Who we are
The CHIRA (Chichewa for ‘get well’) Fund exists to promote the health of adult patients admitted to Queen’s medical wards by improving the environment in which they are cared for. There are over 10,000 admissions to the hospital each year. 80% of those admitted are infected with HIV and 30% of people who are admitted die on the ward. Although there have been many significant improvements in the past years, the wards continue to be overcrowded, with frequent drug shortages and a severe lack of medical and maintenance staff.
We receive donations from organisations, friends, past and present staff and well wishers from all over the world; however as is the case in most hospitals worldwide, adult medical wards are not usually the target of benevolent donors. It is important, however, to remember that in these beds lies someone’s mother or father, brother or sister and very often the breadwinner of the family. We use the money to provide for everyday needs for the hospital’s patients, who are among the poorest of the poor. We aim particularly to provide a cleaner environment, better toilet and ablution facilities, wheelchairs and, in emergencies, drugs that may be temporarily out-of-stock.