back in 2003). We plan to use the mobile clinic in Malawi, a large 4 ton unit pulled by a truck that was donated by medical Mission International, until we obtain sufficient funds to construct a building there also. We have been allocated land in a remote area called Chikuluma, near the Lewonde National Park. Our first step is to register DFL in Malawi and the process is underway. We are not sure how long this will take but we hope it won’t take too long!

Thank you to all who joined hands with us with on this Malawi medical outreach. Your contribution made a huge difference to the lives of the many people who can see again and the positive influence it has on whole communities.

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2016 Annual Report

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Introduction:

By Gods grace thousands of lives in Southern Africa were impacted during this past year. We are sincerely thankful for the privilege to play our small role in this. Free medical examinations and treatment, dental care, pre-and post natal care, vaccinations, optometry and eye care is just some of the basic, yet often life saving services provided free of charge. The eye surgery program has become one of our main focus areas with the medical services we offer. The focus here is preventable blindness for example cataract and trachoma surgery. Through this program, we were able to assist many blind people to see again. These individuals’ lives are changed in a dramatic way because of this. By curing blindness through surgery people can do basic things like, cooking, eating, walking, planting, washing, reading and driving again. They are also being able to work again, teach and live productive lives in their communities while making meaningful contributions to the society.

We would therefore like to thank you for your assistance, whether financially or through prayer, during past year. We could help so many that were needy. Your contributions enabled us to render a quality medical service to the under-privileged in remote regions. It is with much appreciation that we send you this 2016 Annual report for the Medical Outreach Program (section I) and the Sihane Clinic and Maternity Ward in Zavora, Mozambique (section II). With thankfulness, Johan Claassen

 

Medical Outreach Program

Medical Accomplishments

By Gods grace Doctors For Life International (DFL) could reach out to 3 Southern African countries this year: Botswana, Malawi and Mozambique. In Botswana and Malawi the focus was primarily on cataract and trachoma eye surgery. We also assisted a large number of people with eye glasses in Malawi. In Mozambique however, general medical care and eye glasses only was provided in about 3 remote and rural areas north of our Sihane clinic, that we used as a base. The areas were:

  1. Molepolole/Mahalapye in Botswana
  2. Chikuluma, Phalombe in Malawi
  3. Mambala, Mbonchera in Malawi
  4. Three (3) Small Districts in Inhambane province (Ligogo, Cumbana and Muvamba) in Mozambique

During the above missions DFL had the following achievements: * 378 surgical procedures of which 339 were cataract and 14 trachoma. This excludes approximately 100 extra sponsored cataract surgeries that would bring the total to 478 * 744 patients received prescription eye-glasses (dark, distance and reading) (This was 698 in 2015) * 1154 eye and general examinations. This excludes the 1000s that were screened in Botswana prior to the mission there. (1064+ in 2015) * 60 dental patients (474 in 2015)

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Construction, maintenance and general improvements

A number of improvements and changes have been made at the DFL clinic and property during the past year. Most of these were sponsored by friends and family members of our fulltime medical staff working at the Sihane clinic. They came to volunteer their time and did most of the work themselves for which we are thankful. Some of these included:

  1. Two new car ports were added to protect equipment and vehicles from the blistering heat of the sun.
  2. Improved accommodation, concrete steps, electricity and security.
  3. Some paintwork were done at the clinic.
  4. Improved, repainted and changed workshop area.
  5. Improved medical storage area.
  6. Erected fence around whole clinic and property.
  7. Improved fruit and vegetable garden to grow food for staff.
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We examined and treated about 21486 patients at our Zavora clinic during 2016. The quaterly reports showed: 1st quarter = 5748 patients 2nd quarter = 5962 patients 3rd quarter = 5405 patients 4th quarter = 4371 patients This is comparable to the amount of patients (21752) we had in 2015. During 2014 we saw 18229 and 12916 during 2013. Malaria positive cases remains to be high and the higest since the opening of the clinic. Diarrhoea is much lower due to the fact that these do not include diarrhoea caused by malaria or other diseases. In the past the diarrhoea would include these.

6008 Malaria cases (5597 in 2015, 4076 in 2014 and 5468 in 2013)
1st semester = 1446
2nd semester = 1796
3rd semester = 1497
4th semester = 1269

29 HIV cases – (19 in 2015, 67 in 2014, 68 in 2013)
1st semester = 5
2nd semester = 11
3rd semester = 8
4th semester = 5

245 Diarrhoea cases – (632 in 2015, 523 in 2014, 306 in 2013)
1st semester = 31
2nd semester = 82
3d semester = 73
4th semester = 59

3115 Vaccinations
1st – – – – –
2nd 891
3d 1113
4th 1111

Approximately 300 Eye Glasses
1st semester = —–
2nd semester = —–
3d semester = 150
4th semester = 100

3049 Wound care (1165 in 2015, 669 in 2014)
1st semester = 696
2nd semester = 836
3d semester = 838
4th semester = 679

There was also an increase in live births.

263 Babies were delivered compared to 241 in 2015, 231 in 2014, and 208 in 2013.
1st semester = 93
2nd semester = 57
3d semester = 71
4th semester =

42 MMI has basically sponsored the safe births of approximately

1282 babies since the official opening of the maternity ward in 2009.

 

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2015 Annual Report

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Introduction:

It is with much appreciation that we send you this 2015 Annual report for the Medical Outreach Program (section I) and the DFL Sihane Clinic and Maternity Ward in Zavora, Mozambique (section II). With your assistance we were able to reach many lives in Southern Africa during this time. We are sincerely thankful to be able to play our small role in this. General medical examinations and internal medicine, dental care, free medication and treatment, pre-and post natal care, vaccinations, optometry and eye care is just some of the basic, yet often life saving services also provided free of charge. The eye surgery program has become a major part of our medical services. We were able to assist many blind people to see again.

These individuals’ lives are changed because of this. From basic things like, cooking, eating, walking, planting, washing to being able to work again, drive, read, teach and once again live productive in their communities. We would therefore like to thank you for partnering with us in the past year to help so many that are needy. With the assistance of Hartman, we were able to use quality medical products to assist the under-previlaged in rural and remote regions.

Johan Claassen Date: 2016-01-20 Mobile: +27 (0) 83 458 2949 Email: [email protected]

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Medical Outreach Program

Medical Accomplishments

3 Areas remote and needy areas were reached with the main focus on eye surgery. At the fourth area we focused only on eye glasses.

  1. Inhambane in Mozambique
  2. Mauzi, Phalombe in Malawi
  3. Namandanje, Mbonchera in Malawi
  4. Sihane, Zavora in Mozambique

During these missions the following accomplishments were made: 162 surgical procedures of which most were cataract surgery on blind people. 3 surgeries to remove eye cancer. 698 patients received prescription eye glasses 212 internal medicine examinations (General practitioner examinations) 1064+ eye examinations. 200+ indirect eye examinations through the surgery in Inhambane We did not received those stats from the government 474 dental Patients 595 Teeth Extractions

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Medical Accomplishments

We examined and treated about 21 752 patients at our Zavora clinic during 2015. This is a new record compared to only 18229 during 2014 and 12916 during 2013. Part of the increase is the huge number of malaria cases we saw. The Mozambique government calls it a malaria pandemic. Basically most (except HIV/AIDS) number of conditions increased. 5597 were Malaria cases – (4076 in 2014, 5468 in 2013) 19 HIV cases – (67 in 2014, 68 in 2013) 632 Diarrhoea cases – (523 in 2014, 306 in 2013) 1165 Wound care (669 in 2014) There was also an increase in live births. 241 Babies were delivered compared to 231 in 2014, and 208 in 2013. Over the past few years since the clinic was constructed by SODA. We have passed the “one thousand” mark!

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Aid to Africa: 2013-2014 Report

Introduction: It is with much appreciation that we take a look at the reports since January 2013 to the present for the Medical Outreach Program of Doctors For Life (DFL) called Aid to Africa. Both our mobile or short term medical missions (A), as well as the DFL Sihane Clinic and Maternity Ward in Zavora, Mozambique (B) fall under this program. With the assistance of many, we were able to impact thousands of lives in needy and often extremely isolated areas in Southern Africa. General medical examinations, dental care, free medication and treatment, pre-and post natal care, vaccinations and eye care are just some of the basic, yet often life saving services provided free of charge. Thank you very much to everybody who contributed thus far. We look forward to working together with you in the coming years. Johan Claassen (Project Co-ordinator)

A: Mobile and short term Outreaches

Medical Accomplishments for 2014 so far 4 needy areas were identified and reached with the main focus on eye surgery: 2 in Malawi, Mbonchera and Nombazo 1 in Mozambique, Inhambane 1 in Botswana, Maun 423 surgical procedures of which most were cataract surgeries on blind people. 600 approximate prescription eye glasses Thousands of people were screened and treated in various surrounding communities during these campaigns Medical Accomplishments for 2013 7 remote and needy areas were reached with the main focus on eye surgery: 2 in Malawi, Tekheranie and Kasinje 2 in Zambia, Mbanga and Mitete 2 in Angola, Mucusso and Calai 1 in South Africa, Kingscliffe 248 surgical procedures of which most were cataract surgery on blind people. 211 dental procedures 742+ prescription eye glasses (actually approximately 800 ) 2671 internal medicine examinations (General practitioner examinations) 1438 + eye examinations in total 4474 total patients were treated and examined

B: DFL Sihane Clinic and Maternity Ward, Zavora, Mozambique

Medical Accomplishments We examined and treated approximately 12 916 patients at our Zavora clinic, of which: 5468 were Malaria cases 68 HIV 21 other STI’s 306 Diarrhoea 208 babies were delivered during 2013 670 deliveries over the past few years since the maternity ward opened  
Year Live births Birth deaths Transfers to hospitals Total deliveries
2009 31 1 6 32
2010 107 0 13 107
2011 120 0 22 120
2012 199 3 16 202
2013 201 4 21 208
TOTAL 661 8 78 670
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DFL is attending the SAMA conference

IMG_3948_editIMG_3953Doctors For Life is attending the 2011 South African Medical Association conference at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference starts on Thursday 15 until Saturday 17 September. Members, friends and interested parties can visit our stand in the exhibition hall.]]>