Lincolnshire nurses aiming to return to help children in Malawi
Two Lincolnshire nurses are to return to one of the poorest countries in the world to do voluntary work with vulnerable and sick people.
Amanda Jackson, head of children’s nursing at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Foundation Trust, and neonatal community nurse Clare South are planning to return to Malawi In October.
They travelled to the African country last May and vowed to return after witnessing first-hand the extreme poverty the local people have to face on a day-to-day basis.
They are now in the process of trying to raise the £3,000 they need to cover the cost of the trip, which is organised by the charity Impact Africa. Various fundraising events are planned including a sponsored bike ride.
Ms Jackson said: “We had an amazing experience in Malawi last May and we came back wanting to return as we were so touched and moved by the people we came across in the healthcare settings we volunteered in.”
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and although people were entitled to free health care the system is extremely basic.
Ms Jackson said: “Many people walked miles to see a doctor and it was expected that relatives would to stay in hospital with their sick loved ones to provide care to them.
“Nursing numbers were low and wards in the hospital were always over-occupied. Equipment we take for granted in the UK was lacking and basics like oxygen therapy were sometimes not available.”
She said even paracetamol was in short supply and they found themselves using their own first aid kits to treat local people.
She added: “Our skills will once again be put to good use as we will be involved in running wound clinics and health promotion sessions educating people about HIV prevention.
“Our experience last year left us with everlasting memories, both good and bad, and we are keen to return this year to volunteer our skills and expertise in helping others less fortunate than ourselves.”
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