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CURE Malawi Celebrates 20 years of Medical Care with New Surgical Center

Few places in southern Africa have delivered more hope and healing than Beit-CURE Children’s Hospital in Malawi (“CURE Malawi”).

Last year, CURE Malawi performed over 2,000 life-changing surgeries for children suffering from treatable disabilities. Children come to CURE with broken bones and spirits and leave with healthy bodies, smiling faces, and the hope of Christ.

The hospital recently celebrated 20 years of service to the children and nation of Malawi — 20 years of hope and healing for some of the country’s most overlooked people.

Since its founding in 2002, CURE Malawi has provided over 29,000 surgical procedures, trained 745 medical professionals, and introduced over 160,000 people to Christ through partnerships with local churches.

While CURE Malawi is pleased with its impactful history, it is preparing for an even brighter future.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s new surgical center was held on December 2, 2022, with local and national leaders in attendance, including the Minister of Health, the Honourable Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP.

The shovel used by the Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, in the groundbreaking, was the same one used in CURE Malawi hospital’s original groundbreaking in 2001.

“Deep down in my heart, thank you, CURE Malawi for what you do for the children of Malawi. These are all of our children. The ones being served here. The work being done isn’t just for the patients; it is for all of us,” said the Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP.

Elly Chemey, Executive Director, Dr. Samuel Maina, Medical Director, and the Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, visited children in the ward.

The new surgical center is part of a $4.0M+ multi-year plan to upgrade the charitable hospital’s facilities, positioning it well for the next twenty years of serving children across Malawi.

In addition to the surgical center, the hospital will expand its children’s ward and outpatient department and add a patient hostel to provide long-term recovery for patients traveling long distances for care.

CURE Malawi has also expanded its services with the addition of a full-time plastics and reconstructive surgeon who treats children suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate, and severe burns contractures.

The combined orthopedic and plastics service will also afford training opportunities for the nation’s physicians in training. CURE specialist surgeons provide training, coaching, and mentoring to young orthopedic doctors from Malawi and the region. CURE Malawi is a certified training site for COSECSA fellows.

“For two decades, Beit-CURE Hospital in Malawi has provided strategic, high-quality medical service to children who are suffering in Malawi,” said Elly Chemey, Executive Director. “We have worked alongside local stakeholders and the Ministry of Health to prepare our hospital to have an even greater impact over the next 20 years of service to God’s children. The best is yet to come!”

The Hon. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, MP, Minister of Health, addresses guests at the ceremony.

The hospital is a fixture in the city of Blantyre, with a well-earned reputation for high-quality medical care, research, and training. It was originally funded by a grant from The Beit Trust, an independent charity established by financier and philanthropist Alfred Beit in 1906.

About the Beit-CURE Children’s Hospital of Malawi

Established in 2002, Beit-CURE Children’s Hospital of Malawi is the only hospital in Sub-Saharan Africa recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Located in Blantyre, the teaching hospital comprises 58 beds, three operating theaters, and performs over 2,100 life-changing reconstructive and orthopedic surgeries each year for people suffering from treatable disabilities. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE Malawi ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their communities. The Beit Trust, a UK-based charity, provided the initial funding for this facility as a gift to the people of Malawi.

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CURE Malawi’s mission is to provide every child living with a treatable disability the physical, emotional, and spiritual care they need to heal. If you have questions about becoming a patient or a partner with CURE, please contact us.

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