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Scotland Malawi Partnership
Scotland Malawi Partnership
 Scotland-Malawi Oxygen Appeal

Scotland-Malawi Oxygen Appeal

Why we need your help

The Open O2 team at work in their mobile workshop in Zomba, 15th February

This was a very quick and short emergency appeal which took place in the last two weeks of February 2021, looking at what emergency support could be offered to support oxygen therapy in Malawi in the second wave of Covid.  We are extremely grateful for all the many kind donations. The appeal technically closed on the 28th Feb but we will keep this online giving interface live until mid-March for any final donations which missed the deadline. Those who wish to, can also contact alan[at]Scotland-malawipartnership.org for information about how you can donate by cheque or bank transfer. Click here for news about how the first £22k raised was spent at the end of the first week of the appeal, and we will update this page shortly with full information about the final sum raised and exactly how the funds are being spent.

As Malawi suffers its second Covid wave, far worse than its first, there is a critical shortage of oxygen to treat those in hospital.  The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) has established an urgent, time-limited appeal through which people can donate to support oxygen supply in Malawi.

Decision-making as to how best to offer urgent support for Malawi in this area has come from the expert-led Scotland-Malawi Oxygen Supply Coordination Group, chaired by Mr Alberto Gregori MB ChB Glasgow, FRCS Ed, FRCS Eng, FRCS Ed (Orth), DFM Glasgow, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

In the first instance, funds will be used to support emergency assistance to help repair the numerous broken Oxygen Concentrators currently onsite in Malawian Hospitals. This will be delivered by a Malawian organisation, “Open O2”  which has already started work on this project, commencing in Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Central Hospital, with Malawian engineers donating their time pro bono. Currently over 350 Oxygen Concentrators needing repair have been identified and experience so far has shown a relatively easy repair is possible for about half of these. Others will require spares that are already en route to Malawi.  “Open O2” has repurposed a minibus and is using this as a mobile workshop, travelling the country to rehabilitate oxygen concentrators. Each planned hospital trip costs about US$600 and is likely to result in the repair of some 30 oxygen concentrators (for comparison, 30 new concentrators would cost around US$30,000, and take 4-6 weeks to arrive).

If donations allow, further funds will be used to supply Oxygen Saturation Monitors across Malawi. An essential part of the diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19 involves the ability to measure the amount of Oxygen in a patient’s blood. This assessment, using a simple Oxygen Saturation Monitor, allows determination of the amount of Oxygen required to effectively treat the patient and monitor ongoing therapy. The same monitors are required as part of the normal safety monitoring of patients during surgery, childbirth and treatment of critical illness -they are in very short supply throughout Malawi.  A medical grade Oxygen saturation monitor and probes costs £250 and lasts years.  We have identified 250 units which are currently available in the UK for immediate delivery by airfreight.  All packaging material around the units would be replaced with oxygen tubing and other cheap, soft essential medical supplies, to ensure no space is wasted in the airfreight.

For further details about the Scotland Malawi Partnership visit www.scotland-malawipartnership.org.

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Main photo: The Open O2 team at work in their mobile workshop in Zomba, 15th February

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is a company limited by guarantee (SC294378) and a registered Scottish charity (SC037048)

 This campaign is now closed, and no longer accepting donations.

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Supporters

Mar 16, 2021

Gillian Dawson

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Mar 07, 2021

Anonymous

250.00

Mar 05, 2021

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Mar 04, 2021

Maggie Cooke

100.00
(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Mar 04, 2021

Anonymous

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Mar 04, 2021

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Mar 02, 2021

David Emma and boys

30.00
(plus 7.50 giftaid)

Mar 02, 2021

Pingu

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Mar 02, 2021

David Carrick

20.00
(plus 5.00 giftaid)

Mar 02, 2021

Joe Watson

Drumpellier Christian Fellowship are keeping you all in prayer that God will bless and protect you all

20.00

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