We had a team of eight on this medical mission trip to Malawi – seven medical and dental personnel and one high school student – but our small group made big things happen! We spent six days in clinic during our trip and treated and educated more than 1,200 people.
We saw a wide range of illnesses, including a six-month-old baby in respiratory distress. We were able to offer treatment, then transfer her to a local clinic for further care. One of our team members works in a pediatric hospital and stayed with our tiny patient the whole way to the clinic to ensure she made it safely.
Midway through our trip we ran out of over-the-counter medications, including ibuprofen and acetaminophen. We were able to connect with a local children’s hospital and the medical director replenished our supply, as well as provided us with a tour of the hospital.
Our last day in clinic we were overwhelmed with sick children. After having no one test positive for malaria all week, we had more than 30 tests come back positive. That kept all areas of the busy, from diagnosis to prescription to pharmacy.
“A little piece of my heart will forever be in Africa. What an amazing and life changing experience this was! To be with a team who quickly became like family, to go and make a difference to communities that have very little will be a memory I will forever hold close to my heart.” Jessica, RN, Team Malawi Volunteer