One5 joins with the United Methodist Church to build in Malawi
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ted Draper, Director of Global Marketing (913) 387-0671
Building partnerships in Blantyre One5 joins with the United Methodist Church to build in Malawi
LEAWOOD, Kan. (November 13, 2012) – One5 has reached an agreement with the Malawi United Methodist Church (MUMC) to build a healthcare facility in Blantyre, Malawi.
The relationship between One5 and the MUMC started with a simple introduction from The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan. “We were happy to help make the connection between One5 and the Malawi United Methodist Church because we have great respect for both organizations and know how great the need is for sustainable medical assistance for the people of Malawi.” Rev. Cayce Stapp, Resurrection’s Pastor for Beyond Kansas City Missions.
There are only two doctors per 100,000 people in Malawi. With only a handful of medical facilities in Blantyre, the need for more facilities and training is paramount. For more than ten years, the leaders of the MUMC have desired to build a clinic to serve their community. “We have been praying for something like this since 1999,” said Revered Daniel Mhone, superintendent of MUMC, Malawi. “We are all overwhelmed how God will use this partnership to serve the people in Blantyre.”
Although the clinic will be built in Blantyre city proper, population 700,000, it will be accessible to the surrounding regional population of more than 6 million people. “This is an exciting time for One5,” said Dan Tasset, Chairman of One5. “I am thankful we can combine our goals of building sustainable healthcare facilities in developing nations while helping fulfill a local partner’s need.” Groundbreaking on the new facility will begin in March 2013 and construction will take approximately 12 to 16 months. This is the second project for One5 in Malawi; the first clinic is operating in Salima.
The clinic will provide basic and secondary healthcare to the community of Blantyre and beyond. “Service to the community will begin as a clinic, and then we will expand and build a hospital,” Glenn Alexander, executive director of One5 commented. One5 will not only help build the facility, but it will also help train the local staff and equip the clinic so it can serve the patients in the community.
There are plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in the project. Healthcare professionals are needed for volunteer rotations and to teach local nurses and physicians best practices as well as surgical specialty rotation once the hospital is complete. One5 is accepting donations to not only help build and equip the clinic, but to provide immunizations and mosquito nets for local residents.
Partnering with the MUMC allows One5 to fulfill its mission of creating sustainable healthcare facilities to enrich lives in the developing world. MUMC has been active in Malawi for more than 100 years, and will bring to the partnership relationships to run the clinic.
About Blantyre, Malawi While Lilongwe is the capital of Malawi, Blantyre is the largest city in Malawi and is located in southern Malawi. The population in Blantyre city is approximately 700,000 and there are more than 6 million people in the surrounding areas. Blantyre is also the central headquarters for the MUMC and is considered the commercial capital of Malawi.
About Malawi United Methodist Church The United Methodist Church in Blantyre, Malawi seeks to build medical clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and mobile clinics to holistically serve the people of Malawi by reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS and reducing malaria.
About One5 One5 builds hope on a foundation of health—one child at a time—in the developing world. Combining trusted national partners with international resources, One5 enriches the lives of children and women by providing access to sustainable healthcare. Learn more at www.one5.org
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