In conjunction with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow the Caring City and the Lord Provost of Glasgow Burns Supper appeal, WER provided funding to enable the construction of the new Livingstone Memorial Maternity Hospital and Training Centre in Lilongwe.
The facility includes a suite of four prenatal care rooms, four labour wards and a maternity ward providing modern care to the local community as well as meeting the urgent need for a facility to provide hands on midwifery experience to nurses during training at the nearby Kamuzu Nursing College.
This work was co-ordinated by Professor Alan McGown of Strathclyde and Kamuzu College of Nursing, Malawi
WER and the Lord Provost of Glasgow's office provided the funding for construction. Glasgow the Caring City co-ordinatied a team of volunteers including 20 firemen from Strathclyde Regional Fire Authority. This volunteer team provided expertise on the finishing including plumbing, electrics and the fitting out of the hospital, as well as training local workers.
WER and Glasgow the Caring City also provided construction materials and hospital equipment to complete the project.
Specialist nursing and midwifery training and hospital management oversight is provided by Bell College, Scotland, who work extensively in Malawi giving health training to the Malawi Health Authority.
The first patients were received into the Livingstone Memorial Maternity Clinic in August 2006.
Since 2003, WER and Glasgow the Caring City have shipped over £2 million value of development supplies to Malawi including school equipment, computers and equipment and clothing for Lilongwe Fire Authority.
WER prides itself in working with local partners and assisting them to fulfil their hopes and aspirations.
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