We believe that palliative care is a human right and we strive to provide access to high quality palliative care for as many people as we can. We do this by running outreach clinics in outlying areas, educating within the healthcare profession to increase understanding and the quality of the provision of palliative care, and also, advocating nationally and internationally for wider and better care.
We strive to make quality palliative care available to as many people as we can. In addition to our daily clinics at our own site in Salima, and our weekly visits to the local district hospital, we also run monthly outreach clinics. Currently we are working with Ministry of Health clinics in Kombedza, Chipoka and Michoka. We also assist the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) in introducing and delivering palliative care at the Baptist Clinic in Senga Bay, and St Anne’s Hospital and Alinafe Hospital in Nkotakota District.
Between 2010 and 2011, Ndi Moyo, in collaboration with an international charity, trained 80 nurses and clinical officers and 215 community volunteers. Our hope is that such training will increase the provision of quality palliative care throughout Malawi. Lucy Finch also lectures in palliative care to visiting medical students from Blantyre University. Ndi Moyo’s registered nurse, Linly Chitete, and clinical officer, Christopher Mindiera, are both due to finish BSc degrees in palliative care.
Ndi Moyo welcomes volunteers and the exchange of medical expertise, particularly in oncology and palliative care.
There is no provision for palliative care in Malawi, although the government acknowledges the need in a country where an estimated 1,000,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS (2012) and there is little to no access to curative cancer treatments. Ndi Moyo advocates for palliative care for all people, particularly our patients in Malawi living in one of the world’s least developed, most populated countries with one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world. We engage with politicians, local government hospitals and clinics, health professionals and medical teaching universities to promote the provision of excellent holistic palliative care.
We also seek to publicise palliative care provision to people suffering in Salima district, and other districts of Malawi.