Plans for the future
We have four priorities over the next three years, as laid out in our strategic plan.
- Leadership and excellence in palliative care services
- Building strategic partnerships
Excellence in palliative care
We will continue to develop our services to ensure as many people as possible have access to our care across Salima District. This will include expanding our outreach service to five government or NGO health clinics and developing a mentoring service for health professionals with an interest in palliative care.
A major project for 2014 will be to build a new clinic. We have outgrown our existing building which can’t easily accommodate all our patients or the medical volunteers that come to help. Land adjacent to Ndi Moyo’s existing centre has been bought and a new clinic with space for six examination rooms is being built this year. This will mean better facilities for patients, and will give us enough space to enable health professionals from other parts of Malawi to have placements with Ndi Moyo to develop their palliative care knowledge and experience
We also have plans to develop paediatric care in Ndi Moyo and to support the development of paediatric care in our two nearest hospital – Salima District Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital.
Ndi Moyo is beginning its journey from being an organisation led by its founders, Lucy and Tony Finch, to a charity which is driven forward by Malawian staff and an active Malawian trustee board.
Over the next year our immediate priorities are to continue this transition with the support of our Clinical and Operational Director volunteers. They are working closely with our 17-strong staff team to build their skills and knowledge, and to strengthen the organisation’s operational procedures and governance.
We are also seeking to broaden Ndi Moyo’s fundraising base within Malawi and elsewhere to ensure the charity can be sustainable over the long term.
A key part of Ndi Moyo’s mission is to use its experience of providing holistic palliative care services to inspire change across the Malawian health system.
In the coming three years, Ndi Moyo will continue to work closely with a national network of palliative care organisations to advocate for the national availability of liquid morphine and other essential drugs used in palliative care.
We will also raise awareness of palliative care at both a national, district and traditional authority level, based on the passionate vision and depth of experience gained by Ndi Moyo’s founder, Lucy Finch.
Ndi Moyo’s final strategic goal is to build partnerships with key palliative care organisations to enable us to continue to be a beacon of excellence and a national training centre for healthcare professionals across Malawi.
This will include developing training links with the Ministry of Health, contributing to national policy on palliative care and pain management, and continuing our links with international research and best practicw.
Our plans include a new clinic and an extended medicinal garden. We have already built a borehole which will provide the vital water supply for the garden, and a back up supply for the clinic.