Project information

The Children's Mobile Health Clinic, Malawi

We take medical care to where it is most needed, to vulnerable children/orphans who live in the remote villages of Malawi. In 2015 our mobile clinic treated just over 25,000 sick children. Without prompt access to antimalarials 18% of these children would have suffered long term disability or died.

It is ongoing; Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries.

Charity information

World Medical Fund for Children

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  • Need


    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world and children still die from illnesses that are easily preventable and treatable. In the remote villages of Nkhotakota district where we work it can take up to 2 days for a sick child to reach a government hospital and even then it is not guaranteed that they will receive treatment as very often the pharmacy shelves are empty. Mission hospitals are better equipped but treatment is not free.


    The WMF 4 x 4 Mobile Health Clinic, stocked with medicines, travels to carefully selected remote villages to take the desperately needed medical care to the sick children. We also believe that prevention is better than cure and deliver public health education to the local communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Save young lives by taking quality medical care to vulnerable children in Nkhotakota district Malawi


    » Our Children's Mobile Health Clinic visits remote villages to deliver medical care and support to children in dire need of medical care.

    Success will be measured by measuring the reduction in morbidity and mortality in children under the age of fifteen in our area of operation.

    Aim 2

    Reduce the high mortality rates in children aged 15 and under in Malawi.


    » Provide the hard to reach and remote villages with regular access to the mobile health clinic.
    » Provide vital public health education to the communities.

    Success will be a decrease in mortality rates.
    Success will be children finally accessing life-saving medicines.
    Success will be children no longer dying from malaria.

  • Impact


    Mobile clinics work!
    Our Children's Mobile Clinics should be the foundation stone in the delivery of primary health care in resource poor environments. We have the skilled staff on the ground but what we need are the resources to take the medical care to the hard to reach areas.


    There are no significant risks attached to this project as we have been working in this region for 17 years and are well respected by the local leaders and communities. We are using a tried and tested methodology to deliver this project.


    Every donor is different, so the first step is to ascertain the level of reporting and involvement each individual donor requires.
    We can provide detailed financial reports, detailed case studies and of course we would encourage donors to come and see us at work in Malawi.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £67,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Salaries Clinical team salaries
      £18,000 Medicines Medicines/disposables
      £11,000 Vehicle costs Insurance, fuel, etc...
      £4,000 Volunteers costs Training costs of 150 village volunteers
      £8,000 Admin/overhead Support staff, licences, office costs, internet
      £6,000 Monitoring/evaluation UK admin costs, field visits, reporting costs
  • Background


    Nkhotakota district - also known as


    An estimated 30,000 children aged 0-15 every year. These children live in the remote villages of Nkhotakota district where there are no doctors, no pharmacies and no public transport. A significant percentage of the sick children we treat have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. A successful facet of our programme is the holistic care we provide to the children living with AIDS.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    World Medical Fund for Children was founded in 1997 by two ex-NHS professionals with the mission of delivering quality health care to the world's most vulnerable children. We have a wealth of experience and lead the field in the delivery of primary care to children in difficult, resource-poor environments.
    We are a focused and cost-effective charity and are extremely good at what we do!

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Matson Dezi

    Matson, our Executive Director, is rightly regarded as one of the best medical & surgical clinician in Malawi. He joined us in 2005.

    Village Health Committee

    150 village health volunteers support the mobile clinic - from organising the queues on clinic day to following up cases treated.

Our work in Malawi


provide one course of antibiotics to 100 children

“ Volunteer with the mobile clinic & you will come away feeling that you have been part of something really worthwhile.”

Dr Caroline Lockley