Malawi Graduates raise money in the Vitality Big Half in London
Medic to Medic are so excited that Fanuel, Eustina and Merai are running the Vitality Half Marathon in London 2021 to raise funds for students in need training in Malawi.
These are their stories:
"Hi! My name is Fanuel from Malawi, and currently a Master’s student in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy at the University College London, United Kingdom.
I am excited to fundraise for Medic to Medic (M2M) by running for it in the Vitality Big Half 2021 on 22 August 2021. M2M is a charity organisation from which I have benefited myself. The charity supports the training of health students in Africa who are at risk of dropping out from their courses due to financial difficulties or family background. My undergraduate physiotherapy studies at the University of Malawi, College of Medicine, were sponsored by M2M. Specifically, it paid for my school fees to complete my studies, as well as provided me with learning equipment such as laptop computer, books, and physiotherapy toolkit. This Vitality Big Half 2021 is my opportunity to give something back!
But M2M depends on the monetary contributions of potential donors like you. I, therefore, encourage you to donate to M2M with any amount you can afford.
Your donation will enable M2M sponsor the undergraduate studies of resource-underprivileged health students in Africa, thereby also strengthening Africa’s health systems."
"I got sponsored by Medic to Medic during my medical school years in Malawi. It contributed to my success and made my training bearable through paying my school fees and providing resources needed for my training. I would like to help other students to attain their goal. And will be part of the team to raise funds through the Vitality Half Marathon!!"
"My name is Merai. I graduated from Malawi College of Medicine in 2012. I am currently doing my internal medicine training in Norfolk, UK. I am excited to be running in the Vitality Big Half Marathon to raise funds for needy healthcare students through Medic to Medic. Although I was not sponsored by M2M myself, I was a beneficiary of a scholarship program that took me through medical school. Any amount of contribution will go a long way in supporting a health care student in need."
Thank you very much for your kind support!
Student Book Shop
Yohane is studying MBBS. Here he is learning medical microbiology in the university library.
Medic to Medic provides all our community of students medical textbooks to take pressure off library resources where demand often exceeds supply. There is just one medical book shop in Blantyre but books are expensive to purchase and beyond that of a student budget.
Later in 2021 we hope to set up a second hand medical book shop so all students in training have access to purchasing the medical resources they require at affordable prices.
Locally trained health workers are important.
Dorcas studies #ClinicalMedicine at the Malawi College of Health Sciences. She states:
"Here I am with my fellows at Rumphi DHO. We had presentations and it was really nice! I presented on sickle cell disease and crisis."
Sickle cell disease is an inherited red blood cell disorder. Normally, red blood cells move easily through blood vessels. In sickle cell disease, the red blood cells are shaped like "sickles" or crescent moons. The sickle #mutation is common where malaria is prevalent because carriers of sickle-cell have a survival advantage against malaria.
Help us support trainee health workers in Africa with the costs of their training so that more patients have access to health workers.