Hospital patients in Malawi are set to benefit thanks to a collaboration between local charity F.R.O.M. Scotland (Famine Relief for Orphans in Malawi) and NHS Grampian.
Over 180 old hospital beds have been donated to the charity by NHS Grampian, and the first consignment of 65 were loaded into shipping containers by volunteers from the charity on Friday (July 18) to be sent to Chikwawa District Hospital in the south of Malawi, where medical supplies are constantly in short supply.
In fact as FROM Scotland Chairman Lewis Taylor told the Herald, some wards in Malawian hospitals have no beds at all and patients are treated lying on the floor, with the luckier ones having perhaps a mattress.
Along with the beds, FROM Scotland has also received a lot of other surplus medical equipment, including walking frames, crutches and two x-ray machines donated by the Rowett Institute.
Karen Campbell-Grey of NHS Grampian said: “We are delighted to help in this practical way.
“The beds they have are an older style, operated by a foot pump to raise and lower the bed, and these have been replaced with electronic models for NHS Grampian patients.
“It’s great to be able to re-cycle them in a way which directly supports healthcare in Malawi.
“This is the largest project we have been involved in with FROM Scotland. Usually our recycling items would fill a car, these beds will fill four shipping containers, each 40 feet long!”
Dr Tracy Morse, who is originally from Pitcaple, and is Health Initiative Project Manager on behalf of Strathclyde University in Malawi, has said that the District Health Officer and the Government Health Minister are “over the moon” that FROM Scotland was able to donate so many hospital beds into a poor region of the country where they are desperately needed.
For details on the charity’s work visit www.fromscotland.org.uk/