Since 1990, Sue Ryder works in partnership with the Sue Ryder Foundation in Malawi (SRFIM). SRFIM provides community-based healthcare to people with chronic conditions, especially those with epilepsy and asthma, and disabled people, often with cerebral palsy. The health programme also includes some work on malaria prevention and TB diagnosis. Over 6,500 people a year in Balaka and Ntcheu Districts directly benefit from the care SRFIM provides, many of whom are children. Many are out of reach of government health services or the help offered by other international or national organisations, so SRFIM fills a critical gap in service.
Our care is provided in partnership with the local community, involving patient’s families, community leaders and local volunteers. Core areas of SRFIM’s work include conducting mobile health clinics across rural areas of Balaka and Ntcheu Districts and running a rehabilitation programme for people with disabilities, through physiotherapy at home and at our rehabilitation centre in Balaka. Sue Ryder’s work involves around 500 community-elected volunteers that significantly help us to identify and reach those in need, to monitor their progress and use of prescription drugs or mobility equipment, to assist during outreach clinics and to raise awareness of health issues in the community.
However, we know that we are still only scratching the surface. Our ultimate vision is that, one day, the Government of Malawi adequately addresses these chronic conditions in its healthcare system and is able to fulfil its responsibility of ensuring the most vulnerable Malawians living in isolated, rural areas can access the healthcare they need. Sue Ryder works in close partnership with District Health Officers, FEDOMA and the Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly.
SRFIM played a leading role in establishing Malawi’s National Steering Committee on Epilepsy, whose primary purpose is to provide overall guidance and direction for promoting the rights of people with epilepsy in Malawi, driving forward lasting social change. Its members also use their influence to create dialogue between individuals, civil society and government. In 2009, Sue Ryder collaborated with FEDOMA to launch a national programme to empower people with epilepsy and enable them to play a role in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities across Malawi.
To see the work for yourself please visit http://www.sueryder.org/What-we-do/International-work
Current and previous donors include: Scottish Development Programme, DfID, Irish Aid, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, Czech Aid, Polish Aid, USAID, Japan Overseas Aid, and various other trusts, donors and volunteers (in Scotland and abroad).
Sue Ryder also runs a child sponsorship programme in Malawi, with 100% of donations going directly to assisting children that would otherwise go without any kind of medical care for their conditions. More information on this can be found at http://www.sueryder.org/What-we-do/International-work/Malawi/Sponsor-a-child-in-Malawi