Supporting Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre in its work to provide holistic care for those suffering cancers and chronic illness in Salima, Malawi, & to promote palliative care
development by teaching.
To deliver high quality, holistic Palliative Care to patients, many of whom live in rural poverty in Salima district. This type of care is still at an early stage in sub-Saharan Africa and there is great need for development where many cancer patients are diagnosed too late for surgery and there is no radiotherapy.
The Hospice aims to relieve pain and symptoms associated with chronic illness, (70% of patients are positive for HIV/AIDS) and cancers of cervix, breast, oesophagus and Kaposi sarcoma. Most are seen in the hospice, rural outreach clinics or day care but those too sick to travel are visited at home in the village by ambulance. Care is high quality but low cost, using simple medicines, oral liquid morphine and basic chemotherapy. Nutrition is important and a soothing garden demonstrates medicinal herbs and high protein plants.
Holistic care is central and great care taken to give sympathy and understanding of the patients' real needs. Adults and children are treated and there is a Vulnerable Children Programme to provide sleep mats, mosquito nets and help with education costs for those whose parents have died or cannot work. Bereaved families are visited.
Education and training are a vital part of palliative care and Ndi Moyo trains health workers at all levels, including medical students, joins in Malawi networks and links with UK hospices.
There is an ecumenical Christian ethos with a hymn and prayer starting each day, but patients of all faiths are treated.
Ndi Moyo aims to:
- To provide high quality, low cost, holistic palliative care to child and adult patients with cancers and chronic illness. many of which are related to HIV/AIDS, in and around Salima, Malawi
- To contribute to the training of health care workers in palliative care in Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa by providing courses, seminars and placements.
- To form part of the network of palliative care development in Malawi by belonging to its Palliative Care Association, taking active part in conferences and networking.
- To support Vulnerable Children, whose lives have been affected by their parents’ cancer to be able to access medical care and education.
Established: August 2005
Registered Charity Number: 1111045
Board members: 10
Full time staff: 17
Phone number: 01509880861
Address: Ndi Moyo UK, 53, Uplands Road, London N8 9NHView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website