Few beds have bed sheets. Most of the green vinyl mattress cover itself and many of them are soiled, ripped, and torn. The Malawi Project provides supplies and bed sheets to over 100 hospitals in Malawi.
Newborn with her mother. There are no bed sheets; only clothing brought with them to the hospital.
Blessings Hospital is on the campus with The Malawi Project. It is one of the better equipped hospitals in all of Malawi. A new surgical wing has recently been completed and expected to open in 2007. www.malawiproject.org
These are two of the ambulances for Blessings Hospital. Both were broke down when we got there in July 2006.
Typical room. No bed sheets, no pillow.
Sometimes one finds bedsheets so soiled from human elimation and use the smell is overwhelming.
Malawi is the third poorest country in the world. They cannot fully help themselves. We have to help get them back on their feet. Can you help?
This nurse has a 50% chance of becoming HIV positive thanks to the poor availability of protection of such things as surgical gloves and proper sterilization techniques.
While visiting a maternity ward at Bottoms Hospital we met an American volunteer nurse who had fifteen babies to deliver overnight and no surgical gloves. We delivered some to her.
Patient in a lonely bed. There is not much to help them. There are few supplies; probably not even a Tylenol. Many go to the hospital to die.
The Malawian in the window is visiting a family member. She will sleep on the ground outside and cook for the patient.
Yes, we can use bed sheets.
Notice the condition of the mattress. We can use mattresses and pillows too.
Some hospitals have no running water. Thus the garbage cans with spouts. Sterilization is major problem and a contributor to HIV/AIDS spread.
This mattress has nothing left but the foam with soiled bed sheets.
This patient brought her own blanket with her because they know there may not be bed sheets or that they will be filthy.
"Momma Suzi" Stephens with hospital staff at a 2006 hospital visit and medical supplies distribution.
How would you like to lie on that mattress with no bed sheets?
Some beds have sheets. More than likely they were provided by The Malawi Project on an earlier visit.
Mother with newborn.
These are mothers waiting to have their baby. A typical mother will have six to seven children in her lifetime. It is amazing how quiet it was with so many pregnant women waiting and in labor. They have an amazing pain tolerance.
These mothers relax on the floor awaiting their time to give birth.