Orant Charities operates a permanent rural health center on our 7-acre campus. In 2017 we are seeing an average of 4,100 patients a month for a variety of ailments, by far the most common of which is malaria. More than half of our patients are under five and the vast majority of our patients are unable to access any other healthcare due to the crushing poverty in our service area and lack of government care.
Healthcare in Malawi is woefully inadequate. Under-funding and under-staffing often makes basic care unavailable to most Malawians. Conditions in hospitals are often unsanitary and they regularly run out of basic medicines like malaria treatments.
Our rural health center fills the gap. We employ an excellent team of highly trained Malawian staff that includes two clinical officers, five nurses and eight patient care attendants. Our fully stocked modern pharmacy provides some of the only access to high quality medicine for miles around. We are also delivering as many as 30 babies a month in our recently opened maternity ward and providing pre-natal care for almost 100 mothers at any given time. Our ambulance enables us to transport serious cases to higher levels of care, creating a critical lifeline to healthcare for thousands of people.
Additionally, we conduct outreach clinics to villages in our service area so that people without means of transportation still have access to medical care. We have seen more than 2,000 people this year through these clinics.
Causes of Death for children under 5 years old
We partner with the Malawian Ministry of Health and other charities and NGOs to deliver comprehensive specialized care to our patients. Some of the services we provide:
HIV/AIDS Testing, Counseling and Management
Weekly Cervical Cancer Screening
Monthly Ophthalmology Clinics
Twice Weekly Prenatal Clinics
Malnutrition Monitoring and Treatment